Copycat Gerber Apple Chicken Baby Food Recipe
This homemade apple chicken baby food recipe is so nutritious and easy to make, no wonder it’s a Gerber baby food option! It’s seriously good too. If your like prefers sweeter options, this is a great choice that is packed with nutrients and proteins. Best of all, it’s simply two ingredients plus water. Easy to prepare and store. Make it in bulk or prepare it same day.Jump to Recipe
I enjoy making bay food partly because it’s so easy. Once you start making it, you won’t stop. Just like every parent, I want healthy, quick, and easy options to feed my children.
THIS BABY FOOD ONLY HAS CHICKEN BREAST, APPLE, AND WATER IN IT.
Yes! None of those things you have to look up. The natural sweetness of the apples is really all a baby needs to enjoy this recipe. I’ve tried it and thought wow, didn’t expect so much flavor. My kids love this recipe.
I add a little water, or when my children was first entering the sitter stage (6-8 months), I used breastmilk (or formula) instead of water for the liquid.
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WHY MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD?
I promise you once you start making it, you’ll never go back to store bought products like Gerber baby food. It was intimidating to think about, but believe me, try it out!
- It’s EASY!!!!
- Inexpensive and easy to find ingredients.
- You know exactly what ingredients are going into your baby.
- This homemade baby food recipe is one the entire family can enjoy breakfast, lunch, snack-time, or dessert.
Check out other homemade baby food recipes
- Green bean, sweet potato and pumpkin baby food recipe
- This seriously delicious lentil recipe includes a baby food version.
- Better Than Gerber Banana, Carrots, and Mango Baby Food Recipe
- Other Homemade baby food recipes
RECIPE NOTES + TIPS TO MAKE THIS EVEN EASIER
TOOLS YOU NEED TO PREPARE A HOMEMADE BABY FOOD RECIPE
- Something to cook the food in. A pot or crockpot are my preference. I’ve linked the pots I use.
- Pureeing tools. Immersion blender, blender, or food processor.
- Storage containers (fridge and freezer storage). I use reusable ziplocked bags and ice trays.
- Having a really good knife set is really helpful. Be careful because they will be sharp! I’ve linked the knives I use.
STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BABY FOOD
- Store in 1 ounce portions and increase as baby gets older.
- Reusable pouches are environmentally friendly and still less expensive that buying baby food.
- If freezing, store and use over 1-2 months.
- If storing in fridge, it lasts two or three days.
Other helpful notes + tips for making this baby food recipe (Meal Preparation)
- How to thaw frozen baby food? Thaw an individual portion it in the microwave on defrost or place an individual portion in the fridge and let it unthaw overnight or in a cup of water.
- Chicken and apples puree really easily and are both great stage 1 foods to introduce to babies between ages 4-6 months. So are eggs!
- The natural sweetness of apples is all the flavor this recipe needs.
- This recipe freezes really well.
Boil apples and chicken in separate pots. Allow the apple (quarters and peeled) for 20 minutes, and the chicken to boil for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and add recommended amount of water to blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. It’s that easy every time.
Copycat Gerber Apple Chicken Baby Food
- blender or food processor
- apple corer
- vegetable peeler
- 2 pots
- 4 ounces apple cored and peeled (about 1/2 apple)
- 8 ounces chicken breast
- ⅔ cup water
- Core and peel one apple. This recipe calls for about half of an apple. I usually use Red Delicious apples but any variety will work well.
- Thinly slice chicken breast.
- Put cored and peel apple slices in a pot covered in water and boil for 20 minutes.
- In a separate pot at the same time, put thinly sliced chicken breast submerged in water and boil for 30 minutes.
- Allow apples and chicken to cool.
- Put apples and chicken in blender or food processor along with 2/3 cups of water. Use liquid chicken was boiling in. Blend until smooth.
- Substitute water for breast milk or formula if preferred.
- Store after preparing or serve immediately. If storing in fridge use within 3 days. If freezing, use within 2 months. Recommend freezing in ice cube portions and thaw out by defrosting in microwave or by placing cubes in fridge one day before use.
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