By Kate Schlag
Chicken is a household staple: in 1994, it surpassed pork and beef consumption to become the most popular choice for meat. And for good reason, too: it’s quick and easy to cook, is a great source of lean protein, and contains considerably lower levels of fat and cholesterol than beef or pork. But with little inspiration, chicken can quickly become a bland, boring meal. Not so with these fun dipping sauces: each one is packed with flavor and nutrition, and your children will enjoy the hands-on dining. Try these recipes with Just BARE Chicken, which uses cage-free, hormone- and antibiotic-free, and vegetable- and grain-fed chickens — so you can feel good about feeding it to your children.
- Basil Pesto: Basil pesto works well with Mediterranean flavors; try serving this with a tomato and mozzarella salad.
- Marinara Sauce: If you have a pasta-lover on your hands, this sauce will recreate those same Italian flavors with chicken. Pick deep red tomatoes, which have more disease-fighting lycopene.
- Agave BBQ Sauce: This homemade barbecue sauce has less sugar than store-bought versions.
- Chinese BBQ Vinaigrette: Make a complete Chinese-themed dinner with brown rice and baby bok choy.
- Healthy Cucumber Dipping Sauce: Serve with sliced vegetables and whole wheat pita bread to round out this meal.
- Ranch Dip: Picky kids will love this healthier homemade version of the ever-popular Ranch dip.
- Fresh Salsa: Serve the chicken with corn tortillas, lettuce, beans, and this fresh salsa and let your child build his own tacos.
- Roasted Cauliflower Spread with Cumin: Pureed cauliflower gives a creamy texture, while cumin adds a bright peppery flavor for a Middle Eastern-inspired meal.
- Peanut Dipping Sauce: This Thai-inspired sauce is a great pick for the adventurous eater.
- Bean Dip: Beans add a healthy dose of fiber and protein to any meal. If your child likes spicy food, add chopped jalapeños.