Chicken with mustard, chives, runner beans & peas (page 48)
Switch & Mix
The chicken can be substituted for the salmon on page 55 or the pork chops on page 83. If you use the recipe with pork chops, brush the lemon and mustard mixture on once you have fried the pork rather than before you cook it. Season them as per this recipe and then cook them for the time that I give you on their recipes. In the case of the pork chops, add the pan juices to the saucy pea and bean mixture.
Practical Playtime / Jobs for the Kids
- Zest the lemon. (Do this together quite a few times and always supervise.)
- Squeeze the lemon. (Explain to kids why they need to steer clear of any cuts or nicks on their fingers.)
- Measure the Dijon mustard. (Do this together, and make sure they wash any off their fingers and keep it away from their eyes.)
- Put the chicken breasts on the baking tray and make sure the kids wash their hands very well afterwards. Explain to kids that raw chicken can give them food poisoning.
- Cut the butter with a butter knife.
- Peel the onion. Start your child off by cutting off the tops with a knife. Then peel the skin just enough to give them something to grip and then pull off. This is extremely satisfying at any age.
- Weigh, top and tail the runner beans.
- Get the peas from the freezer. (This can be a huge source of fun, just make sure the bag is well sealed before they get it out and when they put it back in.)
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 diaries 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.