How to make turkey baby food

Chicken and Turkey Baby Food Recipes

Learn About Chicken and Turkey for Baby Food & Make Some Tasty Recipes

When can I introduce Chicken or Turkey to my baby?

As mentioned above, most pediatricians in the United States recommend that chicken and turkey, and other meats and proteins be introduced to a baby when he is between 8-10 months of age. This recommendation is changing however. In many European countries and the UK and Canada, national health services and many pediatricians recommend meats as one of baby’s first foods due to the level of heme iron in meats. The premise is that offering your baby’s meats earlier rather than later helps him maintain proper levels of iron and ensures adequate levels of zinc and protein too.

The Goodness of Chicken & Turkey for Baby Food

Chicken is high in protein and iron. It is one of the most easily digested of the meats you will feed to your baby. Chicken is most often recommended to be baby’s first meat. Turkey, like Chicken, is high in protein and iron. Turkey also makes a great first meat for baby.

Turkey (200 grams – a bit over 1 cup roasted leg meat) Protein – 55.74 mg


Vitamin A – 0 mg

Vitamin C – 0

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .12 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .48 mg

Niacin – 7.1 mg

Folate – 18 mcg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.


Potassium – 560 mg

Phosphorus – 398 mg

Magnesium – 46 mg

Calcium – 64 mg

Sodium – 154 mg

Iron – 4.6 mg

Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.

Chicken (200 grams – a bit over 1 cup roasted leg meat) Protein – 54.06 mg


Vitamin A – 126 mg

Vitamin C – 0

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – . 15 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .46 mg

Niacin – 12.63 mg

Folate – 16 mcg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.


Potassium – 484 mg

Phosphorus – 366 mg

Magnesium – 38 mg

Calcium – 24 mg

Sodium – 182 mg

Iron – 2.62 mg

Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.

 Chicken and Turkey are amazing sources of protein. If you’re looking for lots of Iron, use the dark meat.

How to select and store Chicken and Turkey for baby food

The light meat of both turkey and chicken, such as the breast, is considered higher in protein and

lower in fat. The darker meat of chicken and turkey, such as thighs and legs, is higher in iron and higher in fat. It might be a good idea to offer your baby the darker meat of either turkey or chicken. The fat content makes this meat easy to puree into a relatively smooth texture; the higher iron makes this portion of the turkey and chicken an excellent choice.

The best way to cook Turkey and Chicken for Baby Food

A yummy way to make chicken and turkey is to boil pieces in a scant amount of water with added veggies and a dash of spice such as basil or garlic powder. I always recommend cooking any food by baking it. Baking helps retain the most nutrients with steaming being another method to retain nutrients.

Using a crock pot to cook and stew meats is another great way to cook turkey or chicken. Keep in mind that nutrients will leach into the liquid that you add to the crock pot so try to make use of the liquid by adding it back into baby’s food whenever possible.

If your baby is not used to the taste of chicken or turkey, using the juice/liquid from the crock pot may make the flavor too strong. Strain the liquid if need be and use water to make a turkey or chicken puree instead.


Step 1: To poach chicken, it is easiest to first cut the chicken into dices – use boneless chicken.

Step 2: Add water or broth to a sauce pan – enough to cover the meat.

Step 3: Bring the contents of the saucepan to a boil and then turn heat down to simmer.

Step 4: Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes. Meat will turn white and juices will run clear.


Step 1: To bake chicken, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil

Step 3: Add chicken to baking sheet, lightly season if desired and if your baby has had spices – no salt!

Sometimes I rub the chicken with a bit of olive oil and then season it – mostly if I am cooking skinless breasts.

Step 4: Place baking sheet in the oven and bake until the juices run clear – baking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken portions you are cooking.

A general rule is that you should cook meat for 20 minutes per pound.

Chicken breasts may bake in 25 minutes while legs or thighs may take a shorter time.


Chicken Pieces – You may braise the chicken prior to adding it to the crockpot if you wish. This is not really necessary and if you are pressed for time, you may just skip it.

Step 1: Add chicken to the crockpot and cover in liquid – broth, water or a combination of the two. Using a bit of apple juice is nice as well.

Step 2: Turn crockpot to low and simmer for 4-6 hours.

Whole Chicken – Wash the chicken with cool water then transfer the chicken to your crockpot. If you like, stuff the chicken with a halved lemon or orange.

Step 1: Set crockpot on low and simmer for 8 hour or longer. Be sure to check the chicken and look for the juices to run clear.


Turkey and Chicken Baby Food Recipes

Chicken and Turkey Baby Food Purée (Basic)


  • 1 cup cold and cooked boneless turkey or chicken – chopped into no bigger than 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 c cooking juice or plain water


Step 1: Place turkey or chicken chunks in blender or food processor and puree until a powdery mix is formed. Slowly add water and puree further until a smooth consistency is created.

