Kids Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.
Yes, really, kids can make this! You see that picture above? My little 10-year-old Gabby made it. She prepped, cooked, plated and garnished. All I did was supervise, watch and guide. Gabby has developed a big interest in the kitchen and making yummy food. She took my recipe for my Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce and adapted it and added her own flair.
The thought of having my baby (yes, I see her as my baby still) handle sharp knives, my gas stove, boiling water and frying pans frightened me. I’m not going to lie. But, seeing the accomplishment in her eyes and sense of self-development and pride right before my eyes allowed me to feel more at ease and very proud.
Gabby loves my “Goodness Pasta”, that’s what she calls it. It’s a creamy, garlicky Alfredo sauce with pasta. Since she is a meatatarian, she wanted her protein!
Make It Fresh!
While Gabby is just a novice in the kitchen, she is getting better and better. She has a few signature recipes up her sleeve and she’s much more comfortable in the kitchen now. With everything, practice makes perfect and she’s on her way. Of course, we all know the saying that you need to dress for the job you want right?
Stylin’ In the Kitchen!
You will be surprised at what your kids can do if you let them spread their wings a little. With that said, I teach Gabby all I know in the kitchen and when you cook, you definitely need the right equipment.
That and a super ADORABLE and functional apron from Sugar Baby Aprons! Gabby and I had the chance to try these out in the kitchen (YES, we totally match) and let me tell you, the boost of confidence this super fabulous apron gives you is out-of-bounds! Cute, huh?
A super easy, kid-friendly recipe that is not only delicious, but easy for kids to make.
Pasta & Sauce:
- 1 Box of Fettuccine Pasta
- 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
- 1 Cube of Bouillon
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 3 TSP of Butter or Margarine
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Fresh Parsley
- Onion Powder, To Taste
- Salt and Pepper, To Taste
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 3 TBSP of Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup of Chicken Broth
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- 2 Frying Pans
- Large Knife
- Boil water, add salt and 1 TSP of Butter or Margarine.
- Chop parsley finely.
- Peel and chop garlic finely and into small pieces. As small as you can.
- Check your chicken breasts to see if they need to be trimmed of any fat, trim it, if needed you can use a mallet to even it out.
- Add 1 TBSP of olive oil, season the chicken with all of the spices and herbs. Let it sit and marinate.
- Add 2 TBSP of margarine (or butter) to frying pan on MEDIUM heat. Add fresh parsley, onion powder and fresh garlic and sautee.
- Add pasta to water.
- Once margarine is melted, add the heavy cream, add salt and pepper and bouillon cube. Stir frequently and fold from the outside rim in.
- Once the sauce begins to thicken, add 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese has fully melted, be sure to stir frequently so that it does not burn.
- Lower the heat to LOW.
- Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat.
- Strain your pasta.
- In a pot, add pasta and your prepared sauce. Mix well.
- Add 2 TBSP of olive oil to frying pan and use MEDIUM heat. Add chicken breasts to the oil and being to fry. Turn once on both sides.
- Add 1/4 of chicken broth and turn to LOW heat and cover for 10 mins. Check periodically, turn if necessary.
- Check your chicken to see if it is cooked thoroughly. Take off heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Plate your Fettuccine Alfredo.
- Cut your chicken into strips and top your pasta with the chicken.
- Top with garnish. (optional)
Get Cookin’ in The Kitchen!
And there you have it folks, a complete entrée cooked by my 10-year-old! Don’t be afraid to hop in the kitchen and guide your kids. Not only are you showing them how to eat real and wholesome food but, you are teaching them skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
Though Gabby is a beginner, she is fearless and willing to try and try again! She is excited to show you guys more of her recipes soon, so keep an eye on our YouTube! Plus, doesn’t she look FABULOUS in her Sugar Baby apron?
If you want to get one for you and your daughter, you can get the Mommy and Me Set for $80. They are so well-made, feminine, cute and fun. Not to mention, functional. We love ours! Follow @SugarBabyAprons on Twitter or like them on FB, here.
Do you and your kids cook in the kitchen?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.