Simple Chicken Dinner for Picky Eaters

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Just because you live with a picky eater doesn't mean that every meal has to be difficult. Learn about a simple chicken dinner for picky eaters with help from a practicing physician, speaker and lifestyle expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Theresa Ramsey for eHow.com here to share with you a simple chicken dinner for picky eaters. We all know that our children are very picky through all the different age groups and so most children like chicken fingers. Here's a healthy way to make chicken fingers without frying, without wheat and chemicals and canola oil and it's a very simple dish to make. You can make a lot and store it in the freezer and bake on demand. So here we go. The first thing that we want to do is to make the sauce that will hold the batter. What I like to use is a liquid called hemp milk instead of dairy to remove any inflammatory part of the meal. So a half a cup of hemp milk, pour it into a teaspoon of poultry seasoning. We pour that together and we blend it. I use the Magic Bullet for a lot of my mixing because it whips it up really nicely. So we just mix that up and that part's done. And now for the batter. What we do to make the batter which we're not going to fry, we're going to bake is we start with a cup of flakes. These are amaranth flakes. Many people will use cornflakes if you don't have access to amaranth. Again it's to remove any inflammatory nutrients that we can put into our body, they work just as well. So one cup of amaranth flakes. We add to that three tablespoons of dried garlic, three tablespoons of dried onion powder, one teaspoon of black pepper, one half to one teaspoon of red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you want it. Then we add a teaspoon of salt and when you use salt, please use a healthy salt not a table salt which is white and stripped and bleached. You want to use something like a sea salt or real salt, going to put that in and lastly our ginger, two teaspoons of ginger. So this is going to be a very flavorful crust. Now with your hands you just mix all of the nutrients together, blend all the flavors and now we have our batter. We're ready to mix our chicken so we have our batter and our liquid. So we have our raw chicken already cut up, just chicken breasts, they're skinless, boneless, cut into bite size pieces that children will like. I always use gloves when I'm working with raw chicken and we mix the chicken with the liquid first. So we want to coat it. So I'm going to put all this chicken into the bag, be like a shake and bake, homemade shake and bake, healthy shake and bake and once all the chicken is in the bag, we simply get rid of that dish and the contaminated gloves and all we do is whip our hemp milk a little bit more, pour it onto our chicken, getting it all coated and ready to grab hold of the batter, seal up our bag, all the chicken is getting soaked and now the simplest thing is we just pour it in, seal it and mix it all together, just back and forth. And you'll see they get coated really beautifully. you take this mixture and let it sit in your refrigerator for at least an hour or you could even let it sit out overnight if you want to make it for the next day. It's nice to prepare meals head of time and then as soon as it sits at least an hour you take your chicken, pour it onto a baking dish and bake it at 350 for 30 minutes. So this is the chicken we just put together and now we're ready to bake it. So spray your pan with olive oil, place the chicken pieces on and bake it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. You'll know they're done when they're crispy. The final chicken looks just like this, nice and crispy and inviting for children of all ages, a simple chicken dinner for picky eaters.

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