Chicken

Chicken Saag

Chicken Saag

Serves: 3

Time: 50 minutes

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spice Measurer

If making Indian food at home worries you due to its complexity I would definitely go for this recipe. It is basically like making a spinach soup, but with chicken chunks thrown in and slightly more exotic spices than you might be used to. We happen to own all of the spices below since my husband went through an Indian cooking phase some years back (I know, I should use fresh spices, but I don’t). If you are missing any of the spices below, check out your local Indian grocery store. The spice prices there are dirt cheap and they have every Indian spice under the sun. Don’t pay Whole Foods prices just for convenience sake. I highly recommend naan to go with this and scoop up the spinachy goodness.

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Persian Chicken Meatballs

Persian Chicken Meatballs

Serves: 3

Time: 30 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spice Taster

We have a Lebanese restaurant in town that I really like, but haven’t been to in many years. The reasons are the usual suspects, hard to eat out with three kids and because the prices are just high to me. This dish for example is $15, which for a dish based on ground chicken (which is all of $4 a pound at farmer’s market prices) is just too steep to me. So, in my usual thrifty style, I perfected it at home. Now I don’t need to eat there (which is a pity because I’m still working on the loveliness that is their lentil soup) and can instead have this awesome dish in just a half hour.

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Kung Po

Kung Po Chicken

Serves: 2-3

Time: 20 mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Peanut Sprinklers

As I recently noted, we suffered the tragic loss of a Chinese restaurant recently. We are still searching for the replacement and so far have had no luck. There is a lot of truly terrible Chinese out there, but very little that is good, even less that is really good and doesn’t mind the noise and ravages of three small children in their restaurant. So as I valiantly continue the search I am going through my beloved Easy Chinese Recipes cookbook and adapting the heck out of her recipes. These recipes are actually easy and my children will even eat them. Time wise, because stir fry is so fast, they make a good substitute for actually picking up Chinese.

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Chicken Filo Squares

Chicken Filo Squares

Serves: 4-6

Time: 45mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Butter Brusher

As you might have noticed by all of the recipes these past few weeks floating around here that contain copious amounts of filo I’m on a Greek kick. I love Greek food because it fools me into thinking I’m eating healthy stuff at least some of the time. Of course if you read the amount of butter that goes into, say my baklava recipe, you’ll know that the jokes on me, but I still enjoy making Greek food.

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Bravo Style Creamy Arrabiata Sauce

Bravo Style Creamy Arrabiata Sauce

Serves: 4

Time: 25 mins

Freezes: No

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Taster

Bravo’s creamy Arrabiata style sauce, normally served with shrimp for them, but I’ve subbed chicken in my version because my kids like it so much. This recipe is a dead ringer for theirs. The amount of cream in it reminds me why I really shouldn’t eat out often. Still the taste is amazing and you do get to eat a lot of good for you spinach (which I believe the Bravo version does not have.) Mix up a light salad on the side and you have yourself a winning, kid friendly dinner.

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