Curried chicken with tomato, lemon & almond dressing (page 44)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the orange juice.
  • Zest the lemon. (Do this together quite a few times and always supervise.) 
  • Squeeze the lemon. (Explain to your kids why they need to steer clear of any cuts or nicks on their fingers.) 
  • Peel, chop or grate 1 large clove of garlic with as much supervision as the kids need.
  • Grate the ginger with as much supervision as they need.
  • 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.
  • Mix the dressing together.
  • Measure the flaked almonds (if you are using them).
  • Measure the extra virgin olive oil. 
  • Count the dried apricots.
  • Pick the mint leaves from their stalks.


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.

Jake 4 years 6 months, James 1 year 10 months

Ras-el-hanout or ginger in small doses are sweet and not too hot for kids, ideal for getting kids used to eating spices. If you're concerned though, just halve the amount. Jess and I have had no luck so far getting the kids to eat almonds or any nuts, but I’m not at all worried about that, I just add them to the dressing for Jess and me once I’ve served the kids. Pumpkin seeds would be fun with this in place of the almonds. They also make a lovely snack. I know some kids can't eat nuts, so it is always best to check.