Kids Make Chicken Marsala

There are some unique tasks that make preparing the Chicken Marsala a huge hit with our little sous chefs. Did we mention this recipe involves pounding chicken with a meat mallet? Not surprisingly, this is a very popular step!

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: MUSHROOMS.

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    • Fruits: none
    • Veggies: shallot, garlic, mushrooms, peas, spinach
    • Grains: pasta
    • Protein: chicken
    • Dairy: milk

    1For information about food and health, go to



    • Mushrooms are actually fungi (and not plants) since they do not require sunlight to grow.
    • Some mushrooms are unsafe to eat, but edible mushrooms (i.e., the ones sold in grocery stores) contain important nutrients, like vitamin B and potassium.
    • China is the world’s largest producer of edible mushrooms.

Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Chicken Marsala. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting! 


To prepare the chicken, kids can:

SPREAD plastic wrap over chicken & POUND with a meat mallet*

It might be safer to do this on the floor.

PAINT the pan with cooking oil

A pastry or basting brush is fun to use.


Using tongs can be fun and supports the development of fine motor skills.


This is a good chance for kids to learn about cooking times.

We like to use this cool, reversible Meat Mallet and these heat resistant Tongs.

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To help prepare the marsala sauce, kids can:

CRUSH garlic with stone

Clean a rock that your kids find outside and crush covered garlic on durable surface (careful not to smash fingers!).*

Prepare butter*

Let kids measure and cut butter with a plastic knife or butter knife. This is a good opportunity to explain measurements.

MEASURE & POUR ingredients into saucepan

Kids like seeing how each ingredient changes the consistency of the sauce.

SCOOP & SPREAD spinach into pan

Kids tend to like crunching spinach in their hands!


To help prepare the pasta, kids can:


This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!


Let kids decide if noodles are done. Hungry toddlers love this job!

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.

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