“A firm family favourite, bashing the chicken before you coat it in flavoured crumbs makes it more tender, means it will cook quicker, and is fun for kids to do. Pair this classic with whatever sides you fancy – a simple chopped salad always goes down well. ”
- 150 g wholemeal bread
- ½ a clove of garlic
- 2 x 120 g free-range skinless chicken breasts
- olive oil
- 1 lemon
- ½ a bunch of fresh thyme (15g) , optional
- 2 teaspoons runny honey
- Tear the bread into a food processor. Peel and add the garlic, then blitz into fairly fine crumbs.
- Place the chicken breasts between 2 large sheets of greaseproof paper, then wash your hands.
- Whack the chicken breasts with a rolling pin or the base of a large non-stick frying pan to flatten them to about 1cm thick. That’s the fun bit!
- Now lift up the chicken, pour half the breadcrumbs onto the paper, put the chicken back and scatter the rest on top. Roughly pat them on, then re-cover with the paper and wash your hands.
- Whack the chicken again, to hammer the crumbs into it and help them stick.
- Put the pan you used to bash the chicken on a medium heat. Once hot, pour in 1 tablespoon of oil, then fry the crumbed chicken for 3 minutes on each side, or until crisp, golden and cooked through.
- Remove the cooked chicken to a board, and squeeze over a little lemon juice. Use the thyme as a brush to spread the honey evenly over the chicken (or drizzle over), then slice the chicken 1cm thick. I like to serve it with a colourful chopped salad.
— For extra flavour, you could add herbs, lemon zest, spices or grated cheese to your breadcrumbs, whatever you like!
Jamie wholeheartedly believes that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child. Getting kids excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run. When cooking with kids, use your common sense to determine what jobs they can help you with, depending on their age and skill level. It’s always good to start small, with jobs such as mixing and measuring, then progress to elements of a recipe, then go on to slightly trickier techniques over time. The more they cook, the better they’ll get. Make sure you supervise them when using heat or sharp utensils like knives and box graters, and teach them about the importance of washing their hands before they start, and after handling raw meat and fish, as well as other basic hygiene rules. Most of all, have fun with it, and encourage them to give things a go.
Source: Jamie Oliver