Sweet potato chicken baby food
Sweet Potato & Chicken Puree for Baby
I've got another recipe for your little one they are just going to love. It's a sweet potato and chicken puree for baby made with bone broth, nourishing spices, and pears. It's perfect as part of meal time or to throw into a pouch for on-the-go use!
Just wanted to let you know this post is sponsored by the lovely folks at Tommee Tippee!
Can I just buy baby food at the grocery store?
Let's chat about purees, shall we?
They may sound like something you should just get your hands on at the store, but let me tell you why you should try making something at home instead...!
I've spent my fair share of time hunting down emergency pouches at the grocery store. Sure, there are some better options than there used to be out there.
However, most baby food pouches are mainly made with fruit, and do not have any (or barely any) high quality fats or protein in them.
In my opinion, these are two nutrients that are extremely essential for your baby's development and growth.
That is especially true when they are so young and transitioning out of drinking breast milk, formula, etc.
Purees vs Baby Led Weaning
Let's chat steaming and pureeing food versus the baby led weaning method, which is what I typically have followed with Sophie.
Let me be very clear here. Sophie is a good eater to the core.
However, there are periods of time (sometimes meals, sometimes days, sometimes a whole week), where she just doesn't display her regular interest in eating solids.
I've had times where I just wish I had a nutrient dense puree on hand because I know she'd guzzle it down without hesitation.
Sometimes I even have all of the ingredients handy, but I don't have enough time to carve out for cooking the food and blending it in the blender, food processor, etc.
I was so grateful when I learned about Tommee Tippee's Quick-Cook Baby Food Maker.
Here are a few reasons why this baby food steamer and blender is so great:
- By steaming the food, it is holding on to as many of its nutrients as possible.
- The food holds on to its natural flavor, giving our children realistic expectations for what chicken should taste like.
- Easy prep and clean up. Everything goes into one container!
- The equipment isn't clunky. It will sit, nicely tucked away under your cabinets, no problem!
- You can achieve different textures by using different features on the machine.
What ingredients will I need to make sweet potato and chicken puree?
The list is short but full of nutrients and goodness.
Here is what you will need:
- Sweet potato
- Organic, boneless & skinless chicken (I like to use thighs as the darker meat provides more iron content)
- Bone broth
I wouldn't recommend any substitutions really, unless your child has a problem with the spices.
I do highly recommend using bone broth instead of traditional chicken broth, as it has a high amount of calcium, magnesium, collagen, and gelatin.
Basically, these are all things that are great for all of us... especially our little ones! 🙂
Can I freeze this sweet potato and chicken puree for baby?
Heck yeah, you can. I actually recommend it.
When Sophie was first transitioning to purees and solid food, I'd divide the puree into 1-ounce cube molds and freeze them in a tray. After they were frozen solid, I'd pop them into a Ziplock freezer bag and date them for 2 months from that day.
It's so convenient because you can simply pop out a 1-ounce freezer portion into a small glass container and let it defrost in the refrigerator over night.
The next day, your babe will have access to this nourishing puree all day long if they want it.
Of course now that Sophie is older, she can put back 1 ounce of this goodness no problem. She'll typically eat 4 ounces or so as a snack.
Girl can eat.
The Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food Maker makes meal time that easy.
You can steam in the steamer basket, blend in the jug or use a combination of the two for a range of textures, suitable for whatever you’re making, from fruits and vegetables, to meats and fish.
It also comes with an automatic timer so you can step away while making babe’s meal. Now that there is less time being spent on food prep and clean up, you'll have more time to spend snuggling that babe or chasing them around the house.
Sounds like a win to me. You can get creative with this puree if you'd like, and steam grass-fed ground beef or lamb as well.
I wouldn't recommend deviating from the recipe much though, as I haven't tested out other combinations.
Be sure to let me know if you have ANY questions. I know transitioning babe to purees and solids can be stressful, and I need you to know you are NOT alone in feeling that way.
If you want to know if XYZ might work instead or if you're unsure about anything, just tell me. I've got you! 😉
More fabulous recipes your babe would love:
Spinach and Bone Broth Waffles
- ▢ 1/2 cup sweet potato peeled and diced
- ▢ 1/2 cup organic chicken thighs boneless & skinless, cubed
- ▢ 1/4 cup pear peeled and diced
- ▢ 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- ▢ 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- ▢ 1/4 cup bone broth
Use the jug with no basket and make sure the lid is in the correct orientation. Add ingredients to the jug.
Press the mode button and choose the steam option. Set the steam time using the +/- buttons for a steam time of 30 minutes. Be sure to pause the unit every 10 minutes and stir thoroughly to ensure even cooking of the chicken.
Press the mode button and choose the blend option. Set the blend time using the +/- buttons for a blend time of 2 minutes. Press the start button to start.
The machine will now steam and blend all of the ingredients. When it is done, transfer to a silicon freezer tray and/or keep a little bit in the refrigerator if your babe will go through it quickly. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 20mg
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Chicken Puree for Baby- Healthy Little Foodies
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This chicken puree is a great way for a baby to first try chicken. The meat is cooked and blended with sweet potato carrot and onion for extra flavour and nutrition.
