Yeah…so I had one of those nights where you look through the cupboards and the fridge, and nothing seems to go together. I found some frozen chicken breasts, some crusts of bread and some cheese, and not much else. FYI: If Child Protective Services calls, there were also plenty of fresh veggies in there.
Apparently, I also found a little inspiration in those cupboards, and I made something. I can’t say for sure how good it was, but I can say this. Three kids…all three…even the picky one…ate it all. And they didn’t complain. One even said, “Mmmm…can we have this every night?” Yeah, if that’s not a working-in-your-favour-testimony, I don’t know what is.
Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about. Also, I did find some strawberries at the last minute (or I have outstanding Photoshopping skills?).
It’s pretty much Chicken à la King, but there’s cheese in it. So I renamed it Chicken à la Kid, although it would also be a quite satisfactory Chicken à la Bachelor or Chicken à la College Student.
Ahem, so before I go saying too much…here’s how you make it.
To make 4 servings of Chicken à la Kid you’ll need:
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 1 tbsp of flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup of grated marble or cheddar cheese (depending on how classy you want to get)
- 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
- 4 pieces of toasted bread, buttered and cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup of frozen peas, thawed (I didn’t get to do this because Ruby doesn’t eat “green tings” but it would have been delicious)
- Cook your chicken breasts according to the box directions. If you’re using fresh, just cook them until their not pink in the middle…duh. Let it cool for a minute or two, then with your fingers or two forks, pull the meat apart until it’s in little bite sized pieces. Keep the biter (and the size of their mouth) in mind while doing so.
- In a small pot, melt your butter over medium-high heat.
- Add the flour and whisk it together, and cook it for about a minute.
- Slowly add your milk and KEEP WHISKING! You’ll find that it gets really thick right away, but just keep pouring and it will thin out. Next, you’ll think it’s two thin but it’s not!
- Bring the mixture to a light boil. KEEP WHISKING the whole time. It only takes a few minutes. Then while whisking, boil the sauce until it thickens enough to coat a spoon.
- Add your cheeses and whisk to melt.
- Whisk in your garlic powder.
- Add your chicken (and peas if you’re using them) to the sauce. Stir together and set aside to cool a little while you do your toast.
- Toast your bread, butter it, then cut it into cubes and put it on a plate.
- Pour the sauce over the toast. If you’re a grown up, then put some pepper on it for crap’s sake! And maybe some chopped green onion? If you’re giving it to a kid…leave it plain. Plain as plain can be.
Enjoy! This kid did.
And don’t worry. Despite the way it would appear, eating this delicious meal is not the explanation for the ‘TUDE on this kid’s face. It’s always there. If you feed Chicken à la Kid to your kids, their sweet demeanours should remain intact.
It should remain intact. Bwahahaha!