Chicken meatballs

Weaning recipe: Chicken meatballs

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


serves family of 4 (makes 16-20 meatballs)

If your toddler enjoys feeding him or herself then try these moreish chicken meatballs, made with fresh veggies and chicken thighs. Serve with rice and broccoli for a satisfying dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per ball (20 balls)

  • kcal28
  • fat1g
  • saturates0.2g
  • carbs0.1g
  • sugars0.1g
  • fibre0.1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.1g
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  • ½ celery stick, cut into small chunks
  • 1 small carrot, cut into small chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 500g boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • a few chives, snipped
  • oil, for greasing

To serve

  • boiled rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • steamed broccoli



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Blitz the celery, carrot, chicken and chives in a food processor until finely chopped. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.

  2. Shape into small meatballs. If freezing, space out on a tray and put in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and take them out when needed. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge before cooking.

  3. To cook, put on a baking tray lined with greased foil and bake for 10 mins or until browned and cooked through.

  4. Served with boiled rice and steamed broccoli.

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Melanie Wood's picture
Melanie Wood
5th Jun, 2019
Is this mix meant to be very wet once blended? Not cooked it yet but was very messy to make into meatballs.
Melanie Wood's picture
Melanie Wood
5th Jun, 2019
I just made these. Not cooked it yet. Is the mix suppose to be very wet and sticky once it's been blitzed?
Mrs Spencer
21st Feb, 2019
I made these, they were fairly easy. However the cut of chicken was a really fussy one. Loads of fat and blood that I had to spend ages cutting away. So not great when you have a hungry baby to feed. Also, I’d say the balls need either a higher heat or longer cooking time. Mine came out still pink at 10 mins
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Avon Rep
23rd Jan, 2020
Can I cook the meatball then freeze it?
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