Are you looking for Easter dishes that are easy and fun to make? If yes, then these “newly hatched chicks” made from hard-boiled eggs are perfect for you (along with chicken mommy, of course). You can offer them as a snack or use them to garnish a salad. Or how about an Easter picnic? Simply pack them in the egg carton you bought them in. Safe transportation and a cute way to serve.

Easter is approaching soon so it’s about time to present some Easter recipes. I like this chick egg very much because it’s so simple. And it totally makes sense to reshape boiled eggs so they look like hatched chicks. No wait, that’s actually kind of creepy. Nevermind, they do look cute after all :-)

I’ve encountered the basic idea of this chick egg on lots of bento blogs (or here on Flickr), so its origin remains unclear. Everyone has their own way of styling the faces. I attempted to come up with a personal variation, too. And I tried to find a way to make it that is as quick and easy as possible. Have fun!


How to make a Chicken Family from Hard-Boiled Eggs

  • eggs
  • carrot slices
  • thin red pepper slice
  • black olives or nori (like the seaweed sheets you use for sushi)
  1. Boil the eggs. You can use this perfect method here for example. Make sure you don’t overcook the eggs. You don’t want ugly green chicks, do you? Well maybe when it’s time for Halloween. In the last 3 minutes of boiling, add the carrot slices to the water.
  2. The egg yolk is near the flat end of the egg, so the cut should be nearer to that side. The pointy end of the egg will be the bottom. You can use a regular small knife. It worked best for me when I held it near the tip, the sharp edge facing upwards. Cut a zig-zag line. You don’t have to be overly cautious not to cut the yolk. A bit cutting is okay, just don’t ram the knife through it.
  3. Gently pull and stroke the small part of the egg white. If doesn’t come off easily, re-cut the zig-zag line. Maybe it’s a good idea to brush the egg yolk at this step with oil. I noticed that they turn dry and cracky after a while!
  4. I used an apple corer to make the chicken beaks, but you can use small round cookie cutters as well. Cut the carrot slices so they look like crescents.Or like orange clipped nails.
  5. Press the carrot beaks (2 crescents) into the egg yolk. For the chicken mommy, you may have to you use a little mayonnaise as an adhesive.
  6. If you use olives for the eyes, use the end of a plastic drinking straw to cut circles.
  7. If you use nori, go get your hole puncher at your workstation and cut out nori circles.
  8. Nori eyes can be placed easily with the flat end of a toothpick that has been damped.
  9. For the mommy chicken’s comb, cut out a red pepper circle and divide it in half. Make a small cut into the egg so you can place the comb inside.
  10. Arrange the chicken family in an egg carton. Done!

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105 Responses to “Chicken Egg Family”

  • Gali says:

    How adorable! I quite like the Mum egg proudly smiling at her chicks.

  • Wow! This is so adorable!
    LOVE IT! :D
    I’ve got to try this! Hehe.

  • Oh, this is wonderful!!!

    Greetings from Spain,

  • Gala says:

    Ha! That is so cute! My grandmother used to make egg mice with whole black pepper corns for the eyes.

  • diva says:

    What a fun box of eggs! :) Very creative and pretty…would sure make for a great Easter dish. x

  • christelle says:

    Wonderfull, i love it !

  • chicky*bits says:

    This is quite possibly the cutest thing ever!! I’m so making these this Easter, thanks for the tutorial! :)

  • daniela says:

    You’re always surprising and very good! your chicken egg family is beautiful and pleasant and I think I’ll do it for Easter. Thanks for the idea

  • savanna says:

    oh these are precious! i’ll never be able to eat a boiled egg again–too cute! :)

  • Chantal says:

    Super cute!!!

  • marguerite says:

    I raise chickens and would like to make sure you all realize not all egg cartons you receive from the grocery store are safe to store hard boiled eggs in once their shells have been removed. Often, the boxes, which are simply vacuum-extruded paper pulp and VERY porous, have various bacteria in the crannies of the paper which can be picked up by the moisture of an unshelled hard boiled egg.

    Also, if you get farm-raised eggs or organic eggs, be aware that some farmers put their eggs into the cartons unwashed because the eggs have been laid on clean litter. Many also recycle used cartons, as well (I do due to economic reasons). This isn’t a sweeping generality, of course, as there are a vast number of local farmers and organic farmers who do wash their eggs before sale and who use fresh, clean cartons for each dozen they sell.

    I guess just be careful. If you want to make sure your eggs stay clean, line the carton cups with plastic. A little plastic wrap helps keep the stomach yuckies away.

    • Jojo Krang says:

      Thanks for the advice marguerite :-O

    • d-m says:

      wow, I never thought of that Marguerite. My concerns were of the egg sticking to the carton. I was planning on putting some easter grass in the bottom, overflowing the egg slots then some celowrap. I do have a plastic tray that I can transport them in tho so I may have to give that a nice wash and just use it instead.

      thanks for the warning!!

