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Two chicken avocado poppers stacked on top of each other with bite taken out of top one.
Course Appetizer, Snack

Baby-Led Weaning Chicken Avocado Poppers

By: Elysia
Servings 10 chicken poppers
These healthy Baby-Led Weaning Chicken Avocado Poppers are a fun way to incorporate some extra protein and healthy fats into meal and snack times. The perfect size and texture for babies and toddlers! Make up a batch in advance for a quick bite to eat! {Gluten-free, low carb & paleo}
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro optional
  • 1 medium ripe avocado diced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray muffin tin cups with cooking spray or use silicone baking cups.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken poppers, except for the avocado, so that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Gently fold the diced avocado into the mixture so that most of the chunks remain intact.
  • Divide mixture among 10 cups in the muffin tin, pressing down slightly so that the mixture sticks together.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the poppers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Serve plain, with your favourite dip or a drizzle of hot sauce.

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Notes

  • Choose the right avocado: When it comes to choosing an avocado, I recommend getting one that’s ripe but not too mushy. Otherwise, it will all disappear into the chicken mixture, which isn’t a big deal, but ultimately we want some of the chunks to be present so you get that taste of the creamy avocado in each bite.
  • Fold avocado in gently: On a similar note, it’s generally best to add the avocado chunks to the chicken mixture at the end and gently fold them in so that the chunks remain intact.
  • Pay attention to moisture level: If the chicken mixture seems too wet, you can add in some bread crumbs or almond flour to absorb some of the excess moisture.
  • Adapt salt accordingly: For children under the age of one, I recommend leaving out the salt, but for older children and adults, feel free to add the salt to flavour them up.
  • Flavour according to taste: Similarly, for the cilantro, I tried them both with and without and they tasted good both ways. Feel free to add it in or leave it out if you’re not a big cilantro fan.
  • Use silicone muffin liners if possible: I typically bake these chicken poppers in silicone baking cups so they're really easy to remove. I highly recommend them!

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 296mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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