KIDS the writing in bold is for you. GROWN-UPS the rest is for you.
Make a yummy marinade.
Peel the ginger and help them to finely grate
it and tip it into a bowl. Repeat with the garlic and
lime zest. Halve the lime and get your child to juice
it, then mix it in a bowl with the honey, soy, curry
powder and peanut butter. Get them to give it a
good mix, adding a small splash of water if it’s too
stiff, then help them spoon two-thirds of the mix
into a small pan. Set aside for Step 4.
Now for some chicken bashing!
Put the chicken in the sandwich bag, one
breast at a time, getting your child to flatten each
one with a rolling pin or a meat mallet – this isn’t
essential, but they like doing it.
Mix the chicken with the
marinade you made.
Cut the chicken into strips, tip it into the
remaining third of the peanut-butter mix,
then get your child to stir well. Cover with
cling film and chill until required. This can
be done up to 3 hrs ahead.
Cook your tasty sauce.
While the chicken is marinating, pour the
coconut milk into the pan and get your child to
stir together with the peanut butter mix. The
sauce needs to be heated gently and stirred –
suitable for confident seven- or eight-year olds,
under strict adult supervision.
'Sew' the chicken onto the skewers.
The chicken needs to be threaded into
‘S’ shapes onto the skewers. Get your child
to thread the skewers away from themselves,
being careful of the sharp points. Younger
ones might find this a little fiddly, so they
could just push on small chunks.
Paint the tray with oil and cook the chicken.
Heat the grill to high and get your child to
brush a baking tray with oil. They can then
line up the skewers on the tray. Grill the
skewers for about 10 mins, turning
occasionally, until lightly charred.
Make cucumber ribbons with a peeler.
Using a swivel-blade peeler, get your child
to peel the cucumber into a bowl, then carry
on peeling the cucumber flesh into ribbons
until they get to the seeds. Repeat with each
side of the cucumber.
Mix a dressing for the cucumber.
Get your child to mix the vinegar and sugar until
the sugar dissolves – explain what dissolves means.
Add the sweet chilli, if using, then pour over the
cucumber. Add coriander if your child likes it, or serve
on the side for the grown-ups. To serve, put the
skewers on a platter, the sauce and salad in bowls,
and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.