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    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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