Chicken apple potato puree

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Cooked chicken breast, sliced and fanned on a white plate.
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This healthy puree is a perfect recipe for babies starting solid foods. Low in sugar, salt and fat it contains sweet apples which are palatable for your baby but also important micronutrients like protein, iron and zinc.

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Difficulty rating: Easy

Age Recommendation: As a puree, this is suitable for babies aged 6-7 months. Left as soft lumps, this recipe is suitable for babies 8 months and older.

Ingredients

Makes 11 serves

  • 1 large chicken breast (250 g)
  • 4 medium potatoes (400 g)
  • 4 large sweet apples (500 g)
  • 2 cups water

Method

  1. Wash, peel, core, and dice apples.
  2. Wash, peel, and dice potatoes.
  3. Place apples and potatoes in a wok (for even heat distribution) or a large pan and cook with the water on high for 15 minutes. Cover with a lid and stir a couple of times as it cooks. The apple will turn a deeper yellow and smell fragrant when done and the potato will become softer.
  4. Remove skin and trim any fat from the chicken breast and dice into small chunks.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for a further 15 minutes on medium until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and process in a food processor or with a wand until smooth.

Tips

  • This recipe is based on the flavours of a traditional Belgian dish where roast chicken is served with apple sauce and mashed potatoes. The apple can also be replaced with pear. The sweetness of this dish makes it a palatable way for baby to enjoy consuming protein.
  • This is a great recipe to introduce from six months of age when your baby’s zinc and iron requirements increase. As babies take time to get used to foods and you may need to get your baby used to eating single solid foods first (e.g. just potatoes or just apples) so that their taste buds can adjust to the combination in this recipe.
  • Adjust the amount of water you add to this recipe depending on your baby’s age and experience eating solid foods. Babies who are just starting solids will be better able to eat thinner, semi-liquid purees, while those who have been consuming solids for a while will better develop their jaw muscles for eating with a thicker puree.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per 115 gram serve:

Energy 290.45 kJ / 69.42 cal
Protein 6.04 g
Total fat 0.40 g
Saturated fat 0.11 g
Carbohydrates 9.52 g
Total sugars 5.19 g
Fibre 1.48 g
Sodium 13.41 mg
Cholesterol 13.41 mg
Potassium 277.55 mg
Calcium 6.0 mg
Iron 0.30 mg
Zinc 0.33 mg

 

References

  1. Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. Australian Nutrient Reference Database. 2007. (cited 16 January 2012). Available from: URL Link
  2. Queensland Health. Introduction to Solids. 2008. (cited 1 October 2012). Available from: URL Link
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Date Created: March 7, 2012 Date Modified: February 5, 2016