Yummy Kid Friendly Chicken Balls

When my son was younger, he refused to eat meat. Truth be told, he’s still incredibly hesitant to eat meat! I found this recipe in SuperFoods: For Babies and Children and adapted it a bit for my picky boy.

It was such a hit with the whole family! We love to make a ton and freeze them for a quick snack.

Yummy Kid Friendly Chicken Balls


  • cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • Two 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh white bread crumbs
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour for coating
  • drizzle of olive oil


  1. Spray a pan with cooking spray and heat the carrot and onions until translucent
  2. Squeeze all the liquid you can from the grated apple (this is important! if there’s too much liquid, your chicken balls will fall apart)
  3. Add the grated apple, chicken, onion, carrot, parsley, thyme, bread crumbs and bouillon cube to a food processor and mix together until everything is uniform.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and roll into 20 balls. Roll the balls in a bit of flour.
  5. Heat some oil in a pan and heat the chicken balls until they are fully browned and cooked through (around 4-5 minutes).
  6. Enjoy!


The kids love this easy easy meal! It makes plenty for a family dinner as well.

I hope you love it!

If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook I adapted this recipe from,  you can find it on Amazon. I highly recommend it!



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Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

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