Chicken and Apple Balls – By leading children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel

20 Minutes


20 Balls

My signature Chicken and Apple Balls recipe is where it all began and helped encourage my fussy eating son to eat chicken for the first time. This finger food recipe is perfect for baby-led weaning, and, if you make up a batch, you can freeze them in preparation for those busy days.

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250g Chicken Breast Cut into chunks
250g Boneless Chicken Thighs Cut into chunks
1Large Granny Smith Apple Peeled and grated
1 Onion Finely chopped
1tbsp Parsley Chopped fresh
1tbsp Fresh Thyme Or sage, chopped or a pinch of dried herbs
1 Egg yolk
1 Low salt Chicken stock cube Crumbled (For babies over 1 year)
50g Fresh white Breadcrumbs
Salt and fresh Ground Pepper (For babies over 1 year)
Plain flour For coating
Vegetable Oil For frying




Put the chicken in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
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Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.
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Mix and process

Mix the apple with the chicken, onion, herbs, egg yolk, stock cube (if using) and breadcrumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds.
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Season with a little salt and pepper (if using).
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Roll and cook

With your hands, form into about 20 balls, roll in flour and fry in shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.
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