Friday, February 24, 2012

Cooking with Kyle- Chicken Salad Surprise

I am so excited to share this post.   This is our first day posting  "Cooking with Kyle".  Recently Kyle has acquired at new nickname in our house.  He is taking a  health class  in school, and has turned into  the food police almost overnight.  I wrote about our grocery store adventure in  my shopping with the food police post  last week.   Since he wants everyone to eat healthier, I came up with the idea that he could share a healthy kid friendly recipe each week. Today we had a snow day, so he decided to make us lunch. This is his own recipe....   Chicken Salad Surprise.

The Ingredients

Chicken.. We used a can of 97% fat free Hormel chicken breast
Miracle Whip.. I did not have the lower fat version, and was not going out in the snow to get it
Green grapes
Minced onion... you might be able to use real onion, we did not have any on hand
Garlic Salt

For the sandwich bread, we used a Crusty French Baguette that was on sale this week for only .99.  I followed the directions and cooked it at 400 degrees for 20 mins.  It cooled, while he made the chicken salad.

He opened the can of chicken, and drained out the liquid.  He then placed the chicken in a mixing bowl.

He added 3 Tablespoons of Miracle Whip.  He did not measure it, just eyeballed it to make sure he had enough to cover the meat.

He than added a 1/2 teaspoon of minced onion, and a 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt, and mixed well.

He cut up about  10 grapes into small pieces. He felt the smaller the better, so picky eaters might not realize what they are eating.

I then shredded a little bit of carrot for him.  He added it to the chicken mixture, and mixed well again.

I offered to cut the bread for him, but he wanted to do it himself.  He was using a sharp knife, so I was a bit nervous, but he did a great job!

He cut the baguette into sandwich size pieces.  He then placed the "secret ingredient" on each roll. Shhh, don't tell, but it is a piece of spinach.  When the chicken salad is on roll, the spinach is completely hidden.

I helped him scoop out the rest of the chicken salad onto the rolls.

Doesn't it look good! We added the toothpicks only for picture purposes.

The sandwiches were served with a side salad made with all the veggies I bought on sale at the Meijer Dollar Sale.

This chicken salad was delicious! It had the right mixture of sweet and tangy. I knew that the spinach was in the sandwich, and I didn't even see it or taste it, so the surprise spinach idea  worked.   Kyle was  proud that he made something that tasted so good all by himself.    

He also had these words of wisdom, that he wanted me to share. "Busy moms can make chicken salad surprise quickly, and also get their children to eat some fruits and vegetables at the same time."

Because of the success of his first recipe, he is really looking forward to sharing another next week, on the next "Cooking with Kyle'. 


  1. What a great meal! I wish I had the patience to let my kids cook with me. It looks so fun when other people do it. For us, not so much. LOL

  2. Hello! I just joined your blog.
    Yummy! How nice you can pass your talent for cooking onto your son. That's sorta the aim of my blog, to show how to pass your creativity on to your loved ones. :)

  3. wow, it looks so good!

  4. What a great experience fr your son. His future roommates and wife will sure appreciate you teaching him a thing or two.

  5. Great post! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  6. The new chef of tomorrow. Good job and the sandwich/salad look wonderful. Keep it up andi

  7. Never even thought of cutting up the grapes smaller so my kids don't even know they are eating them! Great idea! Thanks for linking up to Fun Stuff Fridays!

  8. How great that Kyle wants to help make everyone healthier. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  9. great job!! a current and future chef!

  10. what a great idea to spotlight your child and his strengths. I have three special needs children - each of whom want their own blog. I actually just featured my daughter with Seph's Stromboli but hadn't considered making it a regular post - love the idea. Stopping in from TheStuffofSuccess. Enjoy your week. Athena

  11. I'm having fun with my boys in the kitchen too! so happy you've joined us at Kids in the Kitchen!

  12. Kyle, we love your recipes and welcome you to share them with us at Kids in the Kitchen every week. You inspire my boys! They love to cook too. Blessings to you and your family :) Carrie


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