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.
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.
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)
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.
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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