Fruity chicken balls are a great finger food for kids of all ages. Great for baby-led weaning (BLW), for toddlers or in a kids lunch box. I often serve these as part of the main meal or with a small salad at lunchtime.

Usually, I cut up some fruit and vegetables to make fun little kebab sticks with them. I’m not sure why, but kids generally find food instantly more appealing when it is on a stick!


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 carrot , peeled and grated
  • 40g (3/4 cup) Fresh Breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Milk (optional)
  • 1 Small pear , peeled and grated
  • 1 Apple , peeled and grated
  • 500 g Chicken mince
  • 2 tsp Fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • Oil for frying


  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and carrot, over a low heat, until soft. (For around 5 mins)
  • Add the milk to the breadcrumbs and allow to sit for 5 mins.
  • Place the apple and pear onto a clean dishcloth and squeeze as much juice as you can out of them. (save the juice for smoothies etc)
  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Form around 25 balls with your hands. Shallow fry for around five minutes, until golden on both sides.


Breadcrumb and Milk mixture

  • I add the soaked breadcrumbs to the mixture to produce a lighter, more tender ball. If you have a dairy/gluten allergy then you can miss this out but the ball will be tougher.