Annabel Karmel's chicken and apple balls

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Annabel Karmel's chicken and apple balls recipe
Annabel Karmel's chicken and apple balls recipe
  • Makes: 20

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Tacita Wallace

Rather than shallow frying, can they go in the oven?


I freeze them cooked for a quick meal


I use this recipe for chicken burgers! Make a big batch and freeze them for a quick & delicious meal!


Easy to make. Next time I'd omit the thyme as it's quite overpowering. I think these would be nice with a hint of garlic and paprika


can you freeze the balls when cooked or before cooking?


Delicious. Too delicious.... I keep eating them before they are cool enough for my 10 month old. I don't think it would be possible to make enough for her dinner not to be shortchanged! Definitely a recipe worth trying.

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