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