Howdy! It’s Toria and I love to share easy & fun recipes that your kids can cook own their own. My 8 year-old son and I are co-founders of The Step Stool Chef and we are building a community where the kids are the chefs and the parents are the assistants.
This recipe for Southwest Chicken is super delicious and super easy for kids to make. Plus, it includes some fresh herbs and vegetables that your kids will love.
For this recipe, you will need 3 chicken breasts, fresh cilantro, green onions, corn, black beans and diced tomatoes. Along with chicken broth and cumin, this dish has an amazing Southwest flavor and aroma.
The first step is to cut your green onions and cilantro into small pieces. Using kitchen shears are a great way for kids to cut small, soft vegetables and herbs. You can also dice tomatoes in a food chopper to make it easier for kids.
Next, add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to both sides of the chicken breast. My little chef likes to sprinkle seasonings with his hands as it gives him better control and coverage. Don’t forget to remind your little chefs to wash their hands before and after handling raw chicken.
Finally, add the seasoned chicken, chopped herbs & veggies along with the other ingredients to a slow cooker. Set the slow cooker for 6 hours and let your little chef enjoy the rest of the day.
Once the slow cooker is done, the chicken should be tender enough to gently shred the chicken with fork. Make sure you encourage your little chef to taste their creation to make sure they are excited about the flavor. Feel free to add more salt & pepper to make sure it tastes just right. Serve over whole grain brown rice and enjoy!
This Southwest Chicken recipe is a perfect weekend activity for your little chefs that will allow them to prepare dinner for the whole family. Just have them prep in the morning then everyone can enjoy for dinner later that evening. Giving your kids an opportunity to contribute to the whole family is a great way to build their confidence and self-esteem.
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 3 stalk green onion
- 2 medium tomato, red
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 2/3 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
- 1 cup corn, frozen
- 15 ounce black beans, canned
- 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice, raw
- Chop & dice fresh cilantro, green onions and tomatoes.
- Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder on both sides.
- Add chicken broth, corn, black beans, cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, cumin and seasoned chicken to a slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 6 hours.
- Shred the chicken with a fork and serve over cooked brown rice.
- Feel free to add favorite toppings including more fresh cilantro or green onions.
While the focus is on cooking, the true goal is to inspire and empower kids to have a safe spacewhere they can build leadership skills that will last a lifetime. They recently launched The Step Stool Chef Academy, an online cooking school for kids that provide an entire curriculum dedicated to teaching basic techniques, tips and tools that makes cooking empowering for kids and easier for parents.
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie