So I’m at the store, doing my thing, right? I have a cart full of food and am just getting the last things for dinner – egg roll stuff. The egg roll wraps are right under the coleslaw bags at my Walmart, which makes it super easy. But today I look up and the first thing I see is not coleslaw, but broccoli slaw. And I. Love. Broccoli. I also love egg rolls. It only took me about half a second to realize I was on to something BRILLIANT. And if this is old news for you, then don’t laugh. I had no idea broccoli slaw was even a thing. So I’m just going to be super pumped about it for the next month is all. Then I’ll move on with my life. Spoiler Alert: It’s delicious.
Egg rolls also happen to be one of the easiest side dishes ever! Especially if your meal already has some chicken in it that you can pull from.
Cooking with Toddlers
My son is nearing 3 years old and LOVES to help in the kitchen! But frying food and toddlers are NOT a mix worth testing out. So once the hot oil comes out, he knows he has to go watch from a distance. Up until the frying part though, this is a great meal to let your kids help with!
I gave him a bowl with a little vegetable oil and marinade brush in it, the ingredients, and some different tongs for him to choose from. Voila! I can check off fine motor skills activities and science for the day with this meal!
His job was to take whichever set of tongs he wanted and get a pinch of the slaw in the wrap, and then the same with a pinch of chicken. We worked together to fold the wrap up, and then he could take the marinade brush and gently touch it to the wrap so that it didn’t come loose and unfold.
- 1/2 lb boneless/skinless chicken
- 1 bag of broccoli slaw (I found mine in the produce section at Walmart Supercenter)
- Egg Rolls
- Vegetable Oil
- Cook the chicken with salt and pepper to taste for about 4 minutes on each side and then shred or dice it. Or, if you have 15 minutes, throw it in the oven at 425 degrees for a hands-free option!
- Heat a Tbsp of vegetable oil in a small pan and cook the broccoli slaw until it is limp. This should take about five minutes.
- Mix the chicken and slaw together. Place a large spoonful of mixture into each eggroll wrapper. Fold the wrapper and rub a little water or oil on the last corner so it sticks closed.
- Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil again in your pan.
- Place 1 egg roll at a time in the oil. Let each cook for about 10 seconds on each side, turning them four times, or until the egg roll is crispy and golden brown.
- Set the finished egg rolls on a plate with paper towels.
- Serve hot! Enjoy!
Need More For Chinese New Year?
If you are ready to go all out now that you’ve gotten some good ol’ fried food in ya, and you need some more activities to do, then head over and check out some of my other posts about Chinese New Year!