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Chicken Balls with Pesto in a Tomato Sauce

These mini chicken balls are perfect for tiny hands. They’re tasty & packed with protein for growing babies & toddlers.

Nut Free
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
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Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Makes: 30 Chicken Balls
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Great for:  9-12 Months 12-18 Months 18 Months-2 Years Kids - 2-4 Years Kids 4+ Years
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Suitable for Freezing
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350 g chicken thighs
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
100 g white breadcrumbs
2 tbsp pesto sauce
50 g parmesan, grated
1 egg yolk

Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp sundried tomato paste
1 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp basil, chopped

To make the meatballs . Chop the thighs,  then put in a food processor. Whiz until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and whiz until combined. Season for babies over one year. Shape into 30 balls.

Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Fry until golden brown and cooked through (about 8 minutes).

To make the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes , sundried tomato paste and ketchup. Bring up to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the basil, then whiz using a hand blender until smooth. Season for babies over one year.

You can serve the meatballs on their own as Finger Food and the sauce separately or mix with the sauce.

Remove wooden sticks before serving to children

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