This weekend, I embarked on writing on the topic of cross-contamination. As a parent with children with food allergies…it is one of my greatest fears.
The more I wrote, the more I realized how much a factor it plays in my daily life. Cross-contamination touches so many parts of my life the story seemed to take on a life of its own.
I am going to take my time with it and present it as a series. In the meantime, this weeks posts will be a series of simple allergen free dinners that our family enjoys.
To start off the week, I am offering one of my boys’ favourite dinners…‘Flat’ Chicken.
Below is Michael’s finished masterpiece.
Named appropriately as my boys enjoy flattening the chicken themselves!
This is a great hands on recipe for children to experience a start to finish meal. This recipe also offers children an opportunity to try new flavours by choosing their own spices. I am sure you all have an array of them, like I do, tucked away in your cupboards.
Bring them all out to the counter and let your children familiarize themselves with their smells. I often remind my kids that many of the spices before them they have already enjoyed in other dishes without perhaps even knowing.
Chili Powder in the Barbeque Sauce for the Ribs, Sage in our Dairy Free Stuffing, Thyme on our Roast Pork, Oregano on Pizza.
My boys are not always involved in the preparation of dinner so this recipe gives us the opportunity to share some quality time…I need to incorporate their skills more often!
I hope you will find this a fun introduction to the joys of cooking in your kitchen with your children.
Boys’ ‘Flat’ Chicken
2 chicken breasts, butterflied
enough canola oil for coating chicken
variety of spices
salt and pepper
I use my Cuisinart Griddler for this recipe. Turn the grill to high.
Meanwhile, prep the chicken:
Place a sheet of wax paper on the counter and place butterflied chicken breasts on top and cover with another sheet of wax paper.
As we do not have a mallet, we use an old rolling-pin to flatten the chicken. Kids enjoyed this part!
Peel off the top wax paper
Drizzle a bit of canola oil over the chicken and rub it in all over.
Now the fun part! Kids can choose their spices to sprinkle over their chicken.
Rub the spices into the chicken.
Matthew’s chicken breast is on the left and Michael’s is on the right.
Tip 1: I sometimes advise the boys to tap a bit of spice into the palm of their hands and then using their fingers, sprinkle the spices over the chicken. It eliminates the problem of dumping a whole pile of spices in one dose.
Matthew’s spices included: Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, salt and pepper.
Michael’s spices included: Thyme, Oregano, Chili Powder, Italian Seasonings, salt and pepper.
Place the chicken spice side down and cook on high for approximately 3 minutes. Turn and cook a further 3 minutes.
Tip 2: The boys help with the turning of the chicken with supervision.
The boys enjoyed their ‘Flat’ Chicken with a side of Basmati Rice and Peas. Below is Matthew’s masterpiece. Yummy!
P.S. Is there a favourite recipe your children enjoy assisting with in the kitchen?
How often do your children help out with meals?