Your kids will love crushing cheese crackers into tiny pieces as a fun way to bread chicken before it’s baked. Green beans and carrots are steamed and tossed with cranberries and roasted garlic for a deliciously sweet and savory side dish.

Ingredients:

For the roasted garlic:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a drizzle olive oil

For the Cheese-It Chicken:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cheese crackers, crushed
  • salt and pepper

For the Cranberry Green Beans:

  • 2 cups green beans and wax beans
  • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • or
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

To roast the garlic:

Adult: Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Place the unpeeled garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant. Set aside to cool until you make the Cranberry Green Beans.

To make the Cheese-It Chicken:

Adult: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Kid: Place the cheese crackers in a zip log bag and shut securely. Crush with your fists or a kitchen mallet until the crackers are the size of breadcrumbs.

Together: Dip the seasoned chicken breasts into the beaten egg mixture. Then press the chicken into the cracker crumbs until thoroughly coated. Place the coated chicken into a baking dish.

Reminder: All cooks should take care to avoid touching surfaces and their mouths when handling raw meat and eggs. Everyone should wash their hands with soap and warm water afterward the chicken is in the oven.

Adult: Place the baking dish into the oven. Cook for about 35 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken.

To make the Cranberry Green Beans:

Adult: Steam the beans and carrots for about 5-8 minutes, or until they’re cooked to desired tenderness.

Kid: Squeeze the cooled roasted garlic out of its skin. Chop the ends off of the steamed beans and carrots. The steamed vegetables will be soft enough so that a kid-friendly plastic knife can be used if necessary.

Adult: Melt the butter or warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the roasted garlic and stir until well combined.

Together: Add the beans, carrots, dried cranberries and chives to the pan. Toss to coat with the roasted garlic butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To complete the dish:

Together: Serve 1 chicken breast with ¼ of the cranberry green beans and carrots per plate and enjoy!

This recipe comes to us from Amy, The Gourmand Mom.

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