Annabel Karmel’s chicken and apple balls recipe

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  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy
makes: 20
Skill: easy
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 8 min
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  • Grated apple adds a delicious flavour to these chicken balls, which makes them appealing to young children. They’re delicious hot or cold and make perfect finger foods for babies and toddlers too.


    • 1tbsp light olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
    • 2 chicken breasts cut into chunks
    • ½tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
    • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled (from one year old)
    • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (from one year old)
    • Plain flour for coating
    • Sunflower oil for frying


    • Heat the oil in a medium-sized pan and sauté the onion for about 3 mins over a low-medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the onions to cool down.

    • Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.

    • Mix the apple in a bowl with the chicken, cooled sautéed onion, thyme, crumbled stock cube and breadcrumbs then roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds. Season with a little salt and pepper if you like.

    • Using your hands, form the chicken mixture into about 20 small balls, roll in flour and fry in shallow oil for about 5 mins until lightly golden and cooked through.

    Top tip for making Annabel Karmel’s chicken and apple balls

    Baby food expert Annabel Karmel combines chicken and sweet apples to create a tasty meal for fussy kids. Find more baby food recipes and plan your baby's meals with our baby food meal planner.

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