Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday's Kid-Tested Recipe - Popcorn Chicken (it's not what you're thinking)

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 parents whose kids love chicken nuggets but they want to mix in some healthy staples too!

What you'll need to make it!
Chicken Nuggets (prefer white meat chicken, fully cooked nuggets or organic fully cooked nuggets) (2-3 per child)
Microwave Kettle Corn (98% fat free, snack size pack will make enough for 2 kids)

For sides, we serve with fresh fruit and yogurt for dipping the chicken!

How to make it!
This is a great way to use leftover chicken nuggets or to prepare nuggets and send in school lunches. We cook up the nuggets and cut up into bite size pieces (remember I have young kids)! I let nuggets cool in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, then combine with room temperature cooked popcorn (making sure that all the kernels are removed).

I send my son to school with sliced grapes, his popcorn chicken and yogurt (or a special treat) depending on whether or not he wants dipping sauce for his chicken. Since the chicken is cold, yogurt works well, but you can also send a favorite dip in a small plastic container. Of course, if you're serving at home its easier.

The kettle corn gives the meal a satisfying sweet/salty combo without adding a lot of calories and at least my son thinks it's really fun with his chicken nugget pieces!

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!



Julie @ Get Healthy Cheap Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:23:00 AM CDT  

Thanks for hosting. Believe it or not this recipe made my seven year old eat tomatoes AND spinach without complaining! SCORE! :)

Kathleen Gregg Huertas Friday, September 3, 2010 at 5:25:00 PM CDT  

Hi new follower...I blog about pretty much everything..but mostly to enhance lives of others..that is my passion...I love your popcorn chicken recipe and look forward to reading more...hope you follow back...thx..Kat

Redheadedmom Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 10:29:00 PM CDT  

What a cute idea! Love it!
Thanks for the follow- following back!
I have a lot of recipes I post on my blog you'll have to check them out.

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