20 Baby-led weaning chicken recipes

20 Baby-led weaning chicken recipes

We’ve all seen a mom or dad serve up a sweet potato puree into their little one’s eager wide-open mouth, often complete with the special effect of a buzzing airplane spoon. It’s always fun when they’re young, but once you start baby-led weaning, mealtime looks a lot different.

In baby-led weaning, your little prince or princess sits on a high throne before a banquet of finger foods with the goal to transfer bits of food from the tray to their mouths. It teaches independence and gives your baby a sense of pride in choosing the foods they want to eat.

More and more families are switching to baby-led weaning, so I decided to list 20 baby-led weaning chicken recipes (or 28 baby-led weaning recipes here)

Further reading: the length of time chicken can stay in the fridge
It is important to keep in mind when preparing all these delicious chicken dishes.


1. Chicken Meatballs are Perfect when You’re Pressed for Time

Chicken meatballs for baby-led weaning

​Chicken meatballs for baby-led weaning (Source: Momma Always Knows)

Being a father of 3 and an insurance agent, you can imagine I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. So, I needed a quick, healthy meal for my princess and chicken meatballs sounded great. It’s easy to cook and only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. You can see the appeal.

Ingredients:

Ground chicken (or turkey)

Grated carrots

Shredded spinach

Egg (or milk if you haven’t introduced your baby to egg yet)

Breadcrumbs

Worcestershire sauce

Spices—garlic, onion powder, thyme

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl (hands are easiest). Roll into small balls (should make close to 36). Bake them for 11 minutes.

Check out the full recipe here.

​2. Change it up with Chicken, Chickpeas, and Apricots

Chicken, chickpeas, and apricots for baby-led weaning

​Chicken with chickpeas, and apricots (Source: Annabel Karmel)

I often struggled to find a super food that I could spruce up with some spices so my little girl could enjoy a tastier meal instead of that bland food she was used to. Then I came across this blend of chicken with chickpeas and apricots.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

Chopped onions

Chopped peppers

Peeled and diced carrots

Grated ginger

Apricots

Tomatoes

Garam masala

Chickpeas

Chicken thighs and stock

Preparation:

In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry your onions, red pepper, ginger, apricots, and carrots for a couple of minutes. Add your chicken, ginger, garam masala for 2 minutes and then add your tomatoes, chickpeas, and stock. Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and blend.

Check out the full recipe here.​

3. Why Not Try Some Chicken Nuggets while You’re at It

Chicken nuggets

​ Chicken nuggets (Source: Yummy Tummy)

​I got some MacDonald’s nuggets and fries the other day. My baby girl was more than eager to try some, but I cringed at the thought of her having some. However, nuggets are easy to make, so I decided to try out a simple variation of the recipe.

Ingredients:

Boneless chicken breasts

Spices – red chili flakes, oregano, garlic powder, coriander, salt, pepper

Grated cheese

Oil

All-purpose flour

Corn flour

Breadcrumbs

Spices – salt, pepper

Preparation:

Mince the chicken in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a bowl and mix in spices, grated cheese, and a little bit of oil to bind it together. Form the nuggets. You can either use cookie cutters for shaped nuggets or you can shape them with your hands. Place the breading ingredients in separate bowls, and coat the nuggets in the all-purpose flour, then the corn flour, and finally the breadcrumbs.

The recipe calls for the nuggets to be fried, but if you want a healthier alternative for your little one, spray them with oil and bake in the oven.

Check out the full recipe here.​

4. Better Yet, Try Some Chicken Avocado Bites

Chicken avocado bites

Chicken avocado bites (Source: Simple Toddler Recipes)

​​I’ve always loved guacamole, and since avocado is one of the main ingredients of this dish, I thought I would give my little girl a taste of this delicious and highly nutritious super food combined with some lean chicken.

Ingredients:

Cooked chicken

Avocado

Eggs

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to roughly 200 C. Mix your avocado, chicken, and eggs until fully incorporated. Transfer spoonfuls of the mixture to your muffin tray. Bake for about 20 minutes, and that’s it.

Check out the full recipe here.​

​5. How Do You Like Your Chicken and Apple Meatballs, Hot or Cold?

