Healthy Main Meals for Toddlers and Kids
A chicken casserole can be assembled quickly, popped into the oven,
then forgotten while you do something else. It is easily adapted for
- 4 chicken quarters or breasts
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3-4 turnips, cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) chunks
- 2 tablespoons small red lentils
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mixed herbs such as parsley, oregano
- 1 liter (1 3/4 pints) homemade chicken stock or water
- black pepper
- 75 ml (3 fl oz) single cream or creme fraiche (optional)
How to Prepare Chicken Casserole for Toddlers?
- Toss the chicken pieces in the flour to coat evenly, shaking off
- Heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole, add the leeks and
carrots, and cook gently for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally,
until softened. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add the chicken pieces and garlic to the casserole and cook for
8-10 minutes, turn the chicken occasionally to brown on all sides.
- Add the turnips, lentils, herbs and pepper, then return the
sauteed vegetables to the casserole. Pour in the chicken stock or
water and bring to the boil.
- Cover the casserole and cook in a preheated oven at 180°C
(350°F), Gas Mark 4 for 1 1/4 hours. Remove from the oven and stir in
the cream or creme fraiche, if using.
- Serve accompanied by boiled rice (preferably brown), or steamed
or baked sweet potatoes, and peas.
Tips for Making Healthy Main Meals:
- This dish freezes well, so you could make double and freeze half
for another occasion.
Recipe Adaptation for Babies Under-Ones
Remove any bones. If not using homemade stock, use salt-free
stock. Blend the vegetables and chicken.