Step 2: Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby. You may add veggies or fruits to this puree as you like.

Apples & Chicken/Turkey


  • 1/3 cup chopped & cooked boneless chicken/turkey*
  • 1/4 cup cooked apple (no skin or seeds), very soft You can also use a 1/4 cup of Natural applesauce


Step 1: Puree chicken/turkey with cooked apple in a food processor or blender until desired consistency for baby is achieved.


Simmering Sweet Apples & Chicken or Turkey


  • 1 chicken breast or 1 turkey breast filet – uncooked and diced
  • 1 or 2 medium sized apples (try Macintosh), peeled, cord and diced
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 2 cup water or chicken or vegetable stock


Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pot

Step 2: Bring to a slow boil and then turn the heat down.

Step 3: Simmer until the meat pieces are cooked; approximately 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the liquid level when simmering.

Step 4: When meat is fully cooked and the apples are mushy, remove contents to a bowl and allow to cool. Puree, mash or chop for your baby.


Add 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice before cooking

Add 1/4 uncooked cous cous or quinoa before cooking


Brown Rice Chicken or Turkey & Peach Stew


  • 1/2 c cooked boneless turkey or chicken – chopped
  • 1/4 c cooked brown rice
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted, peeled and steamed or baked
  • 1 tb peach juice (white grape or apple juice may be used or juice may be left out)
  • 1 tb milk and 2 ts wheat germ


Step 1: Mix all ingredients together, transfer to blender/food processor and puree or chop to make textured for older babies.


Cook chicken/turkey pieces and peach together in a pot with a scant amount of water – simmer until chicken/turkey pieces are cooked; approximately 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level when using small amounts of water and simmering. Add the rice to the cooked turkey/chicken and peach and then process as needed for your baby’s texture preference.

Substitute the peach for mango, papaya or apricots or combine them all.

 Cheesy Turkey/Chicken Sweet Potato Mash with Carrots


  • 1/2 cup cooked diced chicken or turkey
  • 2 medium sweet potato
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar or colby cheese


Step 1: Peel and dice the sweet potato and carrots

Step 2: Boil or steam the potato and carrots until tender. You may also bake the carrots & sweet potato together for a more yummy taste.

Step 3: Mash the sweet potato and carrots and then add the cheese; mash some more.

Step 4: Add the chicken or turkey and then chop, mash or puree as needed for your baby.

Turkey/Chicken Cheesy Pasta


  • 1/2 cup cooked diced chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup pasta – ditalini or pastina; slightly cooled
  • dash of pepper, garlic powder and basil
  • 1/4 cup steamed broccoli


Step 1: Mix all ingredients together and serve – serve as is for those accustomed to lumps & textures or chop down or puree if needed.


Add some carrots or sweet potato cubes for more color and fun.


Some Foods Good to Mix With Chicken and Turkey

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Sweet Potato
  • White Potato
  • Winter and Summer Squash
  • Barley
  • Lentils
  • Millet
  • Pasta
  • Rice

 Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.


Baby Food Cubes May Be Safely Kept in the Freezer for 3 Months. It is preferable, but not an absolute must, to use the cubes within 1 month however.

Meats are more unstable when frozen so it is best to use Meat Purées as soon as possible.

Meats are now being recommended as a first food (but not THE first food) due to the bio-available levels of heme iron, zinc and protein.


Turkey Baby Food Recipe - Family Focus Blog

Today, I am excited to bring you a turkey casserole homemade baby food recipe for 6 months and up from Marni of Love and Duck Fat.  As a new stay-at-home mom with a baby boy she decided to channel her creativity and started her food blog,  The recipes you find there are delicious, made-from-scratch meals and desserts.  I like that she uses a some flavorful ingredients in her baby food.   Who says baby food should be bland?  With small amounts of herbs, she expands the baby pallet and prepares it for more that just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!  Without further ado, I turn the stage over to Marni and her excellent recipe for turkey baby food.

Turkey Baby Food For 6 Months And Up

Your baby will love the rich, comfort-food flavors in this baby food turkey casserole recipe (mine does!). Inspired by delicious home-cooked meals, this healthier turkey casserole recipe is the perfect food for baby. Full of fresh vegetables, potatoes, turkey and creamy yogurt, it tastes just as good as an adult version without the added salt and fats. Store leftovers in an airtight container. It freezes well too, so you can make a big batch to freeze some for later.

I like to freeze leftover baby food recipes in ice cube trays so you can pull out small servings nice and easy. Just be sure to cover them with plastic wrap or foil to keep them fresh in your freezer.

Stage 2 and Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes

Stage 2 baby food recipes are generally appropriate for 6 months and up. These thicker baby food purees are a smooth consistency and usually have a combination of several ingredients and may include grains or proteins in addition to fruits or vegetables.

