Chicken rice apple baby puree’

A complete meal for your baby: proteins + carbohydrates + vitamins.

I used a small chicken tight with Basmati rice, a Fujii apple and one carrot. Basil leaves to give extra flavor. Basic and gentle flavors, perfect for a very first baby meal.

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In Italy when you introduce solid foods in your baby’s diet (6 months), chicken is one of the first meat recommended by pediatricians as it is very rich in protein and iron. In addition to that it is very easy to digest. Also, the darker meat of the chicken (thighs and legs) is higher in iron.

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Steaming is an amazing way to cook for your baby as it retains all the nutrients (like baking). Today I used a rice cooker with a tray on top to cook the other ingredients. In less than one hour I had all my ingredients ready all at once to prepare my baby puree’. I realized 8 baby meals that I stored in small containers and froze to use later when needed.

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In the recipe card it’s thigh, not tight, sorry for the typo. 😉

How to proceed: soooo simple!

– cut the chicken tight in small stripes or cubes, the peeled apple in small cubes and the peeled carrot in small pieces.

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– rinse the rice under cold water for 30 seconds, you want to remove the starchy flour on top

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– in a rice cooker place the rice at the bottom. Cover the rice with water. For the proportions follow the instructions of your rice cooker (they may vary from model to model). In my case I used 3/4 cup rice and 1 cup water.

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– fill the rice cooker upper tray with the remaining ingredients: chicken, apple, carrot and add the 2 basil leaves on top. Close the rice cooker and press the “cook” button. My rice cooker took 45 min to finish.

If your rice cooker doesn’t have the upper tray, you can cook the other ingredients all together in a steamer for 30 min and the rice separately.

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– place all the ingredients in a tall container ( I used a 4 cups measuring glass container): the rice, the chicken, the apple, the carrots and the basil and add 1 cup of liquid. Pending the age of your baby you can choose between hot water, vegetable broth, breast milk or formula milk if your baby is under 12 months, if your baby is older you can use regular milk. Mix everything for 1 minute with an immersion blender in order to obtain a smooth and creamy puree’.

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You can serve the baby food immediately, warm, or you can divide it in small containers with a lid and store them in the freezer for up to 3/4 months.


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    March 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    is that okay to freeze for 3 months of this chicken puree , if I use formula milk to mix it for blend?

    Best regards,

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 2, 2015 at 5:46 am

      Hi Peggy.
      good question! as you are using formula milk as an ingredient to thin the puree it is not a problem to freeze the final puree. Basically when you freeze formula milk you are not creating any risk for your baby, you are just changing the texture. Freezing formula will cause fat separation (like it happens with regular milk) but no nutritional loss. ciao! b

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    December 5, 2015 at 12:33 am


    This sounds so yummy. I want to try it for my little one but I do not have a steamer or rice cooker. What would be another way I can do it? Thanks in advance 🙂

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      Barbara Lamperti
      December 14, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Hi Lisa! no problem. you can boil the rice and you can create a very simple homemade steamer to cook the vegetables and the chicken. You do not need a fancy steamer to cook your baby food. You just need a pan with a lid and a colander that will fit the pan in order to stay on top. Fill 1/2 or less of the pan with water and place the chicken and the vegetables (in small pieces) in the colander on top of it. Make sure that the water doesn’t touch the food (otherwise it will be boiling, not steaming). When the water in the pan is boiling, reduce the heat at minimum, you just need the steam of the water. Close with the lid and let it cook for 15/20 min. You want the chicken to be fully cooked and the vegetables tender. If some steam will come out from your homemade steamer don’t worry. When everything is cooked (rice + chicken + veggies) you can use an immersion blender or a food processor to create a nice baby puree’. Also, you can use the water that is left in the pan to thin your baby food. Let me know if you need more information! ciao, b

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    January 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    hi!! i love alllll your recipes, i want to try this one too, but i have a question . in the ingredients you write 3/4 cup of rice, is it cooked rice or uncooked rice??

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      Barbara Lamperti
      January 3, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Carol!
      Thank you so much for watching BuonaPappa 😉 The quantity is uncooked rice. Ciao! b

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        March 15, 2016 at 9:49 pm

        thanks for your reply, but i dont seem to get it right 🙁 bummer 🙁
        one more question, can i use any type of rice and apples??

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          Barbara Lamperti
          March 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm

          Hi Carol! yes. I used Italian Arborio rice, the one that I use for risotto as it is very starchy and gets very creamy once cooked. You can also choose brown rice. Apples. I usually use either Fiji or Pink Lady for my recipes, I like the sweet/tart flavor. Let me know how it goes and if you need any further information!! ciao, b

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    April 5, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Hello Mam ,
    May I know in which temperature I have to store ? I mean in deep fridge or normal fridge ??

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 11, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Hi! normal fridge will be fine. I suggest an air tight container to keep as much air away from the food. Thanks for watching!! b

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    June 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

    After freezing how can i feed this to my baby? Microwave? Thaw? Not sure. Plz help

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      Barbara Lamperti
      June 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Hi! Once frozen baby food can be easily thawed and than reheated to be served warm to your little one. If you want to have more information about how to thaw your baby food, check out this other post
      Once thawed, you can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave.
      Let me know should you have any question!
      ciao, b

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    June 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Hello where did you get your rice cooker from?

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    March 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Hello there. This sounds like a yummy recipe for my baby. I like trying different options, so what other vegetables would you suggest instead of carrots.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Hi! I always suggest organic seasonal vegetables to prepare your baby food. Carrots are known for their delicate sweet flavor. Beets, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, celery roots are all a nice substitution. Let me know should you have any question!! ciao, b

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    March 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Hello I don’t have steamer or rice cooker any other way please
    And the basil leaves I don’t really know much about it
    Please can I skip it
    Please reply ma

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 31, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Hi! If you have an oven you can roast the chicken and the vegetables in the oven for 20/25 min, and boil the rice in a pot. Skip the basil if you do not like it, I added it to give more flavor to the recipe. Once the rice and the chicken/veggies are cooked, simply combine them in a food processor and blend up until obtaining a smooth cream. You can use some hot water or breastmilk or baby formula to thin the baby puree. Let me know should you have any question! ciao, b

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    April 1, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Thanks so much for your reply
    I want to try it for my one year old baby
    Can I use regular milk

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    April 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hello, I made this recipe today! he loved it! but i made extra – can i keep it in the fridge and offer it to him tomorrow? thank you in ad advance 🙂

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Susan, sorry for the late reply. Yes, the puree can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Thank you for watching!! ciao, b

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    August 25, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Hello! Greetings from Malaysia.

    Just one quick question, what’s the difference between cooking with slow cooker n rice cooker?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      Hello dear Ziela!
      Good question!! The heat is the difference. Slow cooker uses a low heat for a long time. Rice cooker a higher heat in a short time. I would use the slow cooker for foods with a lot of fiber (meat/beans) that require more time to break and be easy to digest. The rice cooker can be used also as a steamer for gently cooking vegetables like in the recipe.
      I hope I was helpful, thank you!! B

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    August 19, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    What is a chicken “tight”? Do you mean thigh? I’m confused! Thank you

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      Barbara Lamperti
      October 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      Opsss, yes, I meant thigh. Typo. Let me fix it 🙂
      Thanks for noticing!!
      Ciao, b

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    January 21, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Where do you get the containers with lids?

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