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.