Chicken and apple balls

​Chicken and apple balls (Source: Net Mums)

This is one of my favorite finger foods to prepare for my little girl, and the best part about it is that you can serve it hot or cold.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

A finely chopped onion

Grated apple—Granny Smith

Chicken breasts

Fresh parsley and thyme

Chicken stock

White breadcrumbs

Flour

Salt and ground pepper

Preparation:

Sauté some olive oil in a pan while you peel, grate and squeeze the juice from your apple. Cook your chicken, and then mix it with your grated apples, onion, stock, breadcrumbs, and herbs. Roughly chop the mixture in a food processor then roll a few balls in flour and lightly fry the balls until golden brown. Baking the meatballs is also an option too.

Check out the full recipe here.​

6. Chicken and veggie casserole: perfect for first-timers

Chicken and veggie casserole

Chicken and veggie casserole (Source: The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer)

I find this is a perfect first chicken meal to give your baby, as it is intended for age 6 months and older. The taste is a bit strong, so I like to tone down the flavors for my princess.

Ingredients:

Chicken breast—cubed

Leek

Olive oil or butter

Peeled and diced pumpkin

Baby corn

Chopped carrots

Water

Vegetable stock—sodium reduced

Preparation:

Add your leek to a bowl and blitz for 5 seconds in a thermomixer. Drizzle some olive oil and cook for a few minutes. Add your veggies and blitz some more. Add your chicken breast, water, and stock, and cook for 20 minutes before serving.

Check out the full recipe here.​

​7. Don’t have time to shop? Try Chicken and Sweet Potato Meatballs

Chicken and sweet potato meatballs

Chicken and sweet potato meatballs  (Source: Then I Became Mum)

Another great meatball recipe that’s easy for little fingers to pick up. I love this recipe since it uses easy to find ingredients and it is relatively simple to prepare, especially if you don’t have a lot of time.

Ingredients:

Chicken breast – cooked

Sweet potato

Slice of bread

Applesauce or an egg

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 200 C. Prick your sweet potato all over and microwave for 8 minutes. Grind your chicken and breading—separately – and mix together in a bowl. Add the egg or applesauce, mix, and roll a few meatballs. Bake for 20 minutes.

Check out the full recipe here.​

8. Butternut Squash, Apple, and Chicken Bites for Picky Eaters

Butternut Squash, Apple and Chicken bites

Butternut Squash, apple, and chicken bites (Source: Hello Bee)

My little girl has recently become picky about what she eats. Let’s just say that she’s fallen out with her veggies. Luckily, I found an easy-to-cook meal that has veggies and is a treat for her taste buds.

Ingredients:

Steamed or roasted butternut squash

Diced apples

Egg whites

Cooked and shredded chicken

Breadcrumbs

Spices—garlic powder and thyme

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then press the mixture into a tiny muffin tin. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the top turns golden brown. That’s it!

Check out the full recipe here.​

​9. Just Wing it with Mini Chicken and Carrot Meatballs

Mini-chicken and carrot meatballs

Mini chicken and carrot meatballs (Source: Baby Foode)

Here is another meatball recipe that your little one will love as well as the rest of the family. I like this particular meatball recipe since you can easily swap out some of the ingredients and use whatever you have on hand.

Ingredients:

Ground chicken

Applesauce or other puree

Shredded carrot

Spinach

Green onion

Eggs

Breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper

Cumin

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 450 F. Start by adding all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix them all together. Roll your meatballs and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until browned.

Check out the full recipe here.​

​10. How about Hot Chicken Cakes? ​Pairs with Just about Anything

hot chicken cakes

​Hot chicken cakes (Source: My Lovely Little Lunchbox)

I love these patties and so does my little girl, especially since she can hold them perfectly in her tiny hands thanks to their small size and shape. They pair perfectly with ribboned zucchini, yogurt, tomatoes, etc.

Ingredients:

Breadcrumbs

Minced chicken

Prosciutto

Lemon zest and juice

Herbs—basil and mint

Grated Parmesan

Olive oil

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands, make small patties from the mixture. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and fry the cakes for about 5 minutes (until cooked all the way through).

Check out the full recipe here.

​​11. Why Not Try Chicken Veggie Patties

Chicken veggie patties

Chicken veggie patties (Source: Easy Toddler Meals)

From my own experience raising three kids, I know that a lot of them are choosy about texture. ​As a result, I included this particular recipe. It’s as close as you can gets to a nugget in taste and is super soft, juicy, and tasty. Your bub is sure to love them.

Ingredients:

Grated zucchini

Grated broccoli florets

Finely chopped bell peppers

Cooked chicken—rotisserie is best

Flour

Salt and pepper

Egg

Olive oil

Butter

Preparation:

Wash and prepare your vegetables, and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add a tablespoon of butter for each patty. Cook until the patties turn brown. Serve with chives or sour cream.

