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Quick- what should I do with this chicken?

Asked by WillWorkForChocolate (23098points) January 26th, 2012

I’m taking a vote, haha.

I’m cooking with chicken this evening, and sick of the same ol’ same ol’. How should I cook this chicken? It’s got to be something a 5 year old would eat, as in, nothing too spicy or fancy schmancy.

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Keep_on_running's avatar

What cut of chicken is it? Or is it whole?

JilltheTooth's avatar

Roast it with an orange juice base and sort of glaze? Not fancy, just adds a bit of flavor…

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Keep_on_running I thawed some boneless chicken breasts.

rebbel's avatar

Whatever suggestions will follow; prepare it as suggested, serve it to the five year old, give the dish a fantasy name, and, most importantly, be sure to use the prefix Mc.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Who is her favorite fantasy or cartoon character? Mix some mustard or OJ or something into a beaten egg, dip the chiken in that, then in flour, bake it and call “Favorite character” chicken. We used to have Sonic the HedgeHog chicken at my house…

janbb's avatar

Follow it across the road.

gravity's avatar

Dress it up in a tuxedo and dance around the living room to some Van Morrison or some Flaming Lips and then fry it up southern style, you can use crushed corn flakes or… frosted flakes since there is a kid involved. I eat alot of chicken pot pies so maybe the first part of the advice would go over better with no cooking involved. Order pizza : D

Keep_on_running's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Ooh, okay. What I like to do is wrap it in puff pastry, along with cheese, tomatoes, olives or whatever you want and bake it for 20–30 minutes until golden and cooked through. It’s really quick and easy.

Pandora's avatar

Depending on what kind of chicken. But if you have chicken breast ,
cut it into strips
In a bowl mix 1–2 eggs and a little bit of milk and scramble. It should be more yellow than white..
On a plate, lay out some italian bread crumbs.
Now take the chicken and dip in the batter and sprinkle with garlic powder
then roll it in the bread crumb and shake out the extra crumbs
Then fry it in heated oil. Fry till the outside is nicely brown, not too dark.
serve with mash potatoes and a side of veggies.

Fly's avatar

Brush it in honey/Dijon mustard or marinate it in Italian dressing, season with salt (and pepper, if necessary), and grill it. It’s super quick and easy, and its flavors are adult and kid-friendly!

marinelife's avatar

Make Beer Can chicken. The kids will be intrigued by the name and the cooking method (if you show them). Note: I just do this in the oven not on a grill.

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

* Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

You can also roast a chicken this way in the oven. Just place it as directed on an open half-filled can of beer, sitting up, in a roasting pan on the lower rack of your oven. Roast at 350°F until done (about an hour fifteen to an hour and a half for a 4 lb chicken). For an alcohol-free version of this recipe, just fill a pint mason jar halfway with chicken stock and use it instead of the beer. You can also use an open can of baked beans (remove the label) instead of the beer. The chicken juices will run into and flavor the baked beans, which you can then use as a side dish for the chicken.

* 1 4-pound whole chicken
* 2 Tbsp olive oil or other vegetable oil
* 1 opened, half-full can of beer, room temperature
* 1 Tbsp kosher salt
* 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 Tbsp dried thyme
* 1 Tbsp black pepper


1 Prepare your grill for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal, put the coals on one side of the grill, leaving another side free of coals. If you are using a gas grill, fire up only half of the burners.

2 Remove neck and giblets from cavity of chicken, if the chicken came with them. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a little bowl, then sprinkle it all over the chicken.

3 Make sure the beer can is open, and only half-filled with beer (drink the other half!) If you want, you can put a sprig of thyme (or another herb like rosemary or sage) in the beer can. Lower the chicken on to the open can, so that the chicken is sitting upright, with the can in its cavity. Place the chicken on the cool side of the grill, using the legs and beer can as a tripod to support the chicken on the grill and keep it stable.

4 Cover the grill and walk away. Do not even check the chicken for at least an hour. After an hour, check the chicken and refresh the coals if needed (if you are using a charcoal grill). Keep checking the chicken every 15 minutes or so, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 160°F – 165°F. The total cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken, and the internal temperature of the grill. A 4 lb chicken will usually take around 1½ hours. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, a way to tell if the chicken is done is to poke it deeply with a knife (the thigh is a good place to do this), if the juices run clear, not pink, the chicken is done.

5 Carefully transfer the chicken to a tray or pan. I say “carefully” because the beer can, and the beer inside of it, is quite hot. One way to do this is to slide a metal spatula under the bottom of the beer can. Use tongs to hold the top of the chicken. Lift the chicken, beer can still inside, and move it to a tray. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Carefully lift the chicken off of the can. If it gets stuck, lay the chicken on its side, and pull out the can with tongs.

Yield: Serves 4.

