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Soft Chicken Meatballs For Babies, Toddlers, Kids (BLW)

Soft chicken meatballs for baby made with ground chicken, vegetables, soft avocado and seasonings, no bread or flour needed. These chicken meatballs are a great way to serve chicken for babies starting from 6-7 month and up. They are perfect for baby led weaning (BLW) as finger food, including toddlers and older kid’s school lunch box.

Chicken meatballs for babies toddlers and kids.

Since these baby chicken meatballs are freezer friendly you can make them ahead of time and serve them in under 20 minutes. Plus they are completely customizable, egg free option included.

You may also like these soft beef meatballs or these turkey avocado patties.

Chicken Meatballs For Babies (BWL), Toddlers & Kids

That’s what I love about these baby chicken meatballs. They are SO EASY to make and meal prep friendly. They can be served with mashed cauliflower and roasted vegetables or saved for the next week’s meatball dinner, when hunger calls. Whether you’re doing baby led weaning or not these chicken meatballs are perfect as baby led weaning finger food – they’re soft enough for babies to gum them even when they don’t have any teeth.

If you’re looking to reduce stovetop messes, then you’ll love how well these baby chicken meatballs can be browned in a hot oven rather than frying in a skillet. And then there’s the option to just simmer the meatballs in sauce without pre-cooking at all. I like to simmer the meatballs in chicken broth/ stock with some added coconut milk (or cream) with garlic and Dijon mustard and season to taste.

Ingredients For The Recipe

  • Ground chicken – you can use the store-bought version or make some ground chicken yourself. Just add some chicken meat in a food processor and mix it with plenty of dry spices and herbs.
  • Garlic & Onion – finely chopped. Ground powder works well, but I prefer to use real food ingredients for baby’s recipes.
  • Carrot – you can use any starchy vegetable you like.
  • Avocado – is used to provide the chicken meatballs a softer texture. Since we’re not using breadcrumbs or cheese, this will also help with binding everything together.
Ingredients for soft chicken meatballs for baby and toddlers.
  • Egg – is used as a binding agent. See egg free version below in recipe card.
  • Tomato paste – is used for flavoring. The acid component brightens up the flavor.
  • Seasonings – I used the most basic ones usually suitable for chicken meat: black pepper, sage and salt, but you can also try some fresh chopped basil, dried oregano or coriander. Use Himalayan pink salt for very small babies or omit it entirely.

How To Make Baby Chicken Meatballs

Prepare & Mix The Ingredients:

  • Prep the vegetables (onion, carrot, garlic): clean and peel and throw them in a food processor along with avocado and seasonings.
  • Mix: pulse a few times until finely chopped, then add the egg and tomato paste, pulse another few times until incorporated. Then add the ground chicken and mix by hand or with a spatula. Don’t mix in the food processor it will make the texture very wet and will be harder to handle.
Process shots: how to mix ground chicken and ingredients for baby chicken meatballs.

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Form The Chicken Meatballs

  • Use a small cookie or ice cream scoop to evenly portion out the meatballs. Place one by one in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or if you have mini muffin pan, use that, it will help keep the shape better. To help with stickiness when rolling: lightly dampen hands with some oil.
How to roll and bake chicken meatballs for babies.

Bake The Chicken Meatballs

  • Place in a 400-degree F oven and bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden browned. They usually have a lighter color than those made with red meat. You can turn the broil function for the last minute or two of baking for a more golden surface. Baking the chicken meatballs is easier, healthier and mess free. But you can also fry them if you like.

Keep the Chicken Meatballs Moist And Soft

  • When using ground chicken, add some thigh meat mixed with white chicken meat – for a more round flavor and fat. Red chicken meat is usually less lean (than chicken breast) and softer when cooked.
  • Don’t over bake the meatballs. Take them out of the oven when they are cooked through inside, sometimes they might not get browned but they tend to cook even after you take them out.
Chicken meatballs for baby on a plate.

Make Ahead

Gather the ingredients and form the baby meatballs, place them on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze them raw. Once frozen transfer them in a plastic bag and keep frozen for up to 3-4 months. When you need a quick finger food or meal for your baby, you’ll have fresh tasting chicken meatballs for your baby in no time!

