Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday's Kid Tested Recipe: The best baked chicken and summer fruits salad ever (at least my family thinks so)!

I hate sneaking food into my children's diets, so I thought I would share some of the recipes that I make with my kids (ages 4 & 2)! When kids help cook, they rarely avoid the food because they helped to make it! I'll try to note steps that even the youngest children can help with in the kitchen!

This is definitely a great recipe for you, even if you don't have kids! And if you make extra chicken ahead of time, you can stretch the chicken into a multitude of recipes throughout the week without getting bored! My kids gobble this salad up every time! They love all the colors and the fresh berries and pineapple! (and look I finally remembered to take a picture!)

The best baked chicken and summer fruits salad ever!
The best baked chicken and summer fruits salad ever
(at least my family thinks so)!!

What you'll need to make it (for 4 entree size portions)!
Baked Chicken:
1 lb Chicken tenderloins (baked – see below), Olive Oil, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Ground Black Pepper
Salad:
Strawberries (1 quart, hulled, and sliced)
Blueberries (1/2 pint washed)
Canned Chunk Pineapple (depending on the sizes of the pineapple chunks, you may want to slice into smaller bites, we use about 1/2 of a can)
Feta Cheese
Baby Romaine Lettuce (we buy the pre-washed organic)
Dressing of your choice (we like Kraft Parmesan Balsamic Vinaigrette, my oldest likes Ranch, my youngest likes his plan)
Yummy add-ins: sunflower seeds, almonds slices, toasted pecans, or croutons

How to make it!
Baked Chicken (and you can make this ahead of time and refrigerate):
I typically use Chicken Tenderloins because they cook faster and I will cook up 2-3 pounds at a time for leftovers! Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Prep the tenderloins by removing the tendons (stringy white thing by pulling your knife on either side). Place tenderloins in a single-layer in a heavy baking dish (glass or ceramic works best) and lightly toss in Olive Oil, then lightly season with Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt, and Ground Black Pepper. Cover your baking dish with foil and place dish in pre-heated oven. No need to really check on this one (never serve raw or undercooked poultry so check doneness with a meat thermometer). I always “over-cook” chicken, so I leave in the oven for ~2 hours. When you remove from the oven, shred the chicken into small pieces using two forks. If you make extra chicken, you can save for BBQ chicken sandwiches (just add small dinner rolls and BBQ sauce), Chicken Quesadillas (just add tortillas and cheese)..and many more ideas!

Preparing the Salad:
Place greens in each dish first – be generous, there are lots of good vitamins in greens! Then add your berries, pineapple, and feta cheese. Top each salad with a handful of shredded chicken and lightly drizzle with your favorite salad dressing (obviously some flavors will taste better - think vinaigrette when you're shopping)!


Have a great recipe or a food/cooking blog? Feel free to link up now or send me an e-mail! I am going to start featuring recipes of others every friday...I just haven't gotten my act together yet! I'd love it if you'd grab the button, but it's not a requirement to join in!

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8 comments:

Julie Friday, August 20, 2010 at 7:29:00 AM CDT  

Hi! I'm your newest follower from Follow Me Friday! Your baked chicken salad looks awesome, I host a family food recipe swap on Fridays, I would love to have you link up with me. Check it out here:

http://www.gethealthycheap.com/2010/08/family-food-fridays-820.html

Hope to see you there. :)

Megan Friday, August 20, 2010 at 7:47:00 AM CDT  

Hello!

I just want to thank you so much for stopping by Mommy Minded! I am so happy to have you and I am following back!

Megan
www.mommyminded.blogspot.com

Katerina Friday, August 20, 2010 at 10:21:00 AM CDT  

I love the combination of chicken and fruits in this salad. It looks very tasty.

Debby Friday, August 20, 2010 at 1:17:00 PM CDT  

Looks yummy! New follower here. Please follow back at deal-liciousdebby.blogspot.com

I look forward to checking out more kid friendly recipes!

Beth Friday, August 20, 2010 at 4:59:00 PM CDT  

Thanks for visiting from the blog hops and those that made comments about the recipe...thanks so much! my kids love this salad and I was so happy that I actually remembered to take a picture!

PERMANENT POSIES Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 11:49:00 PM CDT  

Now that looks awesome. I think I will do it. Thank you so much for linking up with me. I look forward to more of your great recipes. I want to join your thing in October too.
As you can see, I haven't been blogging about weight loss. Argggggg

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