Cooking with kids – Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce 12

One of the most monotonous and challenging parts of motherhood for me is feeding.  Not the feeding per say, but thinking about meals, shopping for them, preparing them and all the rigmarole that comes with being a parent.  It is the everyday NEED that can get me down, it is a thankless task, bit one that I take seriously as a Mum.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast

My boys at nine and ten have been helping me out in the kitchen since they were tiny and are not at the stage where they can nearly cook a meal on their own. So when Hello Fresh offered us a trial of their family box we had a chat as a family and decided that we would say yes and the boys and MadDad would take over cooking for that week.


The family box comes with everything you need for four family meals at £64, which makes it £4 per portion.  Everything is packaged in a solid cardboard box and the meat is in a separate insulated bag in the box.


What did the boys think of Hello Fresh?

Both of the boys did the majority of the cooking which some help from MadDad with chopping onions.   They both loved being in charge in the kitchen and found the recipe cards with step by step instructions and images easy to follow once they had read them through.  The meals took between 30 minutes and 45 minutes to get on the table from start to finish.

All of the meals were a big hit and are definitely aimed at the family audience.  The undercover chicken is going to become a family favorite and we have already made butterbean stew again!




What did I think of Hello Fresh?

Hello Fresh is a great idea if you have children that are adventurous and you are stuck in something of a food rut.  I am really lucky that both of the boys are great eaters and it was delightful to see them cooking and then enjoying the meals.  It widened our taste horizons and encouraged us to be a little more adventurous with our weekday meals.

Everything you need is in the delivery except for salt, pepper and oil, so we really just helped out when we were asked by the boys. The servings were generous and the four meals actually fed us for most of the week as we had the leftovers on other evenings and the meat was great quality.  In fact the boys commented we ate more meat that week than we would normally.  So at £64 per week i think it is great value.  No shopping, no menu planning and you get everything you need.


Would we use Hello Fresh again?

Hello Fresh would be great if I didn’t work at home and have the time to go shopping regularly.  I will use them again when we are stuck in a food rut or on our return from holidays.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

One of our favorite meals was the Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce.  We have already made this again on our own.  It was simple for the boys.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

And here you can see the boys in action and their version.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce boys

It was delicious and there was four empty plates.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce


  • Sweet Potato, chopped - 2
  • Broccoli, florets - 2
  • Chicken Breast - 4
  • Beef Stock Pot - 1
  • Crème Fraîche - 1 small pot
  • Black Peppercorns - 2 tsp


  1. Boil a large pot of water with ½ tsp of salt and pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into roughly 2cm cubes.
  3. Separate the broccoli florets from the stalk (you can also peel, chop and cook the stalk!).
  4. Boil the sweet potato for around 10-15 mins or until soft. Lift the potatoes from the water once done and keep the water for the broccoli.
  5. Meanwhile sandwich your chicken breasts between two sheets of clingfilm. Whack the breasts with a rolling pin or the base of a saucepan until they are just under 1cm thick.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a nonstick frying pan on medium-high heat. Season both sides of your chicken with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in batches of two in the pan for 7 mins on each side or until cooked through. Once cooked, keep these warm in the oven. Tip: Do not wash up your pan as we’ll use it to make your sauce tastier later.
  7. Once your potatoes are cooked and removed from the water, cook the broccoli in the same water (if you need to top it up a little bit that’s ok). Cook for a few mins and then remove from the water (but save some water for your sauce!). Mash the sweet potatoes with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir through a tsp of butter (if you have some) or a tbsp of crème fraîche.
  8. To make your sauce put your used pan back on medium-high heat. Once it gets hot add 300ml of the water from the broccoli and stir in the stock pot. Once the sauce reduces by half, take it from the heat and let it cool for 2 mins. Stir through your crème fraiche.
  9. Tip: If you want to spice up your sauce, crush 2 tsp of black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar you can put them in clingfilm and whack them with a pan. Add the crushed peppercorns to your sauce at the same time as the stock.
  10. Slice the chicken and serve everything straight away with your hot sauce. YUM!
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Disclosure: Thanks to Hello Fresh for the samples.

12 thoughts on “Cooking with kids – Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

  • Cass@frugalfamily

    I’m the opposite and love planning and preparing our meals despite my lack of skills 😉

    It’s my favourite time of day with the kids doing homework at the table while I cook tea x

  • Mums do travel

    This does sound like a great idea. Like you, I get very fed up with the endless round of planning, shopping and cooking involved in feeding the family. Do you know if this service has options for different dietary requirements, such as vegetarian and gluten-free?


    My friend used Hello Fresh after she’d had her second baby, for those difficult first few months when everything’s chaotic. She’d extremely health-conscious and wanted to make sure the family were eating well, but didn’t have the headspace (or time) to sort it out. They really helped her.

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  • Charly Dove

    Ooh that chicken looks delicious Jen and I love sweet potato mash and peppercorn sauce for that matter. Hello Fresh sounds like a great idea although I’m now back working at home again so can order in food. Hubs has just gone back to work in London so I’m doing all the food now – quite a challenge but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

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