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!!

  • Posted by: lcast
  • April 28, 2014


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!
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:
MattieK 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.
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,

Here's a recipe that cooks on the stove,

Serve with rice or noodles.
ChefJune April 28, 2014
What about Chicken Cacciatore (hunter's style chicken)? And why no starch?
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