Check out the full recipe here.

12. Add a Little Sweetness with Some Corn in these Chicken Patties

Chicken and corn patties

​ Chicken and corn patties (Source: Food 4 Tots)

Kids have the tendency to choose sweet over savory, but we don’t want to pump them full of sugar to satisfy that craving. Instead, you can try to add some sweetness to their chicken patties with corn.

Ingredients:

Minced chicken breast

Fresh corn (not canned)

Water chestnuts (finely diced)

French beans (finely diced)

Minced red onion

Breadcrumbs

Corn flour

Egg

Oil

Seasoning – salt, sugar (optional), paprika, pepper

Preparation:

Mix chicken, corn, water chestnuts, French beans, and onion in a bowl and combine well. Add breadcrumbs and corn flour, and mix again. Add egg, seasoning, and oil, and mix once more. Heat a bit of oil in a non-stick pan. Drop the mixture into the pan by the tablespoon and slightly flatten to create a patty. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.

Check out the full recipe here.

13. Get Cheesy with these Parmesan Chicken Strips

Parmesan chicken strips

​Parmesan chicken strips (Source: Healthy Little Foodies)

Few things go together better than chicken and Parmesan cheese. It adds a nice crispy and flavorful layer to these chicken strips, eliminating the need for grains or breadcrumbs. Your little one is sure to love them.

Ingredients:

Chicken breasts – cut into strips

Grated Parmesan

Ground almonds

Egg

Oil (spray)

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 200 C. Mix the Parmesan and almonds in a shallow bowl and set aside. Dip the chicken strips into a beaten egg and roll them in the Parmesan mixture to evenly coat them. Transfer to a baking sheet and lightly spray with oil. Bake for 15-18 minutes (depending on the size of the strips).

Check out the full recipe here.

14. Add a Bit of Exotic Flavor with Baked Mango Chicken Bites

Baked mango chicken bites

​ Baked mango chicken bites (Source: My Kids Lick the Bowl)

​I have never really been one who likes to mix fruit with their savory dishes, but mango is an exception. It adds a bit of tang and exotic flavor to just about any dish. The best part about these baked mango chicken bites is that they are allergen-free. No dairy, no soy, no gluten, no eggs, and no nuts. They are safe and fun for just about anyone to eat.

Ingredients:

Oats

Coconut milk

Carrot

Onion

Mango – cubed (fresh or frozen)

Turmeric

Chicken mince

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Soak half of the oats in the coconut milk for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, blitz the carrot and onion in a food processor. Add mango, soaked oats, turmeric, and chicken and pulse until smooth. Add the other half of the oats and pulse again. Spray a muffin pan with oil and roll mixture into meatballs, placing them in the muffin tray. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Check out the full recipe here.

15. Chicken and Rice Patties – An Entire Meal in One Small Package

Chicken and rice patties

​Chicken and rice patties (Source: Planning with Kids)

No more fussing over a full plate of food. These patties combine your little one’s chicken, rice, and vegetables into one small bite-sized snack.

Ingredients:

Cooked jasmine rice

Chicken breast

Oil

Carrot – grated

Spring onions – finely sliced

Grated mozzarella

Eggs

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Heat oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken. Once chicken is cooked through, remove from the pan and shred. Beat the eggs, combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix. Lightly spray a muffin pan with cooking oil and spoon the mixture into the pan. Top with cheese and bake for 15 minutes until golden.

Check out the full recipe here.

16. Who Says Burgers Have to be Beef? Chicken, Zucchini, and Fresh Corn Burgers

​Chicken, zucchini, and fresh corn burgers

​Chicken, zucchini, and fresh corn burgers (Source: The Cafe Sucre Farine)

This lovely, light, and fresh burger presents itself with a bit of Mediterranean flair, packing in flavors that the whole family is sure to enjoy. They can be eaten plain, with optional dipping sauces (found on the original website), or eaten as a regular burger on a bun. There are so many fun ways to enjoy this deliciousness.

Ingredients:

Ground chicken

Zucchini – coarsely chopped

Fresh corn

Red bell pepper – finely diced

Green onions – thinly sliced

Egg

Breadcrumbs

Fresh cilantro – chopped

Minced garlic

Seasoning – coriander, cumin, salt, pepper

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Start by chopping and dicing the vegetables. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and shape the burgers. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and sear the burgers for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the burgers to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 7-10 minutes until cooked through.

