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Learn how to make iron-rich baby food with this easy recipe for Chicken Puree with three flavor combinations and easy storage tips. This works as a Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 baby food.

Chicken Puree for Baby

Incorporating iron-rich and protein-packed foods when you start offering baby solids can be a challenge, but this easy puree is a great option to have in the mix. It’s fast to make, stores easily, and can have a variety of flavors according to what you have on hand or prefer.

And you only need a few ingredients to make this baby food, so you don’t need to worry about spending a lot of money on ingredients you won’t be able to use up.

This chicken puree can be made super smooth and offered as a Stage 1 baby food, combined with other purees as a Stage 2 baby food, or pureed less smooth (or not at all) as a Stage 3 baby food.

You can even spread it onto toast or offer it on a preloaded spoon if you’re doing baby-led weaning.

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Ground chicken: This usually contains a mix of white and dark meat, so it’s a good source of iron.
  • Olive oil
  • Dried thyme, oregano, or cumin, optional: You can add a spice for more flavor.
  • Chicken broth: I use reduced-sodium chicken broth for flavor but less sodium. You can also use salt-free if you prefer.
  • Additional baby food puree, optional: Add flavor and nutrients by mixing it with Sweet Potato Puree, Butternut Squash Puree, Avocado Puree, or Carrot Puree.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this baby food recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full recipe.

  1. Warm the olive oil in a skillet and add the chicken. Break up with a spoon.
  2. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  3. Add the cooked chicken to a blender with the broth and optional additional baby food puree. Add the optional spice if using.
  4. Blend as smooth as you like, adding more or less liquid as desired.

TIP: You can use water, breastmilk, or formula in place of the chicken broth if you prefer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I give my 6-month-old chicken?

Yes, it just needs to be prepared in a way that is easy for baby to eat. This puree has all the nutrients in chicken but is low in sodium and is easy to offer as a Stage 1 baby food. And since iron stores in baby start to run out around the 6-month mark, offering iron-rich foods is important.

Can you puree chicken in a blender?

Yes, it is easy to puree in a blender if you add some liquid to help it easily move around the blade. Cook the chicken first, then puree it to avoid having raw meat in the blender.

What baby food combinations work well with chicken puree?

You can combine any veggie puree with chicken puree such as Carrot Puree, Pea Puree, Butternut Squash Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Broccoli Puree, or even Avocado Puree. You can use what sounds like a yummy combination to you and go from there.

Chicken Puree for Baby Led Weaning

You can serve large pieces of chicken using the baby-led weaning, or you can spread some of this puree onto a finger-size piece of toast. This is a good option since it’s so easy for baby to eat.

You can also put some of the puree onto a baby spoon and hand the spoon to baby so they can feed it to themselves. This is a great option for feeding baby, no matter which style of starting solids you’re doing.

How to Store

Let the puree cool, then divide into small storage containers and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Heat briefly before serving. Or you can freeze in an ice cube tray overnight, transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 6 months.

Thaw 1-2 cubes in a small container overnight in the fridge or for about an hour at room temperature.

(Find more on storing baby food.)

Best Tips for Success

  • Start with ground chicken for the easiest process of cooking this puree.
  • Use reduced-sodium or no-sodium chicken broth. You can also use water, breastmilk, or formula if you prefer.
  • Combine the chicken puree with Carrot Puree, Pea Puree, Butternut Squash Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Broccoli Puree, or even Avocado Puree. Try any other baby food combination you think sounds good.
  • Puree very smooth to serve as a Stage 1 baby food.
  • Puree less smooth to serve as a Stage 2 and 3 baby food. You can also break up the pieces of cooked chicken, stir with the optional additional baby food, and serve to baby as a finger food.
  • You may also like Baked Chicken Meatballs, Instant Pot Butter Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup for Kids, and Easy Baby Soup.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please rate and comment below!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 128kcal

Servings 4

  • ▢ 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ▢ 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, oregano, or cumin (choose one, optional)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (or no sodium)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup sweet potato puree (optional; or other baby food puree)
  • Add the olive oil to a medium pan over medium heat. When warm, add the chicken. Break up with a wooden spoon.

