I’ve been making this meal for my girls since my oldest, Jessie, was about a year old. It’s incredibly easy to make and is good for getting little ones used to different textures.
When they’re very little, you’ll need to chop up the chicken and vegetables quite small, but as they get older you can leave the ingredients more chunky.
It’s a firm favourite with both my daughters and I often cook up a big pot and freeze portions for easy midweek meals. Jessie is now six and Mia is three and their eyes still light up when I tell them they’re having it for tea.
Feel free to play around with the vegetables you include. I often swap the courgette for peas or sweetcorn. I also used to use mushrooms until Jessie decided one day they were the devil’s food!
Tasty chicken rice
200g basmati rice
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 courgette, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 skinless chicken breast, chopped
100ml chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper
Cook the rice following the instructions on the packet.
Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the onion, pepper and courgette for about five minutes. Add the garlic and parsley, fry for another minute or so before adding the chicken.
Cook until the chicken turns white, then add the passata and stock. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Drain the rice and combine with the chicken sauce. Taste and add seasoning if needed.