Children love to get into the kitchen! If you have a young person in your home that's interested in food and cooking, naturally this is a skill that will serve them well all throughout life. Many children like to help with food preparation and those who are more advanced can even prepare simple recipes with little or no supervision.
Chicken is a favorite meat, no matter how you prepare it. It's always been popular, especially with children. It used to be that chicken was reserved for Sunday lunch, but since it's very economical, it's served all throughout the week. There's never been a shortage of recipes using this popular poultry item! Thumb through any cookbook and you'll always have a supply of recipe to refer to in using chicken!
I've come across a chicken recipes that combine two food items that have always worked well together in both preparation and in taste. The recipe I'm passing along is for one that's easy enough for a beginning cook to make, which is for "Chicken and Broccoli Casserole" and it uses frozen broccoli spears, though you could use the chopped broccoli, if you prefer that. An easy-made recipe, you use either a whole chicken or chicken breasts. The chicken is boiled and removed from the bones, unless you're using boneless chicken breasts, which is what I prefer. The chicken is broken into bite-sized pieces and placed in a casserole dish. The thawed broccoli goes on top of it and two flavors of cream soup go over the chicken, along with some water. Finally, a box of stuffing mix covers it and it's ready for the oven. In about 45 minutes, you'll have a good dish for lunch or dinner.
For young cooks, they may need some help in deboning the chicken, if that's used. Boneless chicken breasts would make this much simpler. All that's basically left to do is open the cans and packages and layer everything on top of the chicken. They can serve this with a salad or another vegetable, a hot bread and a dessert and dinner's completed!
An easy dessert for a young cook would be one I shared sometime back for "Layered Peach Cobbler", which uses canned peaches. Like this dish, the ingredients are layered in a dish and it goes into the oven, ready to be enjoyed with some ice cream. To get the recipe, follow this link:
And for a video on something that children can also make, here's a video link to learn about "Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes" and here's the link to that recipe:
Have the young cook in your family make this for dinner some evening. This may encourage them to want to cook more often!
CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
- 1 whole chicken or 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen broccoli spears, thawed
- 1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing, chicken flavored
Cook chicken in boiling salted water until tender (for flavor, onion can be added, if desired). Drain chicken and when cool enough to handle, break into bite-sized pieces. Place in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Add the cans of soup and 3/4 can water. Mix ingredients carefully. Lay the broccoli spears on top of chicken, spooning some of the sauce over. Spread stuffing mix over all. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.