Vanessa is a mum to two toddlers that are pretty fussy at the best of times. I can't let them eat sausages or cereal every night!
Kid-Friendly Chicken Wraps
Introducing salad is hard with kids who don't like vegetables. With this recipe, they can see you model your favourite combination and decide on their own.
I like to put everything on platters and plates and let the kids use my plastic tongs (which they think are fantastic) to pick and choose what they like. Even if they don't choose lettuce and cucumber or tomatoes this time, exposure to healthy foods is key to eventual familiarity and acceptance of trying new things.
This recipe is easy and yummy; anything on the list can be swapped, substituted, or added. These ingredients are the basics, but you could add capsicum peppers, pickled zucchini (pictured), or different cheeses. You could also swap chicken for beef, lamb, or even a meat substitute like crumbed mushroom or tofu.
Make it spicy or not. It's a winner in my house.
- 150g per adult less for kids chicken breast or thigh, sliced into strips
- enough to coat bread crumbs
- tomatoes, chopped
- cheese, grated
- lettuce, shredded
- sour cream, light or full cream
- cucmber, sliced into thin battons
- optional avocado, mashed or sliced
- milk, enough to cover chicken
- oil (olive or peanut or even coconut), a dash into the milk
- seasoning, herbs/chilli/coriander/parsley - whatever you prefer
- Slice the chicken into strips and place into a bowl.
- Add whatever seasoning you like—sometimes I use a pinch from a packet of Mexican chicken seasoning, sometimes herbs, sometimes just salt and pepper. Whatever flavour your family likes can be added to the chicken.
- Pour in enough milk to cover the chicken and add a drizzle of oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. This can be left overnight or used as-is. All the chefs I see on TV have a production line of egg wash, breadcrumbs, etc., etc. I don't have time for that. I find the breadcrumbs stick just fine this way—but you can do it the long way if you like.
- Chop all your salads and put them all pretty on a platter. I put mine in the middle of the table and let the kids go nuts—they love it. There is always grated cheese everywhere after dinner but so what—they ate and they had a good time. Serve it outside if you don't like a mess.
- Grab a baking tray and put some baking paper on it—if you don't have baking paper, make sure to oil the tray. If you want to deep-fry or pan-fry these guys instead, do that. I chuck mine in the oven and cook them on 200 degrees Celsius or around 390 Fahrenheit. Don't forget to pre-heat. In the oven, they will need about 15 minutes and then a turn-over and then another 10-15 minutes depending on whether your oven is any good.
- Grab your chicken strips one at a time—out of the milk mix and coat it in bread crumbs. Put each strip on the baking tray. If you are using the frying pan, line the pieces up on a plate, ready to fry. I don't own a deep fryer, so if you are doing that you are on your own and hopefully know what you are doing.
- Get the condiments you like plus some serving utensils and place them all on the table. I like smokey BBQ sauce, some sweet chili sauce and a smear of sour cream on mine. Hubby likes garlic aioli and so do the kids. Do what makes you happy.
- Your chicken should be done by now if you had it in the over while you were prepping everything—if you are frying—get it all fried and crispy and put it on a platter.
- Heat your tortillas per packet instructions and place a nice clean tea towel over them to keep them warm.
- Place your desired toppings on your tortilla and fold it up - see the instructional picture if you don't know how or look at the back of the tortilla packet—they usually have instructional pictures. My 3-year-old likes me to help him and my 1-year-old likes to mess up the floor.
If Your Family Likes a Heartier Meal:
- Add microwave or fresh cooked brown or white rice.
- Turn your avocado into guacamole by adding finely diced onion, coriander (cilantro) and salt and pepper.
- Try different lettuces like arugula/rocket (rocket is the Australian version.)
- Crumb some vegetables like sweet potato (yams), eggplant (aubergine) - just cut them up into chip shapes, crumb and fry in oil.