I give this recipe two tiny thumbs up!
I have been enjoying making Jack's baby food, and I want to share a new one that Jack and I both love! This "Chicken & Apple Balls" recipe is a great one because you can make a large batch and freeze it too. Plus, the child can hold the balls and practice biting off pieces rather than you breaking it into parts. Finally, they're yummy hot or cold-super convenient for taking baby food when you go out to a restaurant. Jack could eat two dozen of these things at a time if I let him!
I got this recipe from the book I've used to make all of Lucy and Jack's baby food: The Healthy Baby Meal Planner, by Annabel Karmel.
Chicken and Apple Balls (makes 20 balls)
1 large dessert apple, peeled and grated
2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks (I use the Costco rotisserie chicken which is already cooked, or the shredded cooked chicken that comes in the cans is very convenient as well)
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme or sage, chopped
1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled (for babies OVER one year old-sodium content is unsuitable for babies under one year)
1 C. fresh bread crumbs
S & P (for babies over one year)
all-purpose flour for coating
veg. oil for frying (next time I make this I'm going to try baking them and see how it works)
Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple. Mix the apple with the chicken, onion, herbs, and bouillon cube (if using), and bread crumbs. Roughly chop in the food processor for a few seconds. Season with S & P (if using).
With your hands, form about 20 little balls, roll in flour, and fry in shallow oil about five minutes until lightly golden and cooked through. (If you're using precooked chicken, you don't have to worry about it cooking through.)
If freezing, store in freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Let me know if you try it and how your baby likes it! Happy Cooking!