Finger Food for Babies Chicken Nuggets

There are many recipes to try out once your baby has reached the developmental stage where they are showing interest in solid food. When cooking for a baby it is important to remember their palates are sensitive and they do not need a lot of seasoning, nor should you use a lot of unnecessary ingredients that serve no nutritional purpose.

The point of feeding your baby finger food is to supplement breast milk or formula in the early phases, and to introduce the child to flavors and textures. Eating fingerfoods also allows baby to practice picking food up and orienting it into their mouths, as well as becoming a social part of meal time with the family.

The following recipe for chicken nuggets have carrot and apple added to them to make them vitamin rich and more nutritious. Make sure you have introduced wheat and eggs to your child before serving this dish to rule out any allergies or food intolerances.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1/2 small red onion or shallot, mined
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 C fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • Pinch of dried sage, or two fresh leaves, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F
  2. Place chicken (or turkey), carrot, apple and onion in a large bowl.
  3. Add the beaten egg yolk to the meat mixture along with the breadcrumbs and sage.
  4. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated
  5. Take a small amount of the ground mixture between your hands and roll into a ball. Press into a flattish ‘nugget’ shape and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can lightly spray the baking sheet with vegetable oil spray instead
  6. Place tray in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes on each side.
  7. Remove chicken nuggets from oven and cool.
  8. Serve finger food slightly warm.
  9. These chicken nuggets freeze well if you have leftovers or want to make a double batch.
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