chicken dish idea for teacher appreciation lunch

Hello. We are having a teacher appreciation lunch at my daughter's preschool. There's no theme -- you just sign up for entree, side or dessert. The sign-up sheet seems overloaded with salad dishes and grain-based sides. I was thinking of doing a strawberry cake and a chicken entree. Any ideas for the chicken dish (preferably a dish with no starch). Bonus for make-ahead dishes that can be easily heated up at the school. Thanks!!

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  • April 28, 2014
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ChefJune
ChefJune April 28, 2014

What about Chicken Cacciatore (hunter's style chicken)? And why no starch?

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HalfPint
HalfPint April 28, 2014

For Chinese-style chicken, I recommend Red-Cooked Chicken which can and should be made a day ahead. Here is a slow cooker recipe,
http://www.dadcooksdinner.com/2010/10/slow-cooker-chinese-red-cooked-chicken.html

Here's a recipe that cooks on the stove,
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chinese-red-cooked-chicken-thighs-10000000222460/

Serve with rice or noodles.

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AJerusalemArtichoke
AJerusalemArtichoke April 28, 2014

I love Smitten Kitchen's Dry-Rub Chicken. It's so delicious, not too difficult to make and feels really special. It also tastes just about as good cold as it does hot.

http://smittenkitchen.com...

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boulangere
boulangere April 28, 2014

These are as good at room temp as when hot, so bake them just before you leave, cover them securely, and off you go:
http://thesolitarycook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/weeknight-dinner-coconut-chix-stix/

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mainecook61
mainecook61 April 28, 2014

As a consumer of many an teacher appreciation lunch or breakfast, I can tell you that a dish will be appreciated most if it is 1) not heavy---afternoons can be long; 2) easy to eat (no drippy sauces); 3) quickly consumed--school lunch hours are not designed for fine dining. Any sort of room temperature finger food, like the dry-rub chicken mentioned above (which I haven't tried myself), is a plus. It's also a nice idea if leftovers can be offered for teachers to take home for dinner!

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