12/18/2009

Toddler's chicken rice balls

Recently Alicia doesn't seem to like to eat her rice on its own as she used to do in the past. So I decided to mix in a bit of her baked chicken fillet (which she loves) and shape the mixture of rice and chicken into balls. I guess this is the first step towards being less of a purist. :)


I usually marinate the whole batch of chicken fillet when I buy it from the market before storing them in smaller packs to be frozen.


Handling the Chicken Fillet:
Prepare:

  • $2 worth of chicken fillet meat: clean and remove any tendons


Marinate the whole batch of chicken fillet with:

  • a dash of sesame oil
  • a bit of oyster/ abalone sauce or teriyaki marinade
  • a bit of chicken marinade

Pack into 1 tablespoon portions to be stored in the freezer.

Baking the chicken fillet:

  • Place the defrosted chicken fillet on a small piece of aluminium foil.
  • Bake at 180degC for 7min.

The chicken fillet will be nice and tender.

Sometimes my Alicia picks up the baked chicken and just munches on it till she finishes the whole piece of chicken, as if it's meant to be eaten that way! :)

Toddler's Chicken Rice Balls

Have with you:

  • a piece or two of baked chicken fillet
  • a bowl of cooked rice

Lightly mince the baked chicken fillet (fillet's the softest part of the chicken so it mashes really easily between your fingers).

Take a small amount of rice, add in the chicken and shape into a ball or any other shape. I do this for every ball so as to ensure that there's chicken in every rice ball - that's coz I have a picky eater. If you find it too tedious, just mix all the chicken fillet with the rice and shape the rice balls from there. For me, I find it ok because I just take the time after she's just popped a rice ball into her mouth to shape the next ball! :)

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