Check out the full recipe here.

17. Add a Touch of Class with Pesto Chicken Veggie Meatballs

Pesto chicken veggie meatballs

​Pesto chicken veggie meatballs (Source: Super Healthy Kids)

I LOVE pesto. There’s something so classy and refreshing about basil and pine nuts. These meatballs are guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family…not to mention super healthy with the amount of veggies inside.

Ingredients:

Ground chicken

Red bell pepper

Carrot

Zucchini

Pesto

Breadcrumbs

Salt

Oil

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grate the zucchini and pat dry to reduce excess moisture. Combine in a bowl with the finely minced carrot and bell pepper. Add breadcrumbs, salt, and pesto and stir. Fold in ground chicken, working it with your hands. Drizzle oil on a baking sheet, and line it with meatballs. Bake for about 10 minutes until cooked through.

Check out the full recipe here.

18. Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes are a Fun Way to Get Messy

​Chicken pot pie cupcakes

​Chicken pot pie cupcakes (Source: Sunny Slide Up)

For a baby, feeding yourself sometimes means getting messy, but that’s half the fun. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing their little one’s face covered in a meal they enjoyed? These pot pie cupcake are still a great finger food, but your little one is bound to end up with a little bit of it on their…everywhere!

Ingredients:

Cooked chicken breast

Cream of chicken soup

Frozen mixed veggies

Shredded cheddar cheese

Seasoning – basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic salt

Biscuit dough

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Combine all ingredients into one bowl. Lightly grease a muffin pan and line it with the premade biscuit dough. Spoon in the chicken mixture, dividing it evenly amongst the cups. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden.

Check out the full recipe here.

19. There’s Nothing Simpler than Chicken Quesadillas

​ Chicken quesadillas

​ Chicken quesadillas (Source: Mummy Cooks)

Chicken quesadillas are one of my go-to meals when I want to serve a home-cooked meal that doesn’t require too much “cooking.” It’s also a great way to hide some vegetables from my picky eater. *wink*

Ingredients:

Oil

Flour tortillas

Seasoning – paprika, chili powder, oregano, ground black pepper

Lime juice

Chopped chicken breast

Red pepper – thinly sliced

Yellow pepper – thinly sliced

Onion – diced

Grated cheddar cheese

Avocado – smashed

Preparation:

Combine seasoning, chicken, and lime juice, being sure to coat the chicken. Transfer to a heated and oiled pan and cook for a few minutes before adding the onion. After a couple more minutes, add the peppers. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the mixture from the pan and set aside. Oil pan again, lay down a tortilla, add cheese and chicken mixture, and top with another tortilla. Cook each side for about two minutes. Cut into quarters and serve with smashed avocado.

Check out the full recipe here.

20. Broccoli, Chicken, and Potato Bites – A Healthy Alternative to Mozzarella Sticks

​Broccoli, chicken, and potato bites

​Broccoli, chicken, and potato bites (Source: Net Doctor)

If my baby girl could pick a favorite food, she would probably say it was cheese. Cheese in itself isn’t bad; it can be a great source of calcium, protein, and healthy fats if you choose the right kind. However, I wouldn’t say that feeding your child mozzarella sticks every day is necessarily a good idea. As a great alternative, these sticks have chicken, broccoli, and potato, as well as a bit of Parmesan for a nice cheesy flavor.

Ingredients:

Broccoli florets

Mashed potato (cold)

Parmesan cheese – grated

Cooked chicken – diced

Breadcrumbs

Egg – beaten

Spring onions – finely sliced

Oil

Preparation:

Steam the broccoli for 5-6 minutes until tender, allow to cool, and finely chop. Mix together the chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli, onions, cheese, half the breadcrumbs, and half the egg. Separate and shape the mixture into 8 sausage-shaped parts. Coat each with the remaining egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Freeze for about 30 minutes then fry in an oiled pan. As an alternative, you can bake them as well.

Check out the full recipe here.

​Conclusion

And there you have it: a list of 20 baby-led weaning recipes featuring chicken for your little bundle of joy.

The purpose of this list is to help the growing majority of parents who are moving from the conventional weaning (with the use of purees) to finger foods, and most of us have no idea which chicken recipes are suitable.

Albeit baby-led weaning takes a little more work than the conventional weaning techniques, it does give you a front seat to watch your baby’s development, which is fun in its own way.

Did you enjoy our list? Is there a recipe we left out? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. Don’t be shy; we’d love it if you share it with your friends and babies.

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