Egg Free Baby Chicken Meatballs Version

Keep everything the same, you just need to replace the egg with parmesan cheese and add some bread crumbs (or flour) in order to absorb the extra moisture. Add them at the end with the meat and mix by hand. For the grain free / gluten free version opt for a nut/ seed flour or arrowroot flour.

Baby chicken meatballs bitten.

How To Store

  • Store leftovers for 4-5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • Thaw / reheat – just pop them out of the freezer and place them on a backing sheet. Cover with foil and reheat at 170C /350F until heated through. Or thaw the chicken meatballs overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove: In a pot add a touch of water or stock and the meatballs, cover and let them steam inside at low temperature for 10-15 minutes.
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Soft Chicken Meatballs For Babies, Toddlers, Kids (BLW)

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Soft chicken meatballs for baby made with ground chicken, vegetables, soft avocado and seasonings, no bread or flour needed. These baby chicken meatballs are suitable for 6-7 month old babies and up, baby led weaning (BLW) as finger food, including toddlers and older kid’s school lunch box. Egg free meatball version included.
DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 25 chicken meatballs
Calories 47 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb (454g) ground chicken
  • 3/4 avocado
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5-2 tbsp tomato paste (lemon juice or some mustard will also work)
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sage (or basil)
  • 1/3 tsp sea salt (for babies 12 months +)

Eggless Chicken Meatballs

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated) (as eggs substitute)
  • 3-4 tbsp bread crumbs (or almond flour (grain free version))

Instructions
 

Prepare The Ingredients

  • Prep the vegetables (onion, carrot, garlic): clean and peel and throw them in a food processor along with avocado and seasonings.

Mix The Ingredients

  • Pulse the ingredients a few times until finely chopped, then add the egg and tomato paste, pulse another few times until incorporated.
  • Then add the ground chicken and mix by hand or with a spatula. Don't mix in the food processor it will make the texture very wet and will be harder to handle.
  • If you can't find pre-made ground chicken, use your food processor to finely ground some chicken breasts. If you can, add some thigh meat as well for a more round flavor.

Form The Meatballs

  • Use a small cookie or ice cream scoop to evenly portion out the meatballs. Place one by one in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or if you have mini muffin pan, use that, it will help keep the shape better.
    To help with stickiness when rolling: lightly dampen hands with some oil.

Bake The Meatballs

  • Place in a 400-degree F oven and bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden browned. They usually have a lighter color than those made with red meat. You can turn the broil function for the last minute or two of baking for a more golden surface.
    Baking the meatballs is easier, healthier and mess free. But you can also fry them if you like.

Egg Free Chicken Meatballs Version

  • Keep everything the same, you just need to replace the egg with parmesan cheese and add some bread crumbs (or flour) in order to absorb the extra moisture. Add them at the end with the meat and mix by hand.
    For the grain free / gluten free version opt for a nut/ seed flour or arrowroot flour.

Notes

  1. For more flavor you can add some parmesan cheese to the original recipe and some chopped fresh herbs like parsley, basil, spinach or kale.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container. 
  3. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove. In a pot add a touch of water or stock and the meatballs, cover and let them steam inside at low temperature for 10-15 minutes. Or just pop them out of the freezer and place them on a backing sheet. Cover with foil and reheat at 170C /350F until heated through. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatballCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 1.55gProtein: 3.77gFat: 3.04gPotassium: 159mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.44gVitamin A: 446IUVitamin C: 1.4mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.34mg
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Soft chicken meatballs for baby made with ground chicken, soft avocado, carrot and other veggies, no bread or flour needed. These baby chicken meatballs are suitable for 6-7 month old babies and up, baby led weaning (BLW) as finger food, including toddlers and older kid’s school lunch box. Make egg free chicken meatball for babies without breadcrumbs or cheese. #babychickenmeatballs #babyledweaning #babyfingerfoods #chickenmeatballsforbabies #babychickenrecipe #6months #toddlerchickenmeatballs

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