We had an unexpected win this week with our picky eater! I let the weekly sales and my pantry plan dinner one evening, so our meal consisted of something I have named Italian Chicken (I totally made this up) and a tomato/cheese/avocado salad. Little Bit usually picks anything green out of her food, so I was shocked when she kept saying how much she loved the chicken. She ate about 5oz of chicken breast, which is a significant serving for a petite preschooler. However, Little Bit does enjoy spaghetti and lasagna, and since that was the main flavor of this dish, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Any parent of a picky eater knows how unpredictable a kid’s taste can be, but it is important to remember to keep introducing new foods. Keep having kids take at least once bite. Little Bit was hesitant to take a bite of the new dish, but as is our habit, she had to taste it. Much to her surprise she enjoyed it. So to all the other parents of picky eaters, take heart! Some new dishes are a hit on the first try!
- 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (spice blend)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
Place olive oil in a pan and heat gently over low heat.
Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. If you want to make more than a few chicken breasts, and these measurements don't work, just know that you are wanting to generously season each side of all breasts. Place in warm pan, without over-crowding the pan.
Continue to cook over medium-low heat, turning once, about 4 minutes per side. I covered the pan to avoid splatter, but it also allows you to cook the meat at lower temperature. This avoids burning the spices and/or the chicken.