For this quick toddler lunch, I make use of pre-cooked chicken. You can find canned chicken at most grocery stores, just watch the sodium content. You can also just throw a few chicken breasts or thighs in the crock pot overnight with some water and a bit of seasoning, and when you wake up, you have flavorful and shred-able chicken for the week. (Warning, the smell emanating throughout the house at night may cause strange dreams where you find yourself randomly and inexplicably eating chicken dishes.)
I like to serve this with grapes - sort of a deconstructed chicken salad. You can also spiff up the chicken by dressing it with a bit of mayo, sour cream, or even plain Greek yogurt (which works with my kiddos).
Chicken Muffin Melts
1 Whole Wheat English Muffin
1/2 c Shredded and Fully Cooked Chicken
2 slices Cheddar (or your favorite) Cheese
1 TBS Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt (Optional)
Toast English Muffin using toaster oven. In a small dish, coat chicken in dressing if desired. Add to open-faced muffins and top each with a slice of cheese. Warm in oven or microwave until cheese is melted. Let cool and cut into slices or squares, or whatever shape your toddler prefers that day. :) Makes two melts.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Toddler Rating: Two 1/2 Empty Plates*
Mess Factor: Low
Serving Suggestion: Serve with sliced grapes, apples, dried cranberries, or any other fruit that would be yummy in chicken salad.
*I have found that my boys will sometimes eat a given meal only after the second, third, or tenth offering. The first time I tried this, it was only a luke-warm reception. However, the second time, Little Brother ate it right up, and I'm determined that Big Brother will eventually follow suit. I try not to force any meals, but I think they need a few (or so) exposures before they truly decide if they like something.
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