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Healthy lunchbox recipe - Five Ingredient, Five Minute, Healthy Chicken Salad
Five Ingredient, Five Minute, Healthy Chicken Salad
This is a versatile and customisable salad that can be served with oatcakes on the side so kids can make their own mini crackers at lunchtime, in a pita pocket or as a sandwich. If you’re making it for more than three young children consider adding another piece of chicken or bulking it out with half of a diced cucumber, diced cherry tomatoes or any other vegetable you wish. This recipe is easy to double to serve the whole family or make in bulk for several days’ worth of lunches.
This is a great recipe for kids to make on their own or help you make, to gain some confidence in the kitchen. Allowing them to help whenever possible helps to encourage experimentation for new-foods-hesitant children as well by allowing them access to smells, sights and textures first access to taste without mealtime pressure.
1 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast or 2 cooked skinless, boneless chicken thighs
4-5 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt
1 red pepper, finely diced (this can be interchanged with 75g cooked green beans, grated carrot or finely chopped leafy greens)
Zest of ½ lemon plus juice (optional)
1 good pinch of sea salt
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Chop the chicken and veggies roughly the same size and add to a large bowl. Mix in yoghurt, lemon (if using) salt, olive oil and any other herbs, sauces or spices you like (garlic, thyme, basil or even a bit of barbecue sauce). Stir to combine, distribute as desired into lunchboxes and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
This keeps in a Tupperware in the fridge for up to 3 days.