Chicken legs with fennel, tomatoes & green curry paste (page 214)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Take and shake the seeds out of the pepper.
  • Peel the onions. 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.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 11 months, James 2 years 4 months


Everyone was very tired when we first ate this. Jess had her first day at a new job. It was Jake’s first full week at school. James had a full day at day care. And I was generally miserable like the spoilt old man I've become. I have to eat lunch alone every day now and I miss them all. 

I made this recipe for two and added a wing and a drumstick to the pan for Jake and James. Jake loved it all except for the fennel until I chopped it more finely for him at the table. I fed him this last bit with a spoon as he looked ready to drop off to sleep. I had already chopped everything very finely for James. I was making notes in the kitchen and took a while to get to the table. When I did, James was chomping away on his wing. 'Done it,' he said, 'done it' showing me he’d eaten his chicken off the bone. 

After the chicken, James had eaten enough to take the edge off his hunger and he took a long time to eat his vegetables and rice. We had to bribe him with strawberry yogurt to eat the last few spoonfuls, but he ate everything. I hadn’t adjusted the spice at all either. This is at least partially because I don’t put much chilli in my paste and I blend it to a smooth puree. But all the way along we’ve had great success with green curry.  

I tested this recipe four times in total and I’ve found it an excellent standby. I have had it re-heated as is and I made a tasty salad with everything chopped and mixed into giant couscous for Jake’s school lunch one day. I also chopped the vegetables and chicken one night and stirred them through long grain rice with plenty of the sauce so that it was soupy, hot, comforting and easy to eat. Jess was away and we three boys ate it with spoons. I even managed to get some tiny morsels of red pepper into James. Briefly...