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Chicken and veggies. Healthy? Yes. Do my kids eat them? Meh.
My one year old isn’t really a fan of meat. But I wanted her to learn to eat chicken. One of my friends suggested I make chicken in a muffin form. Genius! My kid loves muffins.
So I developed this recipe that is not only super easy (and delicious!), but also paleo, clean eating, dairy free, and gluten free.
They also freeze well. I make a batch and keep a bunch on hand for when we’re in a hurry and I don’t have time to whip up a full meal for the baby.
Okay let’s make these chicken muffins!
Ingredients: Chicken (obviously, ha!), tomato sauce, almond flour, zucchini, carrot, egg, hemp hearts, minced onion, minced garlic, and salt.
The onion and garlic gives this muffin a nice savory flavor. It tastes similar to a meatloaf. If your kids like a milder flavor, you can omit the spices.
The hemp hearts add additional protein, fiber, antioxidants, and omegas. The omega-3 and omega-6 they provide is oh-so-good for your child’s developing brain (and immune system!). Hemp hearts have a softer texture than a seed, and a very subtle “nutty” taste. The flavor is very mild, so you can’t taste them at all in this dish. I like this brand.
For the chicken, I boiled 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Boil them on medium-low heat until done (internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees and juices run clear.)
You could use rotisserie chicken instead if you have that on hand.
After cooking the chicken breasts, I tossed them into my kitchenaid stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, I shredded the chicken for about five minutes. You want it to be very shredded. Like this:
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a food processor to shred the chicken.
Next, grate 1/2 of a zucchini. Use a clean cloth or a paper towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. (This step is important!)
Do the same with 1/2 of a carrot.
Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Place 12 muffin liners in a cupcake pan. (I use these silicone muffin molds. They work great and you don’t even have to spray them to keep the muffins from sticking.)
Add the mix to the cupcake liners, filling them completely full.
Place in an oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Savory Chicken Muffins with Hidden Veggies Recipe
Yields 12 muffins
- 2.5 cups cooked chicken, finely shredded
- 3/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 zucchini, grated and excess water removed (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 carrot, grated and excess water removed (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts (may omit if you don’t have any on hand)
- 1/8 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon minced onion
- dash of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Boil 4 chicken breasts on medium-low heat until done (internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees and juices run clear.)
- Using a stand mixer or food processor, finely shred chicken breasts and set aside.
- With a hand grater, grate 1/2 of a zucchini. Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Grate 1/2 of a carrot. Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Scoop chicken mixture into 12 silicone muffin molds.
- Bake about 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned on top.
- Allow muffins to cool before removing from molds.
- Store in the refrigerator 1-2 days or freeze.
I hope you (and your little one) enjoys these! Do you know anyone with a picky eater? Be sure to share this recipe with them!
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