In the popular PBS KIDS series WordGirl, the main star is WordGirl’s voracious vocabulary, but food plays a supporting role. With characters like The Butcher, Dr. Two Brains (who has a major cheese obsession), Kid Potato, and Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, one has to wonder if WordGirl creators were starving when they developed the series.

(See below for an exciting WordGirl giveaway!)


Although “Evil” is his middle name, Chuck is relatively harmless—his most diabolical act is covering WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face in ketchup so he can make a quick getaway!

Since your kids may be WordGirl fans, we thought it would be fun to create a dish around this silly, vocabulary-challenged villain (with a sandwich for a head, and a weapon that shoots condiments).

If you make Chuck’s Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwiches with your kids, here are some cooking vocabulary words you can practice along the way:

o    Poach (cook slowly in liquid)
o    Season (Add spices and herbs to give a recipe more flavor)
o    Coarsely (Cut roughly or unevenly)
o    Trim (cut a little bit around the edges)
o    Simmer (a very low boil)

We have three copies of WordGirl books to giveaway, each autographed by 7 of the cast members:

 o   Earth Day Girl
 o   Robot Rampage
 o   City Hall Sandwich

To be eligible to win an autographed copy of one of these books, please leave a comment below telling us who your favorite WordGirl character is. Leave your comment by Thursday July 14th at 11:59 PM PST, and we will choose a winner using by Friday, July 15th. US mailing addresses only. One entry per person. Good luck! The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Theresa K., Beth and Phyllis!

Recipe: Chuck’s Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich

  • Prep Time: 25 min(s)
  • Total Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 6

A delicious sandwich recipe packed with flavor and vocabulary words!


    • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
    • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
    • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
    • ½ lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp.
    • 2 Tbsp. mango chutney or apricot jam
    • 2 – 3 tsp. curry powder, to taste
    • 2 celery stalks, large finely diced
    • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
    • 1/4 cup shelled and unsalted pistachio nuts, or use slivered almonds or coarsely chopped pecans
    • 12 slices whole wheat bread (optional)
    • 1 head lettuce (optional)


    • Trim any excess fat from the chicken. Place the chicken in a large heavy skillet and add just enough water to cover it. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and poach the chicken (steam it lightly in boiling water) for 7-10 minutes, until it is just cooked through (check by cutting into the thickest piece of chicken to make sure it is no longer pink).
    • Rinse the chicken under cold water until it is cool. Dice the chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.
    • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chutney or jam and curry powder. Stir in the chicken, celery, grapes, and nuts. Serve it on whole wheat bread with a couple of lettuce leaves, if desired.

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22 Responses to “Chuck’s Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich”

  1. Nathaniel Krebs

    My favorite character is WordGirl!!

  2. AbleApril

    The Butcher has added valuable new (mispronounced) words to our family’s in-joke collection.

    It would be discapointy not to be able to show off an autographed WordGirl book at our next bobbleque!

  3. Monica

    My daughter likes Becky. I like WordGirl (of course!). And my son likes the guy who goes around screaming for help!

  4. Casey

    Becky’s parents are perfect in their clueless ways! Remind me of the mom in Better Off Dead. 🙂

  5. Tasha

    My 3 year old’s favorite is Word Girl, with Captain Huggy Face coming in second.

  6. Lila (Momma's typing)

    Lila (4) says, “I like the character Chuck because he is the sandwich crusher-upper.”

  7. Phyllis

    All 4 of my girls LOVE WordGirl! (And I do too.) But it is tough to choose, because all the characters are so loveable or hateable!

  8. Ava

    Birthday Girl makes a great opponent for wordgirl… We like when she learns to share.My 2 year old (Ava) is working on this too…

  9. Julia

    My daughter’s favorite character is Dr. Two Brains. My favorite is WordGirl! I love hearing my 5 year old incorporate the words she learns from the show into her vocabulary!

  10. Beth

    My 2 girls and I like Wordgirl, but my 2 boys prefer Captain Huggy Face 🙂

  11. Cameron Strickland

    I like Lady Redundant Woman, she makes me laugh. But Captain Huggy-Face is my favorite!

  12. Mark

    I love curry chicken salad. You have to have the grapes too. Excellent work!

  13. Mjski

    12 slices of bread??! So this makes 6 sandwiches? alk about leftovers spoiling in the refrigerator …. unless you and kid want to eat this all week. Don’t flame me for saying we all get bored after 2 meals. You know it’s true and nutritionist/diet/health advocates ignore this, preferring to tell us. “you’ll get used to it.” These well-intentioned folks do not consider this probably because they are upper-class folks who feel no pain when they throw out left-overs. These folks seem to think we all have unlimited resources to make large quantities of perishable foods that when they spoil, it’s not a financial hardship.