Kid Friendly Recipes: Chicken Strips for the Whole Family

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recipes to cook with kids-chicken stripsBetween sick kids and packing for our move from the apartment to our new house, I have been continuously moving, yet somehow not getting that much done. This afternoon alone I think I walked at least 50 complete circles around the entire apartment doing various activities that amounted to basically moving things from one room to another. This is why, despite the fact that we have lots of great stuff we want to share here on the blog, we’re a bit behind on production. There are some cool St. Patrick’s day recipes and crafts on their way though.

In the meantime, we’re super excited to have a Guest Blogger, Angie Picardo, from NerdWallet. Although she usually is blogging about financial ‘stuff’ today she’s sharing a family friendly recipe that is great for making with the kiddies. Thanks Angie!

Happy Family Cooking Everyone!

Chicken Strips for the Whole Family
This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for an easy family-made and kid-approved meal. This way, not only are you cooking dinner, you’re having fun together preparing a healthy meal everyone is sure to love. Here are your ingredients.

Kid Friendly Recipes: Chicken Strips for the Whole Family

Kid Friendly Recipes: Chicken Strips for the Whole Family


  • 4-5 Chicken breasts (or breast filets)
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


    The Fun Part: Tenderizing
  • Kids love this first step. Lay out your chicken breasts on a cutting board and let your little ones have at ‘em with a kitchen mallet. Tenderizing this way will seal in the flavor and make cooking go faster. (And it’s also a lot of fun!) Once they’ve thinned out (you might have to exert some additional grown-up force with the mallet), cut the breasts into strips and set aside to marinate.
  • Making Them Yummy: Marinating
  • Whether you have time to marinate for an hour or overnight (though don’t leave them longer than that), adding some spices to your chicken is a great way to make this recipe delicious and unique to your family. I suggest rubbing garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper into each strip, and then sealing them in a plastic bag with olive oil. Put the bags in the refrigerator and let the magic happen.
  • Adding the Crumbly: Breading
  • Place one plastic grocery bag inside another and add a half-flour, half-cornmeal mixture. Let your child (with assistance) shake up the bag’s contents to combine the ingredients. Meanwhile, use a medium-sized bowl to create a mixture of milk and eggs in which to dip the strips.
  • Remove the marinated strips from the refrigerator and create a family assembly line: strips get dipped, and then placed in flour/cornmeal bag to be shaken up. Once the strips are coated, they’re ready to be cooked.
  • Heating it Up: Frying
  • This last part is for grown-ups only; the kids can cheer you on. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy skillet on medium-high heat for a few minutes. Add the vegetable oil. You want the oil exceedingly hot in order to seal in the juices. Add the breaded strips. Cook until golden brown.
  • Let the strips sit on paper towels for 3-5 minutes to drain excess oil and cool. Enjoy with the whole family.

Angie Picardo is a staff writer for NerdWallet, a personal finance website dedicated to helping families eat great on a budget with the best cash rewards credit cards.

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