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Chicken meatballs – fun recipes for fussy eaters and picky eaters

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Chicken meatballs

By accident I pulled chicken mince out of the freezer thinking it was something else! I then had to think on my feet as dinner was fast approaching 😊

With limited time I decided to go rogue and create something new.

The end result was unexpectedly great, and I think a win for fussy eaters too. The meatballs are fairly neutral in terms of flavour so the perfect next step for nugget or plain chicken eaters.

Even better it’s quick, simple and has a nutrient boosting secret ingredient too.

Recipe

As I made this up on the spot, I didn’t measure anything (I’m not a big measurer anyway) so amounts are ‘more to taste’ than definitive.

400 gm chicken mince
1 hpd tbs ground linseeds (I added this as the mince was a little wet and it’s great for absorbing moisture). You could substitute for psyllium powder, or probably a little flour or breadcrumbs.
Salt & pepper – to taste (optional)
½ tsp garlic powder (optional)
1 dessert sp dried oregano (optional)

Mix all ingredients well and allow to sit until the mixture has no liquid.

I then coated before frying:
½ cup polenta
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1 tsp paprika power (optional)
I put all of these in my spice grinder (coffee grinder?) to make a powder.
You could use panko or breadcrumbs instead (pick whichever your child is most comfortable with).

Roll the chicken mixture into small balls. Coat and fry on a medium high heat in a little oil or ghee, turning so they brown on all sides.

They were lovely and moist on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. The flavour is fairly muted so perfect for picky eaters.

 

Judith, MA Cantab, is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/