Weaning recipe: Chicken meatballs

If your toddler enjoys feeding him or herself then try these moreish chicken meatballs, made with fresh veggies and chicken thighs. Serve with rice and broccoli for a satisfying dinner

PREP 15 mins
COOK 10 mins


  • calories 28
  • carbs 0.1
  • saturated fat 0.2
  • sugar 0.1
  • protein 5
  • fat 1
  • fibre 0.1
  • salt 0.1


½ celery stick, cut into small chunks
1 small carrot, cut into small chunks
500g boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
a few chives, snipped
oil, for greasing
boiled rice
steamed broccoli


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Blitz the celery, carrot, chicken and chives in a food processor until finely chopped. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  2. Shape into small meatballs. If freezing, space out on a tray and put in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and take them out when needed. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge before cooking.
  3. To cook, put on a baking tray lined with greased foil and bake for 10 mins or until browned and cooked through.
  4. Served with boiled rice and steamed broccoli.