Monday, November 10, 2014

Easy chicken bolognese for toddler

Bolognese sauce, other than creamy mushroom sauce, is a staple recipe in my kitchen. I usually whip up bigger portion of it and serve it over a few days, or sometimes, I even freeze portions of it, and use them when I am out of food for the little fella. It's so versatile. It is perfect with pasta, also goes well with rice as pasta bake or just simply rice and sauce, I have also used them as the filling for sheperd's pie under mashed potato. This round, I served it with cous cous. This is also the first time the lil' fella is having cous cous as his main meal. 

To prepare the chicken bolognese sauce: 
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced 
  • 1/2 onion, finely minced 
  • 1/3 medium sized carrot, finely chopped 
  • 4 tomato, lightly scored at the bottom, and boiled in a pan of boiling water for 2min to remove the skin, then finely chopped
  • 1/4 chicken breast, minced and marinated with dash of orange juice, pinch of salt and liquid amino 
  • 1 cup of chicken stock, homemade 
  • Seasoning eg balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper etc (optional) 
  1. Heat up a pan with 1-2 tbsp of cooking oil, I use a choice of rice bran oil or grapeseed oil. 
  2. Stir in minced garlic and onion, fry till aromatic, about 1-2min. 
  3. Stir in minced chicken and chopped carrot. Stir fry for about 1-2min. 
  4. Stir in skinned and chopped tomato. 
  5. Pour in chicken stock. Gently simmer for about 15 to 20min for flavor to develop. 
  6. Season with choice of seasoning.  

To prepare the cous cous:

  • Place 1 cup of cous cous in a flat container. 
  • Pour in 1 cup of  hot boiling water or hot boiling stock into the container with cous cous in it. 
  • Cover with lid for 1-2min. Open up. Fluffy with fork. Ready to serve!  

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