One of the most educational activities you can do with your child is cooking, but so often that seems to mean baking biscuits or cookies and cake. That’s fine every now and then, but doesn’t teach them about how to eat a balanced diet. After my last post about baking with a pre-verbal child I had been wanting to try cooking some more savoury food with my daughter and these chicken kebabs are ideal.
- Try to sit opposite your child at a low table, rather than cooking at the kitchen counter. This will increase the amount of engagement you get and make communication easier, since the child will be more able to see you.
- This recipe involves raw chicken so make sure you all wash your hands very thoroughly afterwards.
- Use common sense with the skewers. They are still sharp, whether you use metal or wooden ones. Be cautious about letting your child thread things onto them, as they could easily stab themselves quite painfully if their hand were to slip.
- If threading things onto the skewers is too difficult for your child they can still help by pointing to which piece to put on the skewer next, or by handing you the next skewer.
Watching me threading the pieces of chicken and vegetables onto the skewers fascinated Wee Girl, and she got stuck in, responding by pointing to bits of onion and trying to do it herself.
She is and remains a fussy eater, refusing to eat vegetables at all, however recently she has started showing more interest in them, serving herself salad for example and investigating pieces of beetroot on her plate. I have hopes that this is the first step towards actually trying them. I can’t force her to eat her veg, but I believe that if I continue to offer them and she sees us eating them at the table that her eating habits will gradually improve. I also hope that getting her more involved in the cooking process will help with this.
We used this recipe from allrecipes, which is delicious, great for fussy eaters and uses ingredients which you should always have in your storecupboard. However it does contain honey so is not suitable for children under one year old.
Honey and Soy Chicken Kebabs
Ingredients (for 2 adults, 2 children)
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 1/2 tbsp honey
– 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
– 2 chicken breast or 3 chicken thigh fillets, cut into bitesize chunks
– 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
– 1 onion, cut into bitesize chunks
– 1 pepper, cut into bitesize chunks
– 6-8 skewers (soaked in water for an hour if wooden)
1.) Put the oil, honey and soy sauce into a bowl and season with pepper. Mix well and reserve some to baste the kebabs later. Making the marinade is something you can get your child involved in.
2.) Add the chicken, garlic, onion and pepper and leave to marinate for at least a couple of hours, and ideally much longer.
3.) Set up your table, and with your child carefully thread pieces of meat and vegetables onto the skewer.
3.) Preheat the grill or grill pan. Cook the kebabs for 12 to 15 minutes, brushing occasionally with the reserved marinade, until the chicken is cooked through.