pan fried chicken and salad

Meals my kids love – Pan fried chicken and salad

pan fried chicken and salad

This is part of a series of posts I will be writing over this year about the absolute favourite meals my kids love. While the majority of the recipes I share here on the blog are very family friendly, these are the ones that I could cook every night of the week without complaint.

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They are also the meals which really don’t need a recipe they are so simple! However as I will be including them in the menu planner app, I will include the ingredients and method here on the blog too.

The great thing about this pan fried chicken dish is that I love making it too! It is quick and easy, perfect for summer nights when we come in from swimming or other extra curricular activities.

It also falls into the category of what I like to call self serve meals. These are always popular with the kids, the main reason being I think is because they have much more control of what and how much they eat.

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While I could easily plate up each child – serve them a plate with chicken and the veggie pieces I think they should eat, I don’t. I place in the middle of the table, plates of  meat and plates of salad.

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So there isn’t too much over reaching or over arguing about whose turn it is with the tongs, I set out two plates of meat and two plates of salad. One for each end of the table and this works really well for us.

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I will set some limitations though on what the kids serve up. For example one of the kids is a huge meat eater and so I remind the whole table, that they need to include some salad on their plate along with their meat!

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I find these meals tend to be more relaxed and we stay at the table longer together as the kids will continue to eat the remaining veggie sticks as we share news about our days.

So while this meal may not be fancy, it is a meal that the kids love and helps provides for a lovely dinner time together in the evening.


Pan fried chicken and salad
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Recipe type: Self serve
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 1 large red capsicum
  • ½ large cucumber
  • ½ head of lettuce
  • 1kg chicken breasts
  • Homemade garlic aoli
  1. Cut up vegetables and place even amounts on two serving plates.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally, then cut into smaller pieces for quicker cooking in the pan.
  3. Heat a pan on medium-high for a couple of minutes. I use a non stick pan, so don't use any oil to cook the chicken breasts. Add and heat some oil to the pan if you think they may stick in the cooking process.
  4. Place chicken breast pieces in the pan and cook on each side for 4 -5 minutes until each side is golden brown.
  5. Once cooked divide chicken into two and place on serving plates.
  6. Serve with the salad and some garlic aioli.
1kg of chicken breasts serves our family of seven with a few pieces left over for my lunch. If you have a smaller size family you may like to consider using less chicken.

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