There are tons of ways for kids to help make our Chicken Enchiladas with Whole Wheat Tortillas. Rolling the enchiladas is especially fun! ♥️
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: TORTILLAS.
🍴 food groups1 🍴
- Fruits: none
- Veggies: onion, green chilis, cilantro, black olives, tomatoes2
- Grains: whole wheat tortillas
- Protein: chicken
- Dairy: cheese, sour cream
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
🍴 Tortillas 🍴
- Tortillas are thin (and usually round!) flatbreads made from wheat flour or corn.
- In Spanish, tortilla means “small cake.”
- Corn tortillas were originally made by the Aztecs and today are featured in many Mexican dishes.
- Tortillas made from corn flour or whole-wheat flour have more fiber than tortillas made from wheat flour.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Chicken Enchiladas with Whole Wheat Tortillas. Just hover over each image for details. And make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To help make the chicken filling, kids can:
Wear goggles to chop onions!*
Goggles will protect little eyes from tearing up.
(See kid knife suggestions below)
Make sure you have a long spoon/spatula for the kids to stir the mixture, so they don't burn their little arms.
Teach your child to use a can opener
This is a great task for dexterity and hand strength. Better for 5+ year olds.
Measure & add sauce to chicken mixture
Stir everything together in pan
For chopping, our fave kids knives right now are: Curious Chef Knife Set, Opinel Knife, & Made for Me Beginner’s Knife (pictured above). We also used this Pyrex Measuring Cup to measure out the enchilada sauce.
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To assemble and broil the enchiladas, kids may:
Set oven to broil
Coat baking dish with enchilada sauce
A basting brush is great for this task!
Scoop chicken mixture onto tortillas
Sprinkle olives & cheese atop enchilada filling
Kids love having the agency to do this step completely on their own!
Be sure to place rolled tortillas seam side down in casserole dish!
Measure and sprinkle cheese onto rolled enchiladas
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.