Cooking with kids: Schwartz easy leftover chicken curry

Cooking a nutritious meal really doesn’t have to take a long time, nor does it need a huge long list of ingredients to create a tasty meal for all of the family to enjoy. 
Having two young children I used to find it was often tricky to find foods which we would all enjoy together as their tastes are blander than my own. I would generally have to make two portions of whatever food I was making – I’d make theirs first and put aside half of it, then add extra herbs, spices or seasoning to my own.
Thankfully now they are older, not only do they enjoy eating the same as me but they actually like to help cook it too, and of course I do find that by allowing them the independence to help make their own meals that they actually ate a lot more of it too – a win win in my eyes.

Today I have videoed Emmy helping to make dinner for us all, to show you just how easy it is and how much fun you can have while cooking.

Here we are making an easy chicken curry using left over chicken for last nights dinner, this is a recipe from the Schwartz website:


  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs Schwartz Mustard Seed
  • 3 tbs Schwartz Curry Powder Medium
  • 450 g (1 lb) cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 300 ml (1/2 pint) hot chicken stock
  • 300 ml (1/2 pint) creamed coconut
  • Schwartz Sea Salt and Black Pepper to season
  • Method:
    • Wash hands – always important and a very important lesson to teach children when cooking
    • Heat the oil in a large pan (we used a wok), add the chopped onion and mustard seeds.  Fry over a high heat for 2 minutes (adult supervision needed if cooking with children.
    • Reduce the heat, add the curry powder and cook for a minute
    • Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes
    • Stir in the stock and allow to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
    • Stir in the coconut cream and simmer for 10 minutes
    • serve with rice
    • Enjoy
    Of course the washing up is always left to me as the kids have gotten bored by now, but if you are lucky yours may actually do this for you too!

    Emmy had so much fun helping to make dinner and was adventurous enough to try it herself, she hasn’t tried curry before as she wasn’t keen on the smell and had already decided she wouldn’t like it – she was wrong and she ate the entire bowl full.  She was then beaming for the rest of the day when myself, her Daddy and Harry all loved it just as much as she did, she even got Grandad to try some which is amazing as he hates curry.

    She will be helping to make dinner more often now that’s for sure!

    “This post was written in collaboration with Schwartz”

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    13 thoughts on “Cooking with kids: Schwartz easy leftover chicken curry

    1. We're having chicken curry tonight but I'm having to start with fresh chicken as we don't have any leftovers! (And my kids never seem to do the washing up after helping out either….funny that!)

    2. Oh bless didn't she do really well. Both of my boys LOVE curry and we make it a lot. For kids that are not keen on the flavour coconut yogurt really helps make it milder

    3. I will certainly have to try this with my little girl. She's quite picky but loves strong flavours. The challenge is getting her to try things as often she likes them if we can just get over that first hurdle. I've definitely found that getting her involved in thecooking really helps and makes her want to try things.

    4. We love leftover chicken curry, it has to be the best way to use up leftovers! I love how Emmy has helped make it. Mine do love to help in the kitchen but my cooking ocd kicks in and I end up taking over. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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