Lucy’s Honey-Mustard Chicken with Spring Greens
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 hr 15 mins
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 garlic cloves, crushed
zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 chicken thighs or breasts, skin on
300g smaller new potatoes, unpeeled
1 tbsp olive oil
300g spring greens
100g frozen peas
Veg Portions / Serving: 2
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard, garlic, and lemon zest and juice. Pour the marinade over the chicken thighs or breasts and season.
Put the chicken, skin-side up, on a large baking tray, then dot the new potatoes in between them. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 35 mins until the chicken skin caramelises and is charred in places. Add the spring greens between the potatoes.
After 35 minutes add the peas and return to the oven for 2-3 mins so that the peas are hot and covered in the mustardy sauce. Serve.
Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.
Kids in the kitchen
Get the kids to make the marinade and mix everything together. Let them lay out the ingredients on the tray before it goes in the oven and help them carefully add the spring greens and peas, being mindful of the hot roasting tray.
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
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The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.