Chicken is a healthy and delicious meal that your little one can start eating when he or she is 10 months old. In this chicken recipe we use orange juice, and remember some babies are sensitive to citrus juices, so you may to wait until your baby is at least one year old of age before you offer this meal.
For the stock:
- Leftover chicken carcass
- 2 onions
- 2 leeks
- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
For the chicken:
- 2 chicken breast, diced
- ½ cup homemade stock
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup orange juice
- 4 tablespoons sultanas, chopped
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rice
- 6 baby carrots
- First prepare the stock. Wash, peel and roughly chop the vegetables. Place the carcasss into a large stock pot. Add the vegetables and parsley, then cover with plenty of water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until the liquid is simmering rapidly. Simmer, uncovered, for about 4 hours, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Remove the bones and strain the stock. Let it cool a bit before using it for the chicken.
- If the stock is to be stored for future use, you may wish to simmer it for a few hours longer. This reduces it, making it more concentrated and easier to store. Once the stock is a little bit cold, start preparing the chicken.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan and cook the chicken until browned. Mix the remaining ingredients, except for the flour and pour over the chicken. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for one hour.
- Remove about ½ cup of the sauce from the pot and mix with the flour, blending well. Return this mixture to the pot and stir well. Continue to simmer for further 30 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
- Cook the rice in a pan with enough water. Boil it until very tender. Remember it has to be easy to eat for a baby. Add a leaf of bay for taste and salt. Place a steamer over the pan where you are cooking the rice, and steam the baby carrots until tender too.
Serve the chicken, the rice and the carrots in the same plate.
Give the right importance to colour when a baby starts to eat. It is very important to make a plate attractive to the baby’s eyes.