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

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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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