  • Sprinkle with desired spice, if using, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat into small pieces until fully cooked and no longer pink. Turn off the heat and let cool for a few minutes.

  • Transfer meat to a blender with the broth and sweet potato, if using. Blend well, starting on low and working up to high. Add more broth if needed to make a smooth puree.

  • Serve, or store in the fridge in ¼-cup portions or in the freezer for future use.

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  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze the puree in an ice cube tray overnight, then transfer frozen cubes to a storage bag, with as much air removed as possible, and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • If you’d like to cook the sweet potato with the chicken, peel and dice 1 small sweet potato finely. Add to the pan with the chicken and cook until soft. Proceed with the recipe.
  • Use reduced-sodium or no-sodium chicken broth. You can also use water, breastmilk, or formula if you prefer.
  • Combine the chicken puree with Carrot Puree, Pea Puree, Butternut Squash Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Broccoli Puree, or even Avocado Puree. Or try any other baby food combination you think sounds good.
  • Puree very smooth to serve as a Stage 1 baby food.
  • Puree less smooth to serve as a Stage 2 and 3 baby food. You can also break up the pieces of cooked chicken, stir with the optional additional baby food, and serve to baby as a finger food.
  • To serve this for baby-led weaning, form the raw ground meat into little oval meatballs and cook in the pan for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through. The shape should be easy for baby to hold and self-feed.

Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 383mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3363IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

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Basic Chicken Baby Food Recipe (6 months - Stage 1)

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This homemade Basic Chicken Baby Puree is a great addition to your baby’s favorite purees for extra protein and flavor! It’s an incredibly simple recipe with big flavor and nutrition! It’s perfect as a Stage One Baby Food or 6+ months.

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Chicken Baby Puree

Chicken 🍗 is full of essential vitamins, fat, and protein that your baby needs for their development. But pureed chicken for your baby? 🤔

I know, I know, I know. Pureed chicken for baby sounds… err.. gross. I get it! I was once thinking the same thing when I started my baby food journey because my only reference to a chicken puree for your baby was a self-stable store-bought chicken puree, which is 💯% not the best (trust me, I tasted them all).

And if I don’t want to eat it, I’m not going to serve it to my baby!

Baby food should be as good, if not better, than the food we eat.

But guys, without bias, this homemade chicken baby food puree is legit! It is gently cooked with chicken, earthy parsley, and a deep, rich broth. The key here is to cook the chicken just right — we do not want overcooked chicken. Then, we blend it up with a little extra broth, and you have yourself a creamy puree that tastes like a blended chicken noodle soup.

While some babies love this taste of a meat puree, others might find it a bit intense. That is totally okay. For starters, you can mix this chicken puree into any other fruit or veggie baby food you know your little one will love.

Is it your first time making homemade baby food? Then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on How to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Chicken Puree for Baby Video

Watch this video to see how easy this Chicken Puree recipe is to make!

Reasons to Love this Basic Chicken Puree
  • simple yet flavorful
  • packed with protein
  • great to add to any other fruit or veggie puree that baby loves
  • baby food for 4 months and up
  • stage 1 baby food
  • freezer-friendly
  • homemade


Make sure to read the recipe card below for the full list of ingredients and instructions!

  • Chicken: As random as it may seem, chicken is the star of the show in this puree. We are going to use an 8oz piece of boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe. You can also use chicken thighs, but the puree will have a slightly different taste due to the higher fat content found in chicken thighs compared to breasts. You can also easily scale up this recipe if you want more than 12 ounces of baby food.
  • Broth: To get that rich, deep chicken flavor, we will cook our chicken in chicken broth. I recommend using a low-sodium, sodium-free, or free-range chicken bone broth for this recipe. You can also use any of those variations above with a vegetable broth as well. If you don’t have any of those on hand, you can use water.
  • Parsley: We are adding dried parsley to give the puree a little more complex taste. This can easily be omitted if you prefer.

