As busy moms of young children, we often struggle to find easy family dinners that our kids will eat. I find that chicken is always a favorite at my house. Even so, I don't like to feed my children processed chicken every day. I try to balance it out with more healthy meals. I have a few chicken recipes for kids on Health Witness that are always a hit at my house and give me a guilt-free mommy moment.
I use chunks of breast meat for my kabobs. If you let your kids help make the skewers you may get them to eat some vegetables with less fuss than usual. I provide the kids with green and red peppers and potatoes. The boys love to help their dad grill these on our deck.
Baked Chicken Wings
This is an easy dish that appeals to kids of all ages. You simply batter the chicken wings with a flour and egg coating. Spray non-stick oil in your pan and pop the chicken in the oven. While the meat is cooking mix a sauce using soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar. If you have a sauce that your family likes better, use that instead. I usually pair this dish with corn on the cob and raw veggies with ranch dip.
Chicken and Rice
My family loves comfort food. Chicken and rice is a great dish to serve for fun family meals. I use the slow cooker for this recipe so it is great fit for busy days. Put boneless chicken breasts in the cooker with some chicken broth and cream of chicken soup. We use brown rice instead of white for a little extra nutrition. A nice side of roasted green beans is easy to prepare with a little oil and salt.
Chicken Noodle Soup
One of my go-to meals for a cold rainy day is a good hearty soup. This is another excellent meal for the slow cooker. I cut up chicken breasts and add carrots, onions, celery, chicken broth, and noodles. We like our soup with some extra spices but you may prefer a plainer taste. Some children do not like strong or spicy flavors in their food.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Fried chicken is wonderful but it is not always prepared in a healthy way. If you use your blender or food processor to cut up freshly cooked chicken you can make your own nuggets. After using the processor I roll small portions in a mix of butter and crushed saltine crackers. I add homemade mashed potatoes or baked fries to this meal.
We are all trying to feed our families food that they enjoy while balancing a need for nutrition. Family dinners are a terrific way to bring the family together at the end of a long day, and engaging with my kids in conversation about their activities is often a highlight of our family meals. For more ideas for family dinners, click here.
About the author: Teresa Dahl is a stay at home mom, and writes a number of health, nutrition and beauty articles for HealthWitness.com. In her spare time, she enjoys finding the latest craft idea on Pinterest!