Simply Recipes

janbb's avatar

If it’s boneless breasts, dip them in olive oil and Italian breadcrumbs. Drizzle some olive oil over them and bake in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes. Easy and tasty.

Aethelwine's avatar

Do you have hamburger buns? You can make shredded bbq chicken sandwiches. Bake the chicken then shred it and mix it with BBQ sauce.

EverRose11's avatar

Note: I always add extra Ritz craker crumbs, kids can not get enough f it, I also serve this with white rice..
1 hen, cooked & cut up
4 c. chicken broth
½ c. celery
1 sm. onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 eggs, beaten
1½ c. American (Velveeta) cheese
4 c. Ritz crackers

The night before combine first 4 ingredients. Just before you get ready to cook casserole add remaining ingredients except 1 cup Ritz crackers. Sprinkle these top of casserole. Bake about 1 hour at 350 degrees in a 9×13 inch casserole dish

janbb's avatar

@EverRose11 That sounds yummy in such a 60s sort of way!

EverRose11's avatar

@janbb it is the one fail proof dish the kids come to my house and beg me to make. LOL You will see if you make it.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

In an incredibly random turn of events, she saw the chicken on the counter and asked for Mama Mia Spaghetti, lol.

Thanks so much for all the amazing chicken recipes, though, I’ll save this for future chicken dilemmas!!!

Kardamom's avatar

Just thinking about what most kids like to eat and the first thing I thought of was pizza. Then I found this recipe for Chicken Pizza Rollups kind of different, kind of fun.

The next thing that came to mind is chicken nuggets, but this recipe for Baked Chicken Nuggets sounds much yummier than the ones from Mickey D’s. Serve with barbecue sauce or a mixture of mayonnaise mixed with sweet and sour sauce.

Most kids like to eat anything that comes on a stick. I found this recipe for Chicken and Apple Skewers that sounds pretty easy to make. I might substitute the onions for a grape tomato or even a pineapple chunk (or other item that you think your kids might like).

And there’s always the old stand-by of mac and cheese, this recipe for Mac and Cheddar Cheese with Broccoli and Chicken might work.

Most kids (and adults) like burgers, this recipe for Chicken Patties is similar to hamburgers and you can make a big batch ahead of time and freeze some for later.

Everybody, including the kids, in my family loves Mexican food. Chicken Fajitas are easy and smell amazing when you are cooking them. I saw another recipe in which they took leftover fajitas and made quesadillas out of them. Yum!

This may sound exotic if you call it Thai Chicken Wraps but if you call them Chicken Peanut Butter Wraps for Jedi Warriors then you can probably pull it off, plus the adults will love them!

And last, but not least, Chicken Nachos Bake

King_Pariah's avatar

How interesting, I’m cooking chicken too!

I’m marinating mine with a mix of virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, and rosemary and then grilling it. Comes out quite tasty and the family (well mine anyway) enjoys it. My mom does something similar sometimes but she bakes it using a convection oven.

talljasperman's avatar

I would cut them into thin strips and fry them on the stove top with lots of butter… and don’t overcook them…just check one every so often until tender and safe to eat… I don’t like chicken breasts any other way seeing I find them dry and tough…even KFC breasts… I prefer oven roasted (thighs) dark meat over white…more greasy, tasty and less expensive. yum.

CWOTUS's avatar

I guess I shouldn’t be answering. I don’t kowtow to 5-year-olds. If they don’t like what we’re having then they can have cereal or nothing.

Mom had an expression for all five of her kids (which worked for me as a parent as well), “If you don’t eat everything on your plate then I’ll give you more.” Don’t question the logic. That logic that you’re trying to mobilize works on adults, not on children who have been raised to realize that, “By god, she will – and we’ll still have to eat it.”

Since Mom made nutritious meals and didn’t overfeed us, this didn’t lead to “food issues” and overfeeding. But we did learn to at least sample what was on the plate before we said a single word against it, and to eat a wide variety of foods.

My choice would be butter chicken curry and basmati rice cooked with cilantro.

Coloma's avatar

Good ol shake-n-bake I have chicken breasts in the oven now too :-)
Also..just regular poultry seasoning is good as well, a bit of olive oil and seasoning, S&P….viola!

Aethelwine's avatar

@Coloma just reminded me of a seasoning that’s good on any meat. Cavender’s. We roasted some chicken legs and thighs in the oven the other night and the only thing I put on the meat was Cavender’s. This stuff does wonders to cheap meat.

SpatzieLover's avatar

I missed this until now @WillWorkForChocolate.

For future reference, one of the most liked chicken recipes in the USA is from Hellmann’s. As a kid and well into my teens/early 20’s, it was one of my favorite things to eat for supper and it’s really good as leftovers as it is or on sandwiches, or tossed into a salad.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Man, I love cooking Mama Mia chicken spaghetti- she eats it up like I haven’t fed her in weeks, LOL!

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