Lime Grilled Chicken Breast

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I'm always on the lookout for quick dinner recipes. Chicken recipes are even better! This grilled chicken breast recipe marinates while the grill is heating up. Add some avocado butter at the end or use it in fajitas!

I'm always on the lookout for quick dinner recipes. Chicken recipes are even better! Sometimes I need a last minute chicken recipe because it was a busy day and I didn't plan dinner. I love lime and pretty much anything. This recipe is great because I have everything on hand. I open my pantry and measure out the few ingredients and dinner is halfway done! This grilled chicken breast recipe marinates while the grill is heating up. Little Chef A has been helping out a lot with the cooking lately because of our crazy schedule. Over the phone we discuss what needs to be done. She will complete that task and then call me for the next. She has been assisting for a long time so I trust her and … [Read more...]

Tortilla Soup

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Martha Stewart Cooking School's Tortilla Soup from fivelittlechefs.com #cookingschool #kidscooking #soup

The next soup in the Martha Stewart's Cooking School Cookbook is Tortilla Soup. We were super excited after reading the recipe because our stock was already made and frozen. We had extra chicken from our chicken soup so making the tortilla soup was going to be super easy! We had a little shopping to do to pick up a few extra ingredients.  The chili puree took the longest time but it was easy. This was Little Chef D's assignment. She found it VERY interesting that both chili's began as flat and dry. After dry roasting for a couple minutes one had puffed up while the other was still flat. After some investigating she realized it was because one chili had a hole in it while the other did … [Read more...]

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Chicken Soup

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Following the Martha Stewart Cookbook here is the Chicken Soup Recipe from fivelittlechefs.com #chickensoup #kidscooking #cookingschool

We initially thought making Chicken Soup would be easy now that we have the stock. Well...perhaps it would be, but in following the directions in the Martha Stewart's Cooking School Cookbook it wasn't that easy. We made stock again, but this time we cooked the meat in the stock. So, we did two things at once. Maybe that made it a little better? Once the chicken was cooked, shredded and the stock was strained as explained in the cookbook we refrigerated it all and went off for a few hours. When we came back we reheated the stock, added in the cut vegetables (another great opportunity to practice chopping skills). This was the easy part of the cooking. 20 minutes later we were at the … [Read more...]

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How We Cut Up A Chicken

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Our first attempt at cutting up a chicken by following Martha Stewart's instructions for #cookingschool. #kidscooking #chicken

In order to make Chicken Soup (come back on Friday) we needed to learn how to cut up a chicken. We went to the grocery store and bought a whole chicken. I told my Little Chefs what we were about to do and amazingly they did not have a problem with it, in fact they were excited. They are really enjoying all the new bits of information we are learning. They each took a turn cutting off one part of the chicken as we read the instructions in the Martha Stewart's Cooking School Cookbook.  The directions were clear but it was still difficult to interpret because this was our first experience. I talked them through the anatomy of the bird. The thigh is like your leg and to cut it off we need to … [Read more...]

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How To Make White a.k.a. Chicken Stock

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Following the Martha Stewart Cooking School Cookbook we learned to make chicken stock. #chickenstock #cookingschool #kidscooking

White (chicken) stock is the most versatile of all stocks. The process of making a stock is to put a mirepoix into a pot, cover with water and simmer for a given time. A mirpoix is a combination of vegetables that are used to give flavor to the water which transforms into a stock. Do you remember we gave a couple tips about the mirepoix when we talked about 9 Tips For Flavorful Stocks. We wanted the experience of making chicken stock. We followed the directions in the Martha Stewart's Cooking School Cookbook.  We added the chicken parts, mirepoix, herbs and finally the water to the stock pot. As soon as it came to a boil we reduced the heat to a simmer. We were surprised at the amount of … [Read more...]

Tangy Spinach Chicken Salad

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Tangy Spinach Chicken Salad from fivelittlechefs.com #salad #recipe

Do you ever have a night where you want something light and easy? Salads seem to fit that description in our house. We love this Tangy Spinach Chicken Salad because it seems to have little prep work. But then when I think about it the only reason it has little prep work is because we have done the cooking earlier in the day, or the day before. We always have frozen chicken. Once thing I have learned is to defrost the chicken most of the way in the microwave. When it is still slightly firm slice or dice the chicken depending on your recipe. This way the chicken isn't wiggly and sliding all over while we cut. Being just slightly frozen makes the cutting so much easier...and safer for the … [Read more...]

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Fast & Fantastic Chicken Salad

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Fast and Fantastic Chicken Salad from fivelittlechefs.com #kidscooking

This is a family recipe that's great to use up your left over chicken. We will purposely cook a couple extra pieces of chicken for a dinner earlier in the week so we will already have my chicken ready to make this Fast & Fantastic Chicken Salad! Or some days, if you are like us - it is 4pm and we are at the store wondering what to make for dinner, we will just pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken - it also makes a delicious chicken salad.  For this recipe, we had a couple extra leftover chicken breasts from a dinner the night before.  To reheat the leftover chicken, so it is not dry and rubbery, we just cover it in tinfoil, add a few tablespoons of chicken broth, and stick it in the oven … [Read more...]

Quick Chicken Divan

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Quick Chicken Divan

Quick Chicken Divan is a great recipe for leftover chicken or turkey. It started out as a fairly easy recipe that my Little Chefs would easily eat. Once they started helping me out in the kitchen I realized we need to simplify some of the steps to make it even easier for them to succeed. We changed it from a layered casserole which never stayed layered. Before serving we would stir it all up anyway to make sure all the "good stuff" was spread evenly around and shared by all. To simplify it we got rid of the layers and mixed it together from the beginning. We love that it uses cooked chicken breast. If you are planning your meals ahead (which we don't always do!) and cook two extra pieces … [Read more...]

Grilling on the BBQ in the Winter…..Sure Why Not!

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We thought we would mix things up a bit and make a dish that is usually prepared for summer barbeques in the WINTER! And yes, we broke out the BBQ Grill in the winter, with snow on the ground! My Little Chefs thought it was so much fun. We came across this delicious Chicken recipe when a good neighbor of mine brought us dinner one night. Our Chef Dad was out-of-town for work, and she knew that when he is out-of-town, us Chefs take a break from the kitchen and pretty much eat cereal for dinner.  She was thoughtful and assumed we would enjoy a home cooked meal, rather than cereal....and she assumed right!!! It was amazing, and my Little Chefs loved it. So, it became a favorite recipe of … [Read more...]