Introducing baby to animal protein can be daunting, so here’s a basic recipe for making chicken for an infant. While many people steam chicken for baby food, steamed meat doesn’t appeal to me so I like to cook the chicken in a skillet. This recipe is simple, takes very little time and can be made in a large batch and frozen. Note: if you plan to freeze some of the chicken be sure to use fresh (not frozen) chicken.
For some added flavor, I like to add a little spice to the chicken. Cumin, coriander and cinnamon are all warm and flavorful spices, yet mild enough for baby. Oregano, dill, black pepper or thyme would also go well with chicken. Once cooked, mix the chicken into sweet potatoes or any other purée that your baby enjoys (carrots, potato and broccoli, parsnips, etc).
Baby’s First Chicken
1 chicken breast (use organic or hormone-free)
Pinch of each: cumin, coriander and cinnamon (optional)
Nonstick or cast iron skillet
Food processor (such as Cuisinart mini prep)
Cut 1 chicken breast into 1″ chunks. Heat skillet over medium- low heat. Place chicken in pan, flipping pieces after 5-7 minutes, or until the under side is white and slightly golden brown. Cook on other side until chicken is white in the center and the juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a fork.
Cool slightly, then transfer to food processor. Purée until chicken looks like the pieces are about the size of a small grain, like quinoa.