How to Introduce Chicken to babies: Chicken & Vegetable mash for Babies

How to Introduce Chicken to babies : We have received many requests for sharing how to introduce chicken and fish to babies, so today I do just that. Our previous post on how to introduce eggs to baby has been super popular and we have been getting amazing feedback for it.

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You can introduce chicken to babies who are 9 months old and above. Chicken is a lean protein and is considered one of the healthier non-vegetarian meal options.

Nutritional benefits of introducing chicken to baby

Chicken is an excellent source of protein and provides complete protein. i.e. all nine among acids. Chicken is also a lean protein and is not too fatty as compared to red meat.

Chicken is also a good source of vitamin B3 and B6, phosphorus and selenium which is an antioxidant.

 

How to introduce Chicken to Babies

 

Points to keep in mind when introducing chicken to baby

  • Chicken is usually safe and does not cause allergies, but when you give it for the first time be on the lookout for adverse reactions.
  • If baby shows any reactions like rash or indigestion, stop it and retry after a few weeks.
  • Give only a small amount on day one and then gradually increase the quantity.
  • It is usually recommended that you give chicken around 9 months after baby has been introduced to other foods like vegetables, fruits and cereals. But you may find conflicting views on this.

 

Here we are sharing a few simple recipes using which you can introduce chicken in your baby diet.

 

Chicken & Vegetable Mash/ soup recipe to Introduce Chicken to babies

This is a a filling and wholesome soup or mash which you can give to babies who are 9 months and above. 

 

Ingredients

Half cup  – Boneless chicken pieces

1 tablespoon – chopped onion

1 tablespoon – chopped tomato

One cup chopped mixed vegetable of your choice ( potato, pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, peas etc.)

1 teaspoon oil / ghee

1 pinch cumin seed powder (jeera powder)

1 pinch coriander powder (dhaniya powder)

 

Recipe

In a pan, heat oil or ghee.

Add chopped onion and saute for a few seconds till it turns translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes and salute for a minute.

When tomatoes are a little soft, add pumpkin, carrots and other vegetables that you are using.

Saute for a minute and add chicken pieces.

Saute for couple of minutes to caramelise the hockey pieces.

Add cumin seeds powder and coriander powder 

Add 1 to 1.5 cups of water and bring to a boil.

 After it comes to a boil, turn the heat to simmer and let it cook for 20-25 minutes till everything is very well cooked.

Once it is cooked, you may either mash this with a wooden spoon or blend it in a mixer to a soup.

Tips:

If you feel there is not enough water to blend, you may add a little drinking water.

If you are making this soup for toddlers or older kids, then you may add a little salt and pepper too.

 

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets recipe

Easy Kid-friendly Chicken Wrap – Kid Snack Recipe

 

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