Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kid friendly

I googled it. I came up with a recipe for blue cheese burgers with garlic aoli. Seriously. The dude tagged his recipe as "kid friendly." His kids eat blue cheese and raw eggs? Well, mine don't. So we're going back to the current chicken stand by around here. Today, I'm sharing.

Tori's Cheez-It Chicken

Two Chicken breasts, cut into long skinny pieces
(about a pound)

1 cup Cheez-It Spicy Crackers

2 slices toasted wheat bread

1 egg from a happy, well cared for hen

2 little pie pans

Dump the cheese crackers, torn up slice of toast, and 1 teaspoon of salt into a little food processor and grind it all up. Dump it into a little pie pan.

Beat the egg with a tablespoon or so of water (or milk of you'd prefer) and pour into a little pie pan.

Dip the chicken pieces in the egg and then roll them in the crumbs. This is a two kid job. One kid does the egg. One does the crumbs. They will fight. Just roll with it.

Lay each piece in a glass baking dish and cook in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes if you have a convection oven. Go 20 if your oven is just a regular oven for regular people.

I hope you have those squirt bottles with the tiny tip on them, because they are fun to play with. Give one kid a squirt bottle with ketchup in it and give the other kid a squirt bottle with mustard in it. Let them decorate the big white plate you'll be serving supper on. Little chefs like to play with condiments, too.
A note about salt: Unless you have sourced your own chicken from someone you know isn't soaking or injecting the meat with saline, you have salty-grocery-store-chicken. Around here, you can buy "Smart Chicken" at Hy-Vee. It's not injected with saline. If you are using regular grocery-store chicken, leave out that last pinch of salt and salt the meat itself after you've cooked it and tasted it.
Those are smoothies in the photo. Yes, my girls like to drink their smoothies from little wine glasses. We ate lettuce from the garden that night, too. Turns out kids like to eat things they grew themselves. Amazing. Maybe someday our school lunch programs will figure this out?

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