Stage 3 baby food recipes are generally appropriate for 9 months and up. The difference between the two baby food recipes is the Stage 3 baby food usually have soft chunks of food in the puree for babies that are beginning to chew before swallowing.

This solid foods recipe is appropriate for babies six months old and up, with some adjustments. Puree the mixture until very smooth for younger babies, adding extra chicken broth if necessary. Omit the sprinkle of cheese if your baby does not eat dairy yet. As is, this pureed baby food recipe is like a Stage 2 baby food and should have a smooth texture.  For older babies, you can finely chop the ingredients before cooking, and then mash them together with a potato masher for more of a Stage 3 baby food.

Turkey And Vegetables Baby Food Ingredients:

Use these turkey baby food combinations with organic ingredients, if possible.

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup peas (frozen)
  • 1 cup potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey broth
  • pinch powdered sage, thyme or rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • sprinkle Parmesan cheese (optional)

How To Make Turkey Puree Baby Food:

It is easy to make this homemade turkey puree baby food for ages 6 months of age and up.

The cooked turkey meat for this recipe can come from an oven roasted turkey, as in Thanksgiving leftovers. Dark meat or white meat or a combination are fine. Just be absolutely sure there are no bones as of course those would be a common choking hazard.

Alternatively, you can use a boiled turkey breast. Or even ground turkey cooked in the skillet. Any way you like really. If you don’t have access to turkey, try rotisserie chicken instead. It is another lean protein with similar flavor profile.

Also, you may substitute sweet potatoes in place of potatoes if you like.

Turkey Veggie Casserole Baby Food Recipe Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the carrot, peas, potato, turkey, broth and herbs. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool.

To make turkey puree for baby, add the cooled mixture and yogurt to a food processor. Blend until you have a smooth puree, adding more broth if necessary.

Serve the turkey casserole baby food as-is.

Or top the turkey puree baby food recipe with Parmesan cheese and roast in a 350° F oven for 15 minutes. Then allow to cool and serve.

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Turkey Baby Food Recipe

December 6, 2013

by Scarlet Paolicchi

Turkey and veggie baby food recipe for babies 6 months and up.



Serving Size

1/3 cup

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup peas (frozen)
  • 1 cup potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey broth
  • pinch powdered sage, thyme or rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • sprinkle Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the carrot, peas, potato, turkey, broth and herbs. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool.
  2. To puree, add the cooled mixture and yogurt to a food processor and blend until smooth, adding more broth if necessary to reach desired consistency.
Amount Per Serving:

1/3 cup

Calories 58.29 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.32 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0. 33 g 1.7%
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 9.1 mg 3%
Sodium 58.88 mg 2.5%
Total Carbohydrate 7.71 g 2.6%
Dietary Fiber 1. 22 g 4.9%
Sugars 2.89 g
Protein 3.98 g
Vitamin A 13.71 % Vitamin C 8.43 %
Calcium 1.55 % Iron 2.46 %

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Turkey for baby is a great choice for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, it also a healthy choice for baby’s diet year round. Turkey is a high protein low fat meat that is easy to cook and tastes great.

I hope you enjoy this turkey baby food recipe from Marni of Love and Duck Fat Blog- you can find more of her recipes on Do you enjoy fixing your own baby food recipes? It is fun to watch baby try new foods and get to eat with the whole family! Share a pic of your little eating homemade baby food @familyfocusblog on social media!

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Turkey puree is ideal for 8-10 month old baby. Moreover, one-component meat puree is a cheap way to make healthy food for your baby varied and interesting! nine0003

Mashed turkey is usually offered to the baby as a first meal. Remember that the first servings of meat puree should be no more than 30 grams. We also pay attention to the texture of the finished puree, it should be homogeneous without pieces and fibers. It is worth preparing the first turkey meat puree carefully so that the baby is impressed not only with taste, but also with a delicate texture. The first spoonful of meat puree determines whether the baby will like meat in the future or not.

A great and easy recipe to add some protein to your child's diet. It is necessary to boil the turkey meat, as we described in the article "How to prepare meat supplements", and then prepare a delicious turkey puree for the baby. nine0037


  • 1 cup of cold and cooked turrets prepared without bones for pieces of no more than 3 cm
  • 1/4 cup of ordinary water

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  1. Blend the boiled meat pieces in a blender until smooth.

  2. Slowly add water to the puree, then stir until a homogeneous liquid consistency is obtained. nine0003

  3. Add as much liquid as necessary to obtain a liquid consistency suitable for a child.

  4. You can add vegetables or fruits to this puree if you like.

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Difficulty: average

Meat puree from turkey up to a year old is easy to prepare for a child at home. For the first feeding, it is better to choose a turkey or a rabbit. Prepare a large amount of mashed meat for future use. You can store it in the freezer, breaking it into portions in bags. We begin to introduce with 1 tsp, gradually increasing to 50 grams. It is better to mix meat puree with vegetable puree and feed the baby at lunchtime.

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