See the slideshow to go on an adventure with a chicken breast

Photographs copyright Peter Knab

Baked chicken breasts (page 41)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Put the chicken breasts on the baking tray. Make sure your kids wash their hands very well afterwards. Explain to them that raw chicken can give them food poisoning. 
  • Brush the seasoning(s) onto and all over the chicken breasts.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary


Note to readers For the Chicken Breast chapter My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary is less diary-like than the diary about the other hero ingredients in ADVENTURES WITH INGREDIENTS. This is because I wrote the diary entries as a series of tasting notes which went into the book's recipe introductions, before I decided to write the fuller diaries with this site in mind. I will add to the Chicken Breast Diary as time goes on.

Jake 4 years 5 months, James 1 year 9 months 

Chicken breasts are a handy standby for the tiny and toothless. (This description became 'babies and toddlers', which is a much clearer way to say it – I'm writing this note over two years later and I recently lost a tooth opening a vinegar bottle!) I’ll often cook an extra breast, chop it finely, freeze it in ice cube trays. Then if I’ve got some vegetables and potatoes to use up in a puree or chopped mixture, but no protein, I’ll just grab a cube.