Look for Easy Recipes: Get your kids in the Kitchen!

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I need to have more of a cooking schedule for my kids, where they take turns making dinner for the family. Because how else will they learn?

My sisters and I made dinner a couple times a week growing up. My Mom would leave out hamburger, and then we’d come up with our own simple recipes (tacos, spaghetti, enchiladas, etc.)

Last week, one night, my son made dinner!

With this easy 3-ingredient recipe, I knew he couldn’t go wrong. And Kraft Foods made it even easier with a dressing made of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (with a hint of basil and Parmesan and much healthier for us!) Oh, and the new packaging design reduces plastic usage by 19% while the shape of the bottle makes it easier to handle and pour!

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Baked Italian Chicken
4 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Basil & Parmesan Vinaigrette)
Reduced calorie Ritz Cracker crumbs

Garrett put the chicken in a Ziploc bag.

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Added the whole container of vinaigrette and marinated for about an hour. (Or overnight – it will become richer in flavor!)

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Next he made his own cracker crumbs made with Ritz Crackers.

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(At this point he microwaved the chicken for 4 minutes.)

Rolled the marinated chicken in the crumbs.

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Added leftover marinade on top and covered the pan with foil.

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Baked at 350, covered, for 30 minutes.


(Option: If using a whole chicken you will need to bake the chicken for 1 hour.)

Thank you, Kraft Foods, for making it easier for me to get my kids in the kitchen cooking!

Do you have a regular schedule where your kids help out in the kitchen?

(Don’t forget the iFood Assistant to help you with over 7,000 QUICK meals, when you’re on the run! This Kraft dressing product sample was provided for free, courtesy of Kraft Foods. And I was not paid by Kraft Foods to write this post.)


  1. Send this to my daughter in University– cut back on the ingredents . Told her to throw in some cut up potato and carrot chunks to finish up the meal all in one pan. So easy and yummy –thanks for the idea

  2. Good Morning Sandy, what a easy and wonderful dish. Kudos to your son for a tasty meal. I, too think that children should help in the kitchen so they are familiar with things. Like you I was responsible for meals several days a week when I was growing up. So glad that my mom made me do this now.
    Have a blessed Monday.

  3. Wow…looks yummy. Your son can cook for me anytime:-) I have 2 daughters, 15 and 13, who cook more than I do and will love this recipe. I agree…all kids should learn to cook. I know my girls will be cooking for their friends at college…inviting them over for a pan of lasagne or something. And then they can come home for a visit and cook for me:-)

  4. Love the idea of having kids help out by making dinner. This recipe looks delicious and I will be giving it a whirl.
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  5. Thanks for the recipe. I have chicken in the fridge and need to make a quick run to the grocery store, so think I will try it. Jackie
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  6. Girlfriend…I need a schedule to just get myself in the kitchen!!!

    did you go to blissdom???

    sandy toe
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  7. WOW!
    I think I could even make that!
    And I don’t ever think I can make anything! :-)

    Thanks for sharing-

  8. It’s wonderful how you keep your kids involved in the kitchen! My Mom did the same & I can’t wait to share it with my kids. Something my Mom did (which I loved) is once a month each kid could plan an entire meal – anything we wanted – we had to make the lists, organize the time table, go shopping with Mom, pick ingredients, then make the meal! Great learning experiences & wonderful memories!
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  9. I’ve yet to set a schedule, but there are times here and there where I have them cook. My goal is to have them cook one meal a week. Now that our out of the country company has left we’ll get started on that next payday.

    I’ve used that dressing for pasta salad and another dish I made that was soo good.
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  10. I can’t wait for my kids to get a little bigger so they can help out too. The chicken sounds heavenly!
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  11. I just adore simple, quick meals like this. Dave and I just played tag team. I arrived home and he left to Texas this morning. I need to keep this weeks meals so simple. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  12. Love it! It pays off! My son is 23, has finished college, and is leaving with me while he finds a “real” job. He learned to cook a couple of his favorites while in college. He offered to cook “Mexican Chicken” this week for me. It’s totally cool when you see your kids be self sufficient and grown up.

  13. I LOVE this idea. And, I love the Kraft website…. great recipes that are too simple. Hope you are off to a great week!

  14. I think it’s absolutely fabulous that you’re teaching your kids to cook! I agree with you, if you don’t allow them the opportunity they won’t know how. Besides, you’re giving them life skills they can take with them when they leave home. I wasn’t allowed to use the oven, etc. but my parents allowed me to cook whatever I wanted in the microwave. So I made lots of strange combinations when I was a kid! Thankfully my skills improved as an adult. ;)

  15. I love Kraft foods, but I had not heard of the iFood Assistant–thanks for the tip! And thanks for the easy recipe. One of my sons loves to cook; the others are pretty clueless in the kitchen. I need some easy recipes to bring them into the loop. Even if they don’t become foodies, they need to be able to find their way around in the kitchen!

    Hope you had a wonderful time at BlissDom! It’s been fun to see your face in photos posted by several bloggers. :)
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  16. I do the exact same thing with Halibut (you could also use talapia) but I use ranch dressing, instead of olive oil dressing. It’s delicious!

  17. Great meeting you too at Blissdom! Love your site…sooo passionate about getting those kids in the kitchen! Teaching my sons to cook for their future families!

  18. wow, look at that, I’m already drooling, great color, looks delicious

  19. let’s hear it for the boy! his concoction looks masterfully done–i’m both impressed and ravenous. :)

  20. Lucky you! It’s great to learn to cook at home and to learn that cooking can be fun and easy as well as a necessity.

    This recipe looks really good, I’m not sure we can get this dressing here but I’ll give it a try with a similar type.
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  21. Thank you for this recipe. I have bookmarked it! YUM!
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  22. There are so many fun recipes that are easy enough for kids to do, and the great thing is the more they are doing, the more time parents have to do other important things. That looks like a great, and also delicious recipe, I will have to try that out with my kids! Thanks for sharing it. :)
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  23. It looks so simple but very delicious recipe! I have to try it for my kids and I’m sure they’ll love it! This is one of the simple dish for chicken meat. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  24. Oh yes, this thing looks like a nice dish and pretty pleasing to my eyes as well. The recipe seems pretty easy as well. My mouth is really wet at the moment. Obviously will going to taste it tonight. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Interested in all things food we have always at the start of each month gathered together 10 random cook books from about 60 of them sat down with a glass of wine and planned evening meals for the next month, this is a really good idea, it varies your diet, you get to try new things and you save money because you only buy what you need.

  26. This looks really tasty, i am always looking for alternative ways
    to cook chicken, will have to give this a go.

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