Like I mentioned in my last post, making a roast chicken is a great way to start the week. The problem is that sometimes our loving lil’ ones won’t just eat plain pieces of chicken with a side of vegetables.. (if yours does you, you are one of the lucky ones). It’s moments like these when we have to use our mommy “cooking-ingenuity” to re-invent the meal in a way that is interesting, delicious and enticing. For my Jojo, that means that it has to be an interesting shape, include some type of carb and be served with his favorite vegetables or fruits.
Roast chicken is my favorite thing to cook because it can be magically re-invented in a variety of ways. Recently I have used it to create homemade chicken patties and homemade “hot pockets”. I created these meals myself and tailored them to Jojo’s likes, so experiment with them and change them to fit your lil’ one’s tastes.
- 2 celery stalks diced
- ¼ c shredded carrots
- ¼ c diced red onion
- dash of garlic powder
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 slice multigrain bread Broken into small pieces
- ½ c diced or shredded chicken
- 1 tsp mayonnaise
- 1 egg
In a frying pan sauté the celery, carrots and red onions until onions and celery are translucent. Remove from frying pan and allow to cool. In a food processor/ blender combine bread pieces, chicken, mayonnaise, egg and garlic powder and process until mixture is combined. Add sautéed vegetables to mixture. Mix with fork to combine. For smoother consistency, process vegetables with bread mixture. The chicken patty picture will be wet. Poor bread crumbs onto a plate. Scoop chicken mixture into a ball and roll it in the breadcrumb (like you are rolling a sticky meatball). Then press the patty flat in your hand and allow to rest on a plate before frying (approx 5 minutes). Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. When the oil is hot place the chicken patties in the oil and cook until both sides are golden brown. You can also bake these in a 400-degree oven (drizzle a little oil on each to allow them to get golden brown).
Quick & Easy Chicken Hot Pockets- I literally came up with this idea because I was craving a hot pocket and knew that Jojo would love it.
- ¼ c mixed vegetables -cooked
- ½ c diced cooked chicken
- ¼ shredded cheddar
- 3 tbsp chicken stock
- dash of garlic powder
Filling- In a food processor combine bread, half the cooked vegetables, cooked chicken, chicken stock and garlic powder and blend. Add remaining frozen vegetables and ¼ of shredded cheddar to mixture. Stir with a fork.
Prepare Bisquick biscuit dough according to recipe on the box. (I use the Heart- healthy variety). Sprinkle 2 tbsp of Bisquick mix on the counter and roll out the biscuit dough. Roll dough into a large rectangle. With a biscuit cutter cut-out circles. TO make 1 hotpocket you will need to circles (make sure that the dough is thin, approx 1/4″ thick). Place a dollop of filling in a circle and then lay another circle on top. Use the fork to seal the edges like a ravioli. Place the “hot pocket” on a baking pan and cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.