Most nights, I cook one of the easy one-pan meals in my Wellness Mama Cookbook (grab a copy here) because those are our family favorites and I know they are fast, easy, and delicious.
With over 200 recipes to choose from, we hardly ever get in the dinnertime rut of using the same meals over and over, and I’ve found that I’m experimenting less because we’ve locked in our favorites.
When the Kids Cook
Thanks to the Kids Cook Real Food course, my kids have become super helpful in the kitchen and are even interested in creating their own recipes. My older two kids created this recipe and perfected it by cooking it several times. They adjusted the ingredients each time until they got it just right. The result was this savory and sweet honey garlic chicken that uses budget-friendly chicken thighs.
It has a slightly crispy outer coating and a great balance of savory and sweet. I recommend serving it with a simple salad or steamed veggies on the side for a quick meal option!
What the Kids Love
They get to make this recipe entirely on their own and it is delicious! If your kids aren’t helping in the kitchen, I’d definitely encourage letting them help and even letting them cook on their own. They have such a feeling of pride from making a meal on their own, and cooking is a useful skill that will serve them throughout life.
In our house, even the little kids learn to safely use knives from a young age and are actually helpful (not just “helpful”) from about age 3.
My Favorite Part
I love the feeling of accomplishment the kids get from making a recipe all by themselves. As a bonus, I also get a night off from cooking once a week or so when they cook… no complaints here!
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
To make this recipe, we first coat the meat in a little cassava flour. This helps the sauce to thicken as it cooks. We put the chicken in a baking dish, whisk together the sauce ingredients, pour the sauce over the chicken, and let it cook for a while.
We uncover the baking dish for the final 20 minutes or so to baste the chicken and let the sauce caramelize a little.
A Note About Baking Dishes:
I used to always use a glass baking dish to cook the chicken, but I’ve recently come across some cookware that I absolutely love. It’s called Caraway. It’s ceramic coated and is oven safe. It browns meat beautifully without sticking. The smooth non-toxic finish is so wonderful that even omelets slide right out. And it comes in such pretty colors! I highly recommend it.
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees°F.
- Place the chicken in a bowl.
- Sprinkle the cassava flour over it to coat evenly.
- Shake off the excess flour and place in an 8x8 glass baking dish or other oven-proof pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut aminos, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the honey mixture evenly over the chicken.
- Cover lightly and bake for about 25 minutes.
- Remove the cover, spoon the sauce over the chicken, and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes.
Do your kids like to help in the kitchen? What do they like to make?