Organic Chicken: I highly recommend using organic chicken for this recipe, if possible. The organic chicken will be free of antibiotics, synthetic pesticides and will be fed a GMO-free diet. Pasture-raised is also recommended for more Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats).

Benefits of Chicken for Baby
  • High in protein for healthy muscle growth
  • Contains iron, which is necessary to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells
  • Contains vitamin B12 for healthy nerve and blood cells and making DNA, and choline that helps promote brain development

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring the cubed chicken, broth, and parsley to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Simmer: Turn the heat down to low and cover the saucepan. Simmer it for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Let it cool slightly.
  3. Puree: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a blender or food processor and puree until you reach your desired consistency, adding broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed.
  4. Eat: Serve to your baby plain or added into another puree.
  5. Freeze: Store a small portion in the fridge and freeze the rest for another meal.

Kitchen Tools
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Storage Containers for Fridge
  • Freezer Tray
  • Stasher Bag
  • highchair
  • suction bowl or baby bowl
  • Bamboo Baby Spoon
  • bib with catch pocket
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How to Store Chicken Puree

You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


This puree can be frozen for up to 2 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container). Do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label with the date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stager bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there 😉

Frequently Asked Questions

When can baby eat chicken puree?

Baby can eat chicken as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready for purees.

Can chicken be baby’s first food?

Chicken can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise, foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.

Is chicken a common allergen for baby?

No, chicken is not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.

Does chicken cause constipation for babies?

No, chicken is not known to cause constipation in babies, however, it won’t really help with constipation either since it lacks fiber.

Can you freeze and then thaw the cooked chicken?

Yes, you can freeze and then thaw this chicken puree to serve to your baby. I would recommend you use fresh (not previously frozen) chicken and that you gently reheat it as to not make it too tough of a texture for your baby.

Great Chicken Combination Purees

While this chicken baby food is great by itself, it can be a little intense for some babies. I recommend mixing it into one of your babe’s favorite purees as an introduction to the rich taste of chicken. Here are some great purees to mix with the chicken puree:

  • Apples
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pear
  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
  • Pea
  • Mango


  • Use a Slotted Spoon: When transferring the chicken from the saucepan to the blender, make sure to use a slotted spoon so you don’t add too much broth into the puree from the start. You only want to add broth if needed while blending. I had to add a 1/4 cup of broth to the blender while I was pureeing this chicken.
  • Reheat Gently: If you are freezing some of this chicken puree, reheat it in 20-second intervals. You don’t want to recook the chicken.

Puree Feeding Tips

  • Trial adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
  • Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon feeding, so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.
  • Have a spare spoon (or three!) – even very young babies often want to be involved in feeding themselves as much as possible. Giving baby an extra spoon to hold can be helpful in giving her a sense of control and also promotes hand-eye coordination.Allow baby to use spoons as a teether during the meal. There are many great options out there but a few we particularly love include the Olababy 3 Piece Set, the NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils, and the ChooMee FlexiDip Baby Starter Spoons.

Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

  • 1 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed
  • 2 cups chicken or veggie stock, low-sodium or sodium-free
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (optional)
  • Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring the cubed chicken, broth and parsley to a boil over medium heat.

  • Simmer: Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Let cool slightly.

  • Transfer: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a blender or food processor, leaving the broth in the saucepan. Reserve the broth

  • Puree: starting on low and working your way up to high-speed, puree the chicken until you reach your desired consistency, adding in broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in just 1/4 cup of broth to get the consistency seen in this photo.

  • Eat: serve to baby plain or added into another puree. 

  • Freeze: store a small portion in the fridge and freeze the rest for another meal. 

