Chicken + Cheese Mini Skewers (CFC Cold Lunchbox Series)
A big request this back-to-school (back to the office) season is cold lunchbox ideas to tuck into backpacks or purses that’ll stay good for a few hours until lunchtime and do not require heating.
We’re spending the month sharing lots and lots of different lunchboxes/snack boxes to help give you some fun ideas and inspiration to pack great lunches for yourself and your kids.
So stay tuned because we have loads of different variations to share with you.
You can always double up the recipes for bigger appetites or use our lunch box ideas as snacks or post-workout meals.
💡Have fun with these and make them your own depending on what’s in season and what you have on hand.
➡️ What’s My Take on Processed Deli Meats?
The studies are clear:
We should limit our consumption of deli meats due to many possible and/or proven health risks.
At my house, we consume deli meats about once a week or sometimes just several times per month.
They are part of our life because preparing EVERYTHING from scratch is simply not going to happen for this momma, also: we do enjoy deli meat!
For the average BUSY family that requires quick staples such as deli meats to get them through the week without grabbing fast food, what do WE look for?! Here’s my helpful list (and YES, it’s really hard to believe this much crap can be hidden and added into cold cuts!)
If possible choose deli meats containing:
- No antibiotics
- No nitrates: Sodium nitrate/sodium nitrite
- No BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
- No BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- No Smoked/naturally smoked/smoke flavor: could contain unlisted toxic chemicals
- No Corn syrup
- No Aspartame
➡️ Look for humanely raised, pasture-raised meats if possible.
➡️ Look for lower sodium.
Good luck shopping! And just so you know, I personally believe that we don’t need to obsess or be ULTRA rigid with our healthy lifestyle…I believe that it’s great to be educated, but even better not to stress over every little thing!
For 1 lunch box you’ll need:
- 3 ozs poached chicken breast cubes
- 1 oz chicken, turkey, or ham thin-sliced deli meat
- 1 oz cheddar, cubed
- a good handful of cherry tomatoes
- a small handful of pitted olives
- small bamboo skewers or large cocktail wooden toothpicks
Poach your chicken according to our recipe above, then allow it to cool completely.
Chop your cooled chicken and your cheese into equal size cubes. Mine are just under 1- inch in diameter. Depending on who you’re making the lunchbox for, you may want smaller cubes for young children or slightly larger for older children and adults. Have some fun with this part.
Carefully thread 1 chicken cube onto each skewer, followed by a piece of folded thin-sliced deli meat, then your cheese cube.
Add skewers to your lunchbox along with your tomatoes and olives (or any sides of your choice).
These stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days.
It’s recommended to place your lunchbox on an ice pack when heading out for the day.