It’s CACFP Week: Create the Nutritious and Delicious Meal, Creole Chicken

This week is Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week! You can learn more about CACFP here.

Keeping children healthy involves more than just nutritious meals and exercising. Involve your children in the kitchen, let them pick out the produce at the grocery store and actively play with them!

Meals like this Creole Chicken recipe from our spoonFULL kitchens are convenient and budget-friendly for busy families.

Creole Chicken

Serves 8


  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Canola oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Basil
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • ½ cup water (from simmered chicken)


  1. Simmer chicken breast in water until it is cooked through to an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Remove from heat and cool. Set aside. Save ½ cup of chicken water.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté onion and pepper in canola oil until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, black pepper, and salt. Sauté another minute.
  4. Add tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, and saved chicken water.
  5. Stir until blended well and cook on a low simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  6. While simmering sauce, chop cooked chicken into ½ inch or so cubes.
  7. Add chicken to sauce, cover and bring to a low simmer. Cook another 5-7 minutes.

This can be served on a bed of rice or the pasta of your choice!