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Mapo tofu with chicken

This meal offers a tasty mix of ground chicken and tofu with Chinese-inspired flavours. It is a great option to introduce tofu to your kids’ palettes.

Prep time: 15 minutes 
Cook time: 20 minutes 
Servings: 6

  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) sesame oil
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) chili flakes
  • 454 g (1 lb) ground chicken
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) chopped ginger
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) chopped garlic
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) tomato paste
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) lower sodium soy sauce
  • 500 mL (2 cups) lower sodium vegetable broth
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) cornstarch
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) water
  • 1 package (400 g/14 oz) medium-firm tofu, cubed
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) sliced green onion
  1. In a large pan, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add red chili flakes and toast for a few seconds. 
  2. Add ground chicken to the pan and cook until browned. Stir in ginger and garlic and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. 
  3. Mix in tomato paste, soy sauce, and vegetable broth. Let simmer to reduce by half. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water. Stir into the sauce and simmer on low heat for 2 minutes. The sauce will slightly thicken.
  5. Gently stir in tofu and green onions. Cook for 5 minutes until the tofu has just warmed through. 


  • Serve over brown or wild rice, in whole wheat tortillas, or in lettuce wraps.
  • Littles chefs can help plan recipes by checking the fridge and cupboards for ingredients. 
  • Steam bok choy or other vegetables while the sauce is simmering to make it a complete meal.
  • Switch up the protein. Ask your kids to help you choose between chicken, beef or pork.