11 Baby-led weaning chicken recipes
We’ve all seen a mom or dad giving their little bundle of joy a sweet potato puree right into their eagerly waiting wide-open mouths with complete special effects—a buzzing airplane spoon. It’s always fun to watch, but if you’re a parent who practices baby-led weaning, then your baby’s 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 and try to transfer bits of food from the tray to their mouths. More and more families are switching to baby-led weaning, so I decided to list 11 baby-led weaning chicken recipes.
1.Chicken meatballs for when you pressed for time
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 takes around 15 minutes--you can see the appeal.
Milk or eggs,
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, roll some meatballs, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake them for 11 minutes.
And that’s it. Check out the full recipe.
2. Or change it up with Chicken, chickpeas, and apricots
I often struggled to find a superfood that I could spruce up with some spices so my little girl could enjoy a tastier meal instead of that bland food I had gotten her used to. Remember to learn how long can chicken stay in fridge when you are preparing all this delicious chicken food for your love ones.
Peeled and diced carrots
Chicken thigh and stock
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 20minutes and blend.
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3.Why not try some Chicken nuggets while you’re at it
I got some MacDonald’s nuggets and fries the other day, and my baby girl was more than eager to try some, but I cringed at the thought of her having some. But nuggets are easy to make, so I decided to try out a simple variation of the recipe.
Skinless and boneless chicken breasts
Raw wheat germ
Spices—garlic powder, sage, pepper, thyme
Preheat your oven to about 350 degrees then chop your chicken breast into tiny pieces and grind your food processor. Mix your spices and add the rest of the ingredients, pulse, shape your nuggets and bake for about 20 minutes.
Easy enough, right? Check out the full recipe here.
4. Better yet, some Chicken avocado bites
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 superfood combined with some lean chicken.
Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees Celsius, mix your avocado, chicken, and eggs and add spoonfuls of the mixture to your muffin tray. Bake for about 20minutes, and that’s it.
5. How do you like your Chicken and apple balls, hot or cold?
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 when it’s hot or cold.
A finely Chopped onion
Grated apple—Granny Smith
Fresh parsley and thyme
Salt and ground pepper
Sauté some olive oil in a pan while your peel, grate and squeeze the juice from your Apple. Cook your chicken 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.
6. Chicken and veggie casserole: perfect for first-timers
I find this is a perfect first chicken meal to give your baby since it suits babies who are over six months old. It’s not bland, but I like to tone down the flavors for my princess.
Olive oil or butter
Peeled and diced pumpkin
Vegetable stock—sodium reduced
Add your leek to a bowl and blitz for 5 seconds in thermomixer. Drizzle some olive oil, cook and add your veggies. Blitz some more, add your chicken breast, water, and stock and cook for 20 minutes and serve.
7. if you don’t have time to shop? Try Chicken and sweet potato meatballs
Another finger food meatball recipe for your bundle of joy. I love this recipe since it uses easy to find ingredients and to prepare it is relatively simple, especially if you don’t have a lot of time.
Slice of bread
Apple sauce or an egg
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees(Celsius), prick your sweet potato severally and bake it in the microwave for 8 minutes. Grind your chicken and bread—separately, and mix in a bowl. Add the egg or applesauce, mix, then roll a few meatballs and bake for 20 minutes.
8. Butternut Squash, Apple and Chicken bites for picky eaters
My little girl has recently become picky about what she eats. Let’s just say that she’s fallen out with her veggies but luckily, I found an easy to cook meal that has veggies and is a treat for her taste buds.
Steamed or roasted butternut squash
Cooked and shredded chicken
Spices—garlic powder and thyme
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then press the mixture into a tiny muffin tin. Now cook it for about 15 minutes or until the top turns golden brown. That’s it!
9.Or just wing it with Mini-chicken and carrot meatballs
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.
Apple sauce or puree
salt and pepper
You start by adding all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix it all together. Preheat your oven to about 450 degrees(Fahrenheit) while your roll your meatballs. Put the meatballs onto your baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until browned.
10. How about hot chicken cakes? Sweet and tasty.
I love these patties of golden chicken and so does my little girl especially since she can hold them perfectly in her tiny arms thanks to their small size and shape. Moreover, you can serve them with ribboned zucchini, yogurt, tomatoes, etc.
Lemon zest and juice
Herbs—basil and mint
Mix the breadcrumbs, prosciutto, herbs, minced chicken, lemon zest, lemon juice and parmesan in a large bowl. Using your hands, make some patties from the mixture and in a pan, heat some olive oil and fry the cakes for about 5 minutes or until cooked and serve.
Easy-peasy, right? Check out the full recipe here.
11. Why not try Chicken veggie patties
From my own experience raising three kids, I know that a lot of kids are choosy about texture. So, I included this particular recipe since it gets as close to a nugget in taste and is super soft, juicy and tasty that your bub will love.
Grated green zucchini
Finely chopped bell peppers
Salt and pepper
Wash and prepare your vegetables and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add tablespoons of butter for each patty. Cook until the patties turn brown and serve with chives or sour cream.
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And there you have it, a list of 11 baby-led weaning recipes for your little bundle of joy. I created this list because a growing majority of parents are moving from the conventional weaning purees to finger foods and most of us have no idea which chicken recipes would work.
Albeit baby-led weaning isn’t as fun as the conventional weaning techniques, it does give you a front seat to watch your baby’s development which is fun in its way.
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