Tuesday Night Supper

Tuesday Night Supper is was a regular feature at Sprouting Off. ?I’m working on Sprouting Off, really I am. ?The purpose of Tuesday Night Supper was to give dinner recipes that were easy to make and that used fresh in season vegetables. ?The reason that this particular post is showing up here and not there is because… well it doesn’t contain any vegetables.

I lent out my book The Gluten Free Gourmet and as soon as I did I wanted to start eating gluten free again. ?Oh well. ?One mom was telling me about a recipe for chicken tenders made with corn flakes. ?I’m pretty sure it was the preschool director, but I’m not 100% sure. ?Anyway, I decided to give them a try since it sounded good. ?Here’s what I did and it’s not gluten free because I was lazy. ?The boy also helped make dinner so commentary on small child with sensory issue commentary is included.

Cornflake Chicken

Disclaimer: we don’t eat large quantities of meat and the place we buy chicken breasts from happens to sell very large ones so a 1/2 breast feeds all 3 of us.

1 ?- 1/2 breast boneless skinless chicken cut into strips

2 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup flour

1/2 t. season salt

1/2 t. chicken bouillon

1/4 t. black pepper

2 eggs

cooking spray

Place the cornflakes in a zip top bag and give to a small child to obliterate into corn flake bits. ?While he is doing that cut the chicken and remind him every 2 minutes that he need to keep crushing the corn flakes and that he can help with something else in a minute. ?Pour crushed flake bits into a shallow dish (pie plate or soup plate works) and have child add flour, season salt, bouillon and pepper.

Have small child assist with the cracking of the eggs. ?Be sure to allow extra time for hand washing in between egg cracking should any egg residue happen to fall upon the child’s hands in the likely event that he crushes the egg against the countertop. ?Whisk eggs while child is washing his hands.

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray for good measure. ?Have child dip the chicken in the egg and then cornflake mixture and then place the coated chicken on the baking sheet. ?You may want to pour yourself a glass of wine prior to this especially if your child has sensory issues and insists on flicking the egg corn flake goo all over the kitchen walls. ?Repeat with all chicken strips.

Spray the tops of the chicken with a little cooking spray and place in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. ?In the meantime explain to the child that he is now finished in the kitchen and that he should vacate the space. ?Pour yourself another glass of wine because of the following whine-fest about not letting him help with anything.

When chicken is cooked praise child for a job well done and serve with other various dinner side dishes.

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