Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Little Ranch Chicken Dippers with Roasted New Potato "Fries" and Broccoli

This dinner is a big hit with my kids, and I enjoy eating it as well! Feeding this to my kids makes me happy because it is very healthy. This meal is packed with B vitamins, protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and even Potassium! BUT-your kids will think they are eating really delicious chicken nuggets and french fries! Why feed them frozen nuggets and fries when you can whip up this delicious, healthy, kid-friendly meal in half an hour?

Little Ranch Chicken Dippers:
1 lb. chicken breasts (approx. 3)
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Chop chicken into nugget-sized chunks. Place ranch dressing in one bowl and bread crumbs in another. Coat chicken with ranch and then with breadcrumbs. Place coated chicken on a baking sheet.

Roasted New Potato "Fries":

8-12 red new potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and freshly grated black pepper

Clean/rinse potatoes (keep the skins on!). Slice potatoes into sticks-or just quarter them. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toss to coat with olive oil. Season with sea salt and freshly grated black pepper. These are amazing with rosemary sprinkled on top as well!

Pop the potatoes and the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes.

1 head fresh broccoli
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloved garlic, chopped
sea salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste
A squeeze of lemon juice

For the broccoli, cut a fresh head of broccoli into florets. Boil for 3 minutes until just fork tender. Drain. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a saucepan. Add 2 cloved roughly chopped garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Saute for approximately 2 minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly grated black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Clean plate, messy hands!

Dress it up-For a grown-up version of the the little ranch chicken dippers you can prepare an entire breast this way, slice it up and lay it on top of a salad or wrap it up in a tortilla with lettuce, shredded cheddar, and a dolop of ranch dressing. A quick and simple lunch!

Baby Tip!-If you have a little one who is eating pureed foods you can bake a couple chunks of chicken plain and puree them in a food processor with a few broccoli florets, a couple potatoes, and a little chicken stock.

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