    • Ellen Bickerstaff Parker says:

      I was going to suggest using the styrofoam cartons which you can easily wash with hot soapy water before putting your boiled eggs in.

  • pumpkinpie says:

    This brought a smile to my day. Thanks!

  • Dacia says:

    These are so cute! I may have to make some for my daughter!

  • Draco says:

    These are really creative and adorable. Makes me wish I had little kids to make these with, although my family is coming to town for Easter, so I may have to make these to surprise them with.

  • brilliance once again! how do you do it? I posted (yet another) link to your site on my column ( Thanks for all the great material and inspiration!

  • Rachel says:

    Oh WOW! This is so creative and amazing! And cute! Way, way cute! Dot at Dabbled let me know about this and I’m so glad she did. I’m totally smitten. I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  • Megacrafty says:

    I saw these on dabbled, they’re terrific. I’ll definitely be making some of these this Easter. These really are too adorable!

  • Sumin says:

    How unbelievably, heart-meltingly adorable! I’d agree with marguerite about the carton though. I’ll have to try to make this some time for my friends! Thanks for the wonderful posts, and especially your blog! It’s so much fun browsing your entries. :) Thanks again!

  • marianne says:


  • Heather says:

    absolutely darling!

  • amy says:

    these are soooo adorable! they resemble this chick cartoon character, piyo piyo! my sister being the cutie pie she is made the soft-toy versh of her piyo look at the pictures on your post! did that make sense? in any case, lovely eggs:)

  • Carla says:

    Gorgeous and clever! Can’t wait to create some for my nephews!

  • Those are so precious! Brilliant idea!

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  • Emili says:

    So cute… they should be on
    Why don’t you submit your pictures? = )

  • Melinda says:

    these are adorable! i love your blog and your creations!

  • Victoria says:

    Hi Jojo!!!
    Indeed the things you do are amazing. I found the page by accident. I congratulate you for the things you do and the dedication with which you perform it. Perfect!
    My Greetings and cheers from Argentina ..

  • Michelle says:

    These are seriously cute.

  • I just did! Cool! thank you

  • Petra says:

    Cute, cute, cute…

  • Joy says:

    Very, very cute! Have you ever thought about making a deviled egg version of this idea, where you also scoop out the yolks and mix them with mayo, brown or spicy mustard and paprika? I think it might be difficult to pipe them back in their exact same shape, but the taste would be worth the effort. In that case, you’d likely want to use a pimiento slice from the middle of a green olive as mama hen’s comb.
    Btw, I stumbled on this blog as a link from another I read (The Kitchn), and I think it’s really awesome so far. Esp the cream cheese bunny muffins; I am so going to try that recipe, but tweak it a little to add carrot and raisins (like carrot cake, a sort of spring dish). :)

  • This is super cute! I’m linking to it at Dollar Store Crafts! Thanks for the fun idea!

  • Nancy Ward says:


    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    I’d appreciate your letting me know if that’s OK.


    Nancy Ward

  • Terry says:

    Wow. You have waaaay too much time on your hands. Why do I get the feeling you made these for your cats?

  • Man, i wish i had seen this in time for Easter! Did you come up with this yourself? It is way too cute. I bet everyone loved it. Terry that was mean by the way. This person is trying to show us something to brighten up someones day and you are thrashing them for it. How dare you! If anyone else is excited about flower blooming then it’s a click away.

  • deeba says:

    How absolutely precious! Love it!!

  • jack foster says:

    Hey Jojo. I love all your eye candy recipes. This one is so perfect for Easter. I was looking for a recipe to illustrate for a website called I am a children’s book illustrator that loves to cook. Can I draw up a bunny family making these and submit it? Thanks and God bless.

  • Victoria says:

    I spenmt ages looking for something fun to serve up to my little girls Easter morning, and these are it!

    Fabulous, thank you for sharing your idea!

    Victoria, London, England.

  • Victoria says:

    I spent ages looking for something fun to serve up to my little girls Easter morning, and these are it!

    Fabulous, thank you for sharing your idea!

    Victoria, London, England.

  • sara says:

    this is so great it did this to my 1 year old son and he loved it.. he did not eat egg before now…. thank you so much

  • Teresa says:

    I absolutely love this page!!!!!!!!!!!! I will try these for the Easter, my kid will love this egg family! Thank you so much for the great ideas!!!!
    Greetings from Lithuania!!!

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  • abish says:

    bonitos huevos no hay en forma de bebes para tecnica

  • mel says:

    Oh these are awesome, would have been perfect for my sons last birthday. I had to make him a Chicken Little cake and these would’ve been good to have on the table for the kids to eat.

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