HOW TO COOK CHICKEN FOR BABIES (WITH RECIPES)

Chicken can be offered to babies as soon as they’re ready to start solids, usually around 6 months. It’s important to remember that your baby is unique and that rather than going by the calendar, you need to make sure your baby is DEVELOPMENTALLY ready.

WHEN CAN BABIES EAT CHICKEN?

Here are the four best cooking methods for babies, including the cooking times. I am specifically showing you how to cook chicken breast, as it is the most difficult cut to cook properly. Say no more to dry, tough meat.

TOP COOKING METHODS

In a pot, place the chicken breasts in a single layer. Cover with water or broth. Add some herbs or a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then quickly reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure the thickest part of the meat reads 165°F.

POACH

This method is my personal favorite! Add chicken to a baking dish, toss with seasoning(s) of choice, COVER, and roast at 425°F  until juices run clear

ROAST (WITH A TWIST!)

Add the chicken breasts and the marinade to a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and massage to coat the chicken. Place the bag on a baking sheet so that the chicken sits flat in a single layer in the bag. Refrigerate for 1-6 hours.

MARINATE WITH  GREEK YOGURT

INSTANT POT OR PRESSURE COOKER

Add water to the IP, insert trivet, and add chicken. Cook on high pressure for 8-10 minutes. Once it beeps, wait 5 minutes then release pressure.

6 - 8 MONTHS OLD BABY

Chicken puree - Cook chicken and blend with broth, water, or breastmilk. Serve on its own or mixed with veggies.  Finely chopped/minced - If you are anxious about serving a large piece, then go really small.

8-12 MONTHS OLD BABY

Once your baby is able to tear or break off a large chunk of meat, it is no longer safe. Go smaller by serving thinner strips.

12+ MONTHS OLD BABY

At this age, you can cut into bite-sized pieces, making sure they are not cubed. Also, encourage the use of utensils by providing them with plenty of opportunities to practice.

What part of chicken is good for babies? Both dark and white meat are excellent! Dark meat does have a higher fat content, though, which helps keep the meat juicy and tender. But by following the cooking instructions I shared previously, chicken breast can also provide a great flavor and texture experience for your baby.

FAQ

Is chicken safe for babies? First, I want to reassure you that babies do NOT need teeth to eat meat or any other finger food for that matter. You’ll be amazed by how strong and capable their gums are! Will your baby gag? Most likely, just like with any food, even purées! And this is actually a good thing! However, you need to make sure chicken is cooked properly and served in an age-appropriate way.

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