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Baby Food Recipe: First Chicken Dish

by Krisha on March 29, 2012

The triplets had their first chicken dish tonight, and I thought I'd share the recipe. It is simple, well-balanced, relatively easy to prepare, and they all three seemed to really like it. A success!

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Before having this "meal," I began introducing one food at a time when they were around seven months old (they were a little later than most babies since they were born at 29.5 weeks; most babies begin eating solids at 4-6 months). I introduced the following foods in order:

  • Rice cereal (I like to use Earth's Best organic baby cereals, but also use Gerber or Beech Nut, depending on where I'm shopping)
  • Pears
  • Oatmeal
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green peas
  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Multi-grain cereal
  • Delicata squash
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Acorn sqush
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Zucchini
  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Yogurt (I use Stoneyfield Farms YoBaby)
  • Summer squash

For the most part, I make their food. With just about all of the fruits and veggies above, you can peel it, cut it into pieces, steam it until soft, and puree it. (Things like bananas and ripe pears don't require cooking.)

I use an All-Clad Steamer Set. You can also just put a little water right in the pot with the fruit or vegetables, but I think that less nutrients are leeched away when you keep the water separate fromt he food. And I use the Baby Bullet to puree, which is great. In the past I used a food processor, and I have friends who have a lot of success with immersion blenders.

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For the chicken recipe, peel and cut up 2 apples, and then steam them for about 10 minutes, until they cut easily with a spoon. Puree them until they reach the texture your baby likes.

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Then boil a chicken breast for about 30 minutes until done, remove it to a cutting board, and chop it into chunks. Puree it until it looks like this:

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Meanwhile, cook your sweet potato. You can steam or bake them. Last night, I used one that was pre-wrapped in microwaveable plastic, and it took only 5-7 minutes to cook in the microwave. I got these sweet potatoes because they were the only ones I could find on Peapod. I generally like to bake them at 350F for about 45 minutes (until their peel looks shriveled so it will easily peel off). It makes the house smell great! Once it is cooked, mash the sweet potato with a fork to desired consistency.

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Finally, simply mix all of the ingredients up.

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Yum, right? Yeah, this mixture doesn't look very appetizing--a little too much like the goo they use to make chicken McNuggets. But I tried it, and it tastes good!

This made about eight 2-ounce servings. I served the babies three of them and stored the rest in the freezer. The freezer containers I use get the job done. I got them on a big sale for super cheap at Toys 'R' Us, and I got a ton of them. I try to cook their food during the week and freeze excess so I can take the weekends off of steaming and pureeing. My main complaint about these containers is that their lids are a little bit hard to secure, and they sometimes pop up in the freezer. Otherwise, I like their 2-ounce size, and they are very handy for storing baby food in the freezer or refrigerator (the trays don't take up a lot of space and stack on top of each other).

The babies gave this recipe three thumbs up!

Comments:

Posted by Emily on
Can't wait to try this recipe with the twins I nanny for! The list of other foods that you tried is so helpful - so many more options than the limited flavors of store bought.

Triplets - I don't know how you do it! ;-) Thanks for the tips.
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