Chicken and Apple Balls Recipe by Annabel Karmel

Chicken and Apple Balls Recipe by Annabel Karmel

by Annabel Karmel |

Preparation Time

15 minutes


  • 250g chicken breast, cut into chunks

  • 250g boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme or sage, chopped, or a pinch of mixed dried herbs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 low-salt chicken stock cube, crumbled (for babies over 1 year)

  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (for babies over 1 year)

  • Plain flour for coating

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  1. Put the chicken in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

  2. Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.

  3. 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.

  4. Season with a little salt and pepper (if using).

  5. 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.

Suitable from 9+ months

Makes 20 balls

Suitable for home freezing

Recipe taken from the 25th Anniversary Edition of Annabel’s New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner (Ebury, £14.99). Filled with timeless classics and brand new recipes, visit for more information.

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