New parents always want their babies to grow healthier, stronger, and away from sickness. To achieve that, you should provide more nutrition to your baby.
Indeed, milk powder is not enough. Extra food like all kinds of puree is needed. Of various fruits, vegetables, and meat purees, chicken puree is such a good option for all stages.
Basic Chicken Puree Is Perfect For Babies
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, chicken is one of the best food that all babies can handle when they are ready for solid food.
Chicken has less fat than most other meat, but is very nutritional. The vital protein that helps your baby grow muscles, vitamins B3, B6, B12, zinc, choline and selenium, and iron are all included.
Parents, what are you waiting for? Make some chicken puree at home and help your baby get stronger!
Prepare the Ingredients for This Chicken Puree
There’s no standard for the chicken you use. Just go to any market or butcher to get some chicken. Still, it would be great if you have both white and dark meat chicken.
Quick FYI: What are white and dark meat chicken
On animal muscles, there’re two kinds of fibers – red and white muscle fibers. These two fibers make up different muscles.
White meat chicken:
Usually found in chicken breast and wings. 90% of the meat there is made from white fibers – that contain fewer capillaries for less blood flow and oxygen.
Dark meat chicken:
While white meat is drier, has less fat and less flavor, dark meat chicken is juicier, fatter, and tastier. Drumsticks and chicken thighs are the dark meat that everybody loves. They contain 90% and even more red fibers to hold more capillaries. This can help chickens to have more blood flow, oxygen, and energy in their legs as they need to stand and run all day.
We can find more iron, zinc, riboflavin, and niacin in dark meat, though it’s slightly fatter. We can balance the fat by adding half white meat with less fat.
You can prepare 4 ounces of chicken breast and 4 ounces of chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, and finely chopped.
To blend the chicken and make the puree flavorful, we will add some chicken broth. It’s very easy to make broth at home.
You may cook your chicken for around 20 minutes, remove the chicken and you have a whole pot of homemade chicken broth.
Also, you can buy precooked chicken broth on the market. When you put a broth into your cart, check the ingredient list.
You should buy something that is low sodium (5% and lower) or even sodium-free. Your baby is just several months old and the kidney is not fully developed to process too much sodium – the main content of salt.
PASS all the products that don’t list the exact percentage of sodium.
Also, it should be gluten-free just in case your baby has a gluten allergy and you don’t know that.
We would add some other ingredients to make this puree acceptable to your baby. We need to make sure it’s tasty, right?
The first choice is to add spice, like parsley and cinnamon. Also, onion seems to be a good option too.
You may also add some sweet vegetables like chopped carrots and sweet potatoes. Blend them with chicken, the puree is going to be more nutritional, sweeter, and tastier!
Start to Make Chicken Boil Puree for Baby
Heat the pan and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the chopped chicken and stir it for a while.
When the pleasant smell of chicken starts to come out, add carrots, sweet potatoes, or the spice you prepare.
Stir for another minute, then, add some water to boil them. Bobbles pop out, it’s boiling now. Skim off the scum from the surface of the broth till there’s none.
Cover the pot and simmer for around 15 minutes to make sure everything is perfectly cooked and can be easily blended by a food processor.
15 minutes up! Lift the lid and scoop out a piece of carrot or sweet potato. See if you can smash it with another spoon.
If yes, turn off the heat and remove the chicken and vegetables. Let them cool down a little bit. Otherwise, continue to simmer them for a couple more minutes.
Put all the ingredients in the cup of a food processor or blender. Add several tablespoons of the cooking stock depending on the consistency you want.
For Stage 1, you may add more stock. 4 or 5 spoons.
When your baby is in Stage 2 or 3, you can make the puree thicker – 3 spoons of the stock will do.
Blend them. Stop when everything is fully smashed and mixed. If you think it’s too thick, add some stock and blend it for a few more seconds.
Store the Chicken Puree Properly
Remove the puree into an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for 2 days.
Each time, when you need to feed your kid some chicken puree, use a clean spoon to scoop out a little. Make sure the spoon is clean, and no saliva is left. Otherwise, the puree will be polluted even if it’s at a low temperature.
Steam or microwave the puree. Cool it down to body temperature and then feed it to your baby!