Is your child a picky eater? Why not entice him with a baked seasoned chicken. Not only is chicken a healthy meat that provides adults and children alike with much needed protein, but is also only of the easiest meats to dress up. This can be accomplished several different ways. You can select a tasty marinade for the chicken, or bread it to look like chicken fingers–a commonly requested food among toddlers and preschoolers.
Marinating the chicken for an hour aids the chicken in absorbing the flavor and becoming a bit more tender, which makes it easier for little mouths to chew. To marinate the chicken you must first combine the seasonings of your choice in a mixing bowl. Use simply seasonings, such as garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Children don’t like spicy seasoning or seasoning that is too strong in odor or flavor. Coat the boneless chicken breasts with oil one at a time, and then place them in the mixing bowl. Flip them over to coat the opposite side. Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and set it in the refrigerator.
Breaded Baked Chicken
Slice your chicken into 1-inch strips so that they resemble chicken fingers. Scramble three eggs in one bowl and pour 1 cup of bread crumbs in another. Coat each of the chicken strips in the egg mixture first, and then coat them with the bread crumbs. Set the strips down on a greased baking dish. Feel free to add your child’s favorite spices to the breadcrumbs. You can even mix in some Parmesan cheese.
Baking the Chicken
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. before baking. If you want to add vegetables to your baking pan, now is the time. Set the baking pan in the over without any plastic wrap and cook for 45 minutes. Make sure you check the chicken’s internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure that it is cooked all the way through. Poultry must have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. in order to be deemed safe to eat.
Instead of creating your own seasoned marinade mix, use a prepackaged seasoning mix. These are readily available at any grocery store. If you don’t have a dry mix, you can use a bottle of salad dressing.
Add a little shredded cheese to the top of the marinated chicken to entice the kids to eat it.
Substitute the breadcrumbs for crushed corn flakes. Another option is to crush fried onions and use them as the breading for your chicken fingers.
Serve the breaded chicken fingers with a side of honey, ketchup or barbecue sauce.