Extra Healthy Fat : For some extra healthy fat, this puree is also wonderful with a teaspoon of grass-fed butter (salt free) added to the blender right before pureeing.

Age: 4 months and up

Yield: roughly 12 ounces 

Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 2 months (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers).

Favorite Kitchen Tools: Get a list of my favorite kitchen tools to make the best baby food here!



Freezer Tray

Bumkins Baby Bowl

Grabease Utensil


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Children's Meatballs Chicken recipe

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Healthy and tasty chicken meatballs will diversify your baby's diet

This is the same village chicken that both children and their parents missed so much.

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Main course

500 gr. chicken fillet "Kudashka"
1 pc. chicken egg medium
½ pc. onion
1½ st. l. wheat flour
1 gr. table salt

For garnish

100 g rice
3 g salt
bundle greenery

Why chicken meatballs are good

They saturate the child well and do not overload his digestive tract. Chicken meat is well absorbed by the body, which very quickly converts food into energy necessary for growth and life.

What you need in order to prepare the dish

Chicken fillet produced by ATP "Kudashka" is best suited for the dish, which is guaranteed to be free of antibiotics and GMOs, and it will always be fresh. Eggs are best bought at the farmers' market.

How to cook meatballs step by step quickly and easily

Preparing the dish is quite simple. Following a sequence of simple steps will allow you to prepare this tasty and healthy dish for your baby without fuss.

Step 1

Remove the Kudashka chicken fillet from the package, rinse it thoroughly under running water, cut into medium-sized pieces. Turn through a meat grinder with small cells, getting a homogeneous minced chicken. Peel the onion, wash, cut into small pieces.

Step 2

Mix the minced chicken, chopped onion and egg until smooth. Add flour little by little until it reaches the desired consistency. Salt the resulting mass to taste.

Step 3

Form meatballs into small balls weighing about 50g. So that the hands do not stick to the minced meat, we constantly moisten them with water.

Step 4

Pour water into a saucepan, put it on the fire and when it boils, carefully place our meatballs there and cook them until tender. Cooking time will be approximately 20 minutes. up to half an hour. We take the meatballs out of the pan and serve after they have cooled down enough, with a side dish of vegetables, cereals or potatoes.

Meatballs for children made of chicken is a wonderful and simple dish

This easy-to-prepare dish will not cause trouble for the most unprepared housewife, if she has at least two hands. In total, it will take a total of about an hour to cook from unpacking the “Kudashka” fillet to serving it on the table.

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Poultry can be cooked on the stove, in a slow cooker and pressure cooker.



How to choose chicken thighs

When buying a chilled product, pay attention to its appearance. Quality chicken thighs are pale pink. They are elastic, dense and even. If you press lightly with your finger, the shape is quickly restored. On the surface there is no mucus, traces of weathering and mechanical damage, spots and bruises. The smell is natural, without extraneous unpleasant notes.

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In a package with good frozen thighs, the ice is transparent, and there is very little of it. The product itself is natural in color and without visible damage.

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How to cook chicken thighs

Frozen meat a few hours before boiling, transfer from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment.

Rinse both chilled and thawed chicken thighs under running water before cooking. If you want to get a leaner dish, remove the skin.

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Cooking time for chicken thighs

The cooking time depends on the method. On average, it will take 25-40 minutes to boil chicken thighs. It is also worth considering that chicken meat will cook faster than an adult bird.

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To test doneness, remove the thigh and pierce with a knife or fork. The tip should easily enter, and the juice that stands out should be light and almost transparent. Leave the finished meat in the broth for at least 10 minutes, so it will turn out juicier.

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How to cook chicken thighs in a saucepan

Boil water in a saucepan. Place your thighs carefully, making sure they are completely covered. After boiling again, salt and pepper to taste, if desired, add other spices and a whole onion with carrots. Cook over low heat and skim off the foam that forms on the surface.

Chicken thighs will take approximately 25-30 minutes to cook.

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