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Easy Instant Pot Kids Recipes

Instant Pot kids recipes are essential when you have little ones at home! Easy and tasty breakfast and dinner ideas that will make them smile are here! 

instant pot kid recipes

I have three girls, I know what it means to have easy Instant Pot kids recipes on hand when you’re busy! If you’re looking for an entire list of our easy Instant Pot recipes you can check those out as well. Welcome friends! (originally published 3/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Kids Recipes

Though mine are older I remember the days of “that looks funny” or when they weren’t vegetable lovers. I have suggestions on how to change that too though. 😉

The first thing you might try is this pressure cooker yogurt. Load it with fruit on top and I guarantee it will be a hit. Then move on to lunch and dinner too! Use your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi pot, doesn’t have to be an IP.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Kid-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes for Picky Eaters

What are kid friendly meals?

There are too many to list but here we’re focusing on InstaPot kids recipes they will love. Yes we love an occasional air fryer grilled cheese too but for dinner with the family this is a quick way to make everything.

What are good family dinners?

From Instant Pot chicken broccoli rice to a bunch of simple sausage recipes, we have a TON here to choose from. They all have a quick cooking time for busy families.

Kid Friendly Recipes

What is for dinner tonight kid friendly?

There are TONS of options beyond our 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili loaded with cheese on top! From boxed to homemade mac and cheese, to sloppy joes and more. We’re here to help!

What are the easiest meals to make?

My number one is always spaghetti, any sort of casserole, or this easy orange chicken recipe in a pressure cooker over rice.

If you’re just looking for Instant Pot dinner recipes we have over 100+ ideas here. You can click on the blue link and then bookmark it for later. Then after you try all of these and write down which ones were the biggest hits you can tackle that list.

kid friendly instant pot recipes

Kid approved Instant Pot recipes

How can you save this page so you can refer back to it often?? I am glad you asked my friend. Here are some easy instructions on how to do just that:

  • If you’re already looking at this on mobile then you’re set!
  • Push the square icon with an arrow pointing up on the bottom of your screen.
    • I only know iPhone so……
  • Scroll to the right on the bottom row of icons and press “Add to Home Screen”
  • Press Add
  • Now you’ll have an Instant Pot kids recipes icon that will go right to this page!
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InstaPot kid recipes

First of all I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot because it makes clean up so much easier!

Classic Instant Pot chicken noodle soup we have more pressure cooker chicken recipes here too.

boxed mac and cheese instant pot

Now the pressure cooker recipes for kids I’m listing are guaranteed favorites. If you want to try a vegetable to serve on the side, try our Instant Pot cauliflower mash!

We used purple cauliflower to make it really kid friendly.

pressure cooker cheesy chili mac 2

Pressure Cooker Kids Recipes

2 ingredient Instant Pot salsa chicken is a favorite around here for taco Tuesdays! Talk about a super cheap meal too. I mean it costs me under 20 bucks for all the ingredients and is always a hit, even with my picky husband.

Pressure cooker cheesy chicken spaghetti is fantastic. Use Velveeta or shredded cheese. I suggest Rotel to give it a bit of heat and lots of flavor.

Pressure Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Instant Pot kids recipes

Once you’ve gone through these then continue on to our other easy Instant Pot recipes too.

Or use sausage and make our Instant Pot sausage and rice casserole. With ooey gooey cheesiness inside the mix itself and melted on the top it is sure to be a hit even with your picky eaters at home.

instant pot sausage and rice 2

Kids Recipes Instant Pot

Let’s continue on. Now you also want to make meals that the adults in the house will love too right? Us too. If you introduce “different” but appetizing selections early on they are more likely to be more adventurous later on.

For little hands, Instant Pot egg bites are great! Let them choose what they want you to add into their muffin cup. A high protein, but FUN meal!

instant pot egg bites

Want some more options now? Let’s talk soup and some Mexican recipes with loads of flavor too shall we?

  • My youngest loves Instant Pot meatball soup with bread for dinner. I use frozen meatballs so it cooks in only 15 minutes cooking time.
    • You could make your own Italian meatballs with ground beef or ground turkey if you preferred.
  • Oh yes they’ll say after this Cheesy Instant Pot goulash recipe. Creamy with a bit of half and half, I would use ground spicy sausage to get bold flavors.
  • This has tons of flavor = Instant Pot taco casserole! You can see it below and it is a complete meal in one bowl.

Serving fruit with dinner is always fun and applesauce is always a winner. Try that with fresh apples and some cinnamon! You’ll have enough for leftovers which you can store in mason jars. It makes for a great after school snack too.

Let’s talk about an easy one, chicken tenders. You don’t have to only resort to processed frozen pieces in the bag for this. You can make Instant Pot frozen chicken tenders so easily right at home.

Then brush and serve with your favorite chicken dipping sauces or homemade teriyaki sauce and let them go!

Then try our Instant Pot Philly cheesesteak pasta for dinner. If you slice the meat into really small bite size pieces you will get them as tender as possible for little mouths.

instant pot philly cheesesteak pasta
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Instant Pot Kids Recipes

Tons of easy Instant Pot kids recipes are here, with how to cook frozen chicken tenders in a pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi too.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, chicken tenders, frozen, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 171kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 12 chicken tenders timing is for frozen, not breaded
  • 1.5 c water


  • Pour water into pot. Lower trivet or vegetable steamer basket down to the bottom.
  • Run frozen tenders under water just enough to break them apart. Then place on rack or in basket overlapping the least amount possible.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Close lid and seal steam valve shut.
  • Cook on high pressure for 7 minutes with a 15 minute natural release. Remove, place on a plate and smother with bbq sauce or teriyaki sauce, enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Kids Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 555mg16%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Now let’s talk about some ultimate kid recipes they will love here.

instant pot salisbury steak

This next soup is always a hit with little ones. Tell them that the cheeseburger melted into a sea of cheese and we get to eat it for dinner!

If you have a Ninja Foodi you can make all of these too! All recipes for these multi cooker pots are interchangeable so don’t fret. Just follow along and enjoy.

easy apricot chicken

Dinner ideas for kids and adults

No, these aren’t going to be pleasing to your kids, you are important too. 😉 I mean bring on the wows from your taste buds means you’ll be pleased and want to make them over and over again.

What is your favorite family friendly Instant Pot recipe you’ve made recently? If it isn’t one we haven’t tried then share the recipe below. LOVE love trying new things.

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Yes I still do love my slow cooker and use it from time to time, but primarily my pressure cooker and air fryer are used daily. If you’re looking for specific recipes with low saturated fat you can refer to our healthy pressure cooker recipes post here.

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Monday 17th of July 2023

That salisbury steak and mashed potatoes was fantastic. I'll definitely be coming back to this for ideas in the future!


Monday 17th of July 2023

This is such a great and comprehensive list! Chili mac so far has been a hit. I'm sure my kids will love others


Monday 17th of July 2023

This is a fantastic collection! Bookmarking for later, the chili mac was already a hit because my 4 year old needs to expand his palate. Fussy, these little ones!

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