Chicken Picadillo

Turn lunch time into a flavour fiesta with our easy and wholesome chicken picadillo recipe – perfect for introducing little ones to new and exciting tastes!
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SF Soy free NF Nut free LF Lactose free GF Gluten free FS Fish and shellfish free EF Egg free DF Dairy free Main meal
  1. Cook rice according to packet instructions.
  2. In a large, deep non-stick frying pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and capsicum and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add mince, oregano, cumin and cinnamon and cook, stirring to break up lumps, for 5 minutes or until mince is cooked. Stir through tomatoes, beans, stock and water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until tomatoes have started to break down. Add peas and raisins and simmer for a further 3 minutes or until the peas are cooked and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Top picadillo with olives and serve with rice.

Allergy, intolerance, and dietary preference modifications

  • To make vegetarian/vegan – swap chicken for tofu (if no soy allergy) and swap salt-reduced chicken stock to salt-reduced vegetable stock.

This recipe does not account for potential contamination that may occur through manufacturing and processing. Ingredients in this recipe may still have precautionary allergen food labelling (e.g. “may contain traces of”).

When preparing this recipe, it is important to:

  • double-check the label of ingredients every time you make it
  • prevent any contamination during preparation, cooking and serving.

Recipe tips

  • The easiest way to cook rice is in the rice cooker or pressure cooker. For the pressure cooker method, add a ratio of 1:1 rice to water to the pressure cooker. Seal pressure cooker and cook for 3 minutes, then slowly release the pressure.
  • If you have fresh coriander in your long day care’s garden, finely chop some and stir through at the end.
  • For variety, lean beef or lamb mince would also work well in this recipe instead of chicken.
  • For larger serves, you will need to cook the ingredients in batches or across 2-4 large, deep frying pans or woks.

Each serve provides

Food group Children’s serves
Fruit 0.1 children's serve
Vegetables 1 children’s serve
Meat/ alternatives 1 children’s serve
Grains 1 children's serve
The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

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