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Monday, August 29, 2011

recipe: Chicken and Apple Balls

From the book, The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel, this recipe for Chicken and Apple Balls sounds surprisingly yummy. It is, afterall, food for a toddler. I'll have to try it out on my son soon.

Makes 20 chicken balls

2 tsp light olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
2 chicken breast fillets (about 1/2 lb), cut into chunks
1/2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbls thyme or sage, chopped or a pinch mixed dried herbs
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
all purpose flour for coating
vegetable oil for frying

Heat the olive oil in the pan and saute half the onion for about 3 minutes. Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple. Mix the apple with the chicken, cooked and remaining raw onion, herbs, bouillon cube, and breadcrumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds. Season with a little salt and pepper.

With your hands, form into about 20 little balls, roll in flour, and fry in shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through. Cool slightly before serving.

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