Reasons to Love this Puree
- NUTRITION: In general, for 6- to 12-month-old babies, you want to focus on foods that are nutrient-dense and packed with iron.
Chicken is a great source of protein and contains many nutrients that babies need to thrive. These include vitamins B3, B6 & B12, zinc, choline and selenium and iron.
Sweet potato is also a non-heme source of iron and contains vitamin C which aids the absorption of iron.
Read more on iron rich foods.
- TEXTURE: Chicken can be dry and gritty/chalky when blended unless you have a very powerful blender and add a good bit of liquid.
Cooking the chicken with some vegetables helps with the texture.
- TASTE: Not only do the vegetables help with texture, but they also provide lovely flavour. If your baby has previously enjoyed sweet potato puree or carrot puree then this is a good way to introduce chicken.
- FREEZER FRIENDLY: Make a batch and freeze in small portions for busier days/evenings.
Watch How to Make it (Video)
- CHICKEN – Use skinless, boneless chicken breast or thigh meat.
- CHICKEN STOCK / BROTH – Chicken stock/broth adds great flavour but most are unsuitable for babies as they are high in salt. You can make your own baby friendly chicken stock or hunt down some low sodium stocks/stock cubes. You can also water down the stock or simply replace it with water.
A baby under the age of 1 year can only have up to 1g of salt per day so read the label and check the salt levels. Food labels may sometimes write sodium instead of salt, to find the salt equivalent simply multiply the sodium number by 2.5.
Read more about salt for babies.
- SWEET POTATO & CARROT – Added for flavour, texture and nutrition. Chicken puree can often be dry/chalky in texture. Adding the carrot and sweet potato helps with the texture and adds a lovely sweet flavour.
- ONION – Added for flavour.
Process Shots (and Cooking Tips)
- SAUTE ONION: This releases the natural sweetness of the onion and provides a lovely flavour base, take 2-3 minutes to do this over medium-low heat.
- SAUTE CHICKEN: Add the chicken and stir for 30 seconds or so, just until the chicken turns opaque.
- ADD CARROT, SWEET POTATO AND STOCK: Add the remaining ingredients. TIP: Make sure to chop your sweet potato and carrot small so that it cooks quicker.
- SIMMER for 15 mins or until the vegetables are fork-tender.
- ADD TO BLENDER/FOOD PROCESSOR: Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and vegetables from the cooking stock.
- BLEND until desired consistency is reached. Add tablespoons of the stock to thin the puree. I find around 3-4 tablespoons a good amount.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can a baby have this chicken puree?
You can offer this puree from 6 months.
Storage & Reheating Instructions
- You can store this chicken puree, in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Do not store food from a bowl you have previously given your baby. “Double Dipping” from the spoon-to mouth- to container can introduce bacteria from your baby’s saliva which can grow and may cause food poisoning.
Throw away any leftover food from a bowl/container you have been using to feed your baby.
- Spoon the puree into ice cube trays or small containers. Cover and freeze until solid.
- When ice cubes are frozen, remove cubes from the tray and store them in a resealable plastic freezer bag or freezer container.
- Label package with contents and date. Use within 2 months.
- The best way to defrost purees is to refrigerate overnight and use them within 24 hours. You can also reheat from frozen.
- It is important that you reheat baby food until piping hot to kill off bacteria. Allow to cool and always test the temperature of the food before giving your baby.
- You can reheat using a microwave or on the stovetop. Make sure to continually stir the food to ensure it is properly heated and to get rid of hot spots.
- Only re-heat once and discard any leftover puree that has already been reheated.
Do you want to learn more about storing baby food? This guide to storing baby food covers how to safely store, refrigerate, freeze and reheat your baby’s food
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Chicken cooked with sweet potato, carrot and onion and then blended to make a delicious puree for babies.
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- ▢ ½ tablespoon Olive Oil
- ▢ ½ small Onion ,finely chopped
- ▢ 160g (1 cup chopped) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Thighs ,chopped into approx. 2.5 – 3cm (1 inch) cubes
- ▢ 300g / 11oz (2 cups chopped) Sweet Potato ,peeled and chopped into approx. 1-1.5cm (½ inch) cubes
- ▢ 80g / ⅓ cup Carrot peeled and chopped into approx. 1- 1.5 cm (½ inch) cubes
- ▢ 250ml / 1 cup Chicken Stock homemade or baby friendly (see notes)
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chicken and saute for around 30 seconds, until the chicken turns opaque.
Add the sweet potato, carrot and stock. Bring to a boil, cover and gently simmer for 15 mins or until the vegetables are fork tender.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a blender or food processor, reserving the cooking liquid. Puree until desired consistency. Add tablespoons of the cooking broth to help achieve thinner, smoother texture.
Chicken stock / broth adds great flavour but most are unsuitable for babies as they are high in salt. You can make your own baby friendly chicken stock or hunt down some low sodium stocks / stock cubes. You can also water down the stock or simply replace it with water.
Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Vitamin A 13982IU280%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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