Annabel Karmel’s Chicken and Apple Balls

A recipe from my colleague Annabel Karmel. Around 6 months, babies tend to use their whole hand to pick things up so avoid making the pieces too wide. Balls are a great shape that often babies can pick up with their whole hand.

Annabel Karmel’s Chicken & Apple Balls

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 20
Calories 52 kcal


  • 250 g chicken breast cut into chunks250g boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple peeled and grated
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme or sage chopped, or a pinch of mixed dried herbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 unsalted or low-salt chicken stock cube crumbled
  • 50 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper for babies over 1 year
  • Plain flour for coating
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Put the chicken in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
  • Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.
  • Mix the apple with the chicken, onion, herbs, egg yolk, stock cube (if using) and breadcrumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds.
  • Season with a little salt and pepper (if using).
  • With your hands, form into about 20 balls, roll in flour and fry in shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.


Nutrition per portion: 52kcal, 1.5g fat
Allergens: Eggs, celery
Age suitability: 6 months+
Keyword chicken and apple balls

For lots more inspiration from Annabel read her guest blog all about finger foods for baby lead weaning.

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