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Chicken and Apple Balls - the perfect finger food!

Chicken and Apple Balls

The perfect finger food

Grated apple adds a delicious flavour to these chicken balls, which makes them appealing to young children (and big kids too).  Delicious hot or cold.  The perfect finger food!

Suitable for children 9 - 12 months (if younger than 12 months leave out the chicken stock, salt and pepper).

Makes 20 balls


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large granny smith apple, peeled and grated
2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or sage, chopped, or a pinch of mixed dry herbs
1 chicken stock cube, crumbled (from 1 year)
50g fresh white breadcrumbs
salt & freshly ground pepper (from one year)
plain flour for coating
vegetable oil for frying

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and saute half the onion for about 3 minutes. 
  2. Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid form the grated apple.
  3. Mix the apple with the chicken, cooked and remaining raw onion, herbs, stock cube (from 1 year) and breadcrumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds.  Season with a little salt and pepper (from 1 year).
  4. With you hands, form into about 20 little balls, roll in flour and fry in shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.
Best served in a divided plate or one of our double dippers with a built in sauce dipper to keep everything in one place, and not on the floor!

Source: Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner

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