Les Petits Chefs and the Ultimate Tomato Cookoff with Hunt’s

sweet chili chicken recipeI’m excited to present this Petits Chefs post on behalf of Hunt’s Tomatoes and UrbanMoms.ca.  When they approached me to see if I would like to be involved in this campaign, my initial response was “I don’t have children” but then I thought, what better way to prove that dinner doesn’t have to be stressful and that a healthy, from-scratch meal can be made in 20 minutes or under than with my Petits Chefs?  After all, we’re the masters of the kitchen science lab and produce amazing things in under an hour!

Hunt’s and UrbanMoms have teamed together to create 20-minute meals to help ease the burden of meal preparation and are hosting The Hunt’s Tomato Cookoff.  Visit UrbanMoms to check out the recipes and to enter the contest to win a Slow Cooker and range of Hunt’s products.

For this 20 minute meal, I recreated something that I used to make on a regular basis when I was at university and just starting to learn to cook for myself.  The recipe is actually adapted from – of all things – a diced tomato can label.  I’ve changed it up a little to make it quicker (and, I think, tastier) and the word on the street is that the boys (and their parents) loved this dish. A few said it could have been spicier – I agree and I am sure that Mr Neil, who had this for lunch last week, would agree – but better to err on the side of caution when it comes to spice!

It is such an easy recipe and very versatile – as well as tomatoes and peppers, you could add any other vegetable you like (in my notes on the 20 year old label, it says “leeks and mushrooms” so clearly I was adding other stuff too).  Up to you how many veggies you want and how spicy but the point is that if 11 little boys can make this in about 30 minutes on hot plates only, you can make this for dinner.

We practised our knife skills…

And some of us worked with raw chicken (thighs, not neat clean breast meat) for the first time:

We learned how to dredge chicken to create a crispy coating:

Drained some tomatoes…

And swooned at the smell as the chicken cooked away…

Finally adding it to the mix of peppers and tomatoes for a wonderful array of flavours and textures.


Sweet Chili Chicken

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

A sweet and spicy chicken dish that will please both adults and kids. A 20 minute from-scratch meal - what could be easier?

Yields 10-12


  • 900g chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • approx 800g canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 peppers, sliced in thin strips
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley, to garnish


  1. Trim the chicken thighs, leaving some of the fat.
  2. Cut the chicken into small strips.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar and chili powder in a large bowl, making sure the chili and sugar are evenly distributed.
  4. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, using your hands to coat evenly.
  5. Heat ½ the oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the pepper strips and sauté gently for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the drained tomatoes and stir to combine peppers and tomatoes.
  7. Cover and lower heat, simmering for about 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a heavy frypan over a high heat.
  9. Add the chicken pieces and pan fry until golden brown,about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the chicken to the tomato mixture and stir to combine well. Simmer on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes.
  11. Season to taste.
  12. Serve over plain white rice with a garnish of chopped parsley.




sweet chili chicken with white rice recipeA tasty dinner that you could easily kick up the spice a notch or two to accommodate every palate in your household.  A 20 minute meal to please everyone? It’s a winner in my book 🙂

Discolsure: I am a member of the UrbanMoms Network and received compensation for writing this post about the UrbanMoms Hunt’s Tomato Cook-off. Opinions expressed belong to eat. live. travel. write. and are not influenced in any way. The compensation I receive will be donated towards the Les Petits Chefs programme to purchase some extra equipment for the boys.

24 Responses to Les Petits Chefs and the Ultimate Tomato Cookoff with Hunt’s

  1. Cher October 12, 2011 at 08:21 #

    Mardi – I love that you have this group of “young men” in training!

  2. Paula October 12, 2011 at 08:57 #

    That chicken looks delicious cooking in the fry pan and in the pot! The finished dish is so appetizing looking. You and Les Petits Chefs are now responsible for having made this a *new favourite meal* in many households with this post.

  3. NLM October 12, 2011 at 10:25 #

    Just like police interrogation, cooking can be done “the easy way or the hard way.” I actually like both, but it’s true that when the kids are little, 20 minute dinners are life-savers!

  4. Nava Krishnan October 12, 2011 at 11:11 #

    Simply devine, I like that its served with both my fav, chicken and rice.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite October 16, 2011 at 11:15 #

      Well and the possibilities are endless – you could serve this with any sort of grain you like!

  5. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar October 12, 2011 at 17:25 #

    Great post and yummy sounding recipe! Way to go helping getting kids into the kitchen at an early age 🙂

  6. FreeSpiritEater October 12, 2011 at 19:40 #

    This dish looks incredibly delicious and full of festive flavors, yum! Thanks for sharing, great photos too! =]

  7. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 12, 2011 at 20:26 #

    What a fun lesson this was for the boys!! This chicken dish looks so good!!

  8. Dawn October 12, 2011 at 20:49 #

    Mardi –
    I am so happy to watch your blog take of and see it’s growing recognition. I know how much work it is even if it is a labor of love. Seeing you do well warms my heart!

  9. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 12, 2011 at 21:49 #

    Love this recipe… Perfect for young cooks. And old ones like me. 🙂

  10. Dagny October 14, 2011 at 15:46 #

    This sounds so easy and delicious, I love hearty meals that are simple to prepare! Thanks for sharing : )

  11. penny aka jeroxie October 16, 2011 at 01:51 #

    I am glad to see that there was added chilli in it… I love my chilli heat.

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