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Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Strips

I’m assuming I can’t be the only parent out there who struggles to get their kid to eat dinner. I think it’s worse than trying to get her to sleep, and that’s saying something. Don’t get me wrong, she is sweet and loving and hilarious, but also extremely strong-willed and just a tad manipulative. She’ll bat her eyes at me, and sweetly ask if she can have a hot dog and quesadilla for dinner. EVERY. DAMN. NIGHT. So my trick? I make her absolute favorite meal, Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Strips, and pair it with a healthy veggie on the side. Because balance.

gluten-free dinner kid-friendly

The chicken strips have the perfect amount of crunch and taste amazing with my super fancy dipping sauce, ketchup. Plus, a happy kid who actually eats her dinner means an equally happy mom who doesn’t have to rip her hair out.

gluten-free dinner kid-friendly

Charlie actually called it “Snowflake Chicken” for the longest time, because that’s what she thought cornflakes were called. Adorable, right? I don’t even think she knows that I sneak in some more parent-approved ingredients like whole-grain mustard and Worcestershire sauce. We’re trying to warm her palate up to it, okay?

cornflake crusted chicken

It’s even a fun recipe to let the kiddos help out with! Personally, I like to sit back, relax, and let Charlie go at a zip-locked bag of cornflakes with either a plastic cup or a rolling pin. Often she chooses both, and we both feel better after she’s done. Don’t have a kid to help you out? You’ll probably find it pretty therapeutic yourself. Go ahead, whack that bag of cereal.

gluten-free dinner kid-friendly


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