We love curry; hot curries packed with chilli and strong flavours. Once Finn started eating with us we thought we should tame the curries down a bit, after all, a lot of our friends and family couldn’t handle the heat so it wasn’t really fair to expect our 10-month-old to enjoy them! This Fruity Chicken Curry was the first mild curry I had ever made and we all really enjoy it. The sultanas and apples add a lovely sweet taste to make this a truly delicious curry for kids.
I started introducing spices into Finn’s food right from the beginning. To his purees, I added cinnamon and nutmeg and then moved on to turmeric before slowly adding other spices to complement his baby food. If you are interested in using spices in baby food, then I recommend checking out Spice Spice Baby for great information and recipes. Babies are a lot more accommodating to new foods and so the sooner they are introduced to spiced food the better, in my opinion.
Curry powders vary greatly and will change the taste of this curry. I recommend you study the back of the pack to see what is in them before buying. Some brands have salt pretty high up in the ingredient list, which you want to avoid for babies and young toddlers. Some also have added sugar which I personally avoid. I would use a mild/medium curry powder for this. If it is too spicy then stir through some yoghurt before serving. The added benefit of this is that it cools it down in temperature too!
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Fruity Chicken Curry for Kids
- 1 tbsp oil
- 600g (2 large) chicken breasts - sliced
- 1 large onion - thinly sliced *See note 1
- 1 garlic clove - finely chopped
- 2 red pepper - chopped
- 1 small apple - peeled and cubed
- 80g 1/2 cup sultanas / raisins
- 3 tbsp mild curry powder * See note 2
- 200 g passata ** See note 3
- 200 g chicken stock *** See note 4
- Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and heat until the mixture becomes translucent.
- Add the chicken and brown on all sides then add the peppers and stir in the curry powder. Stir for approx 1 min.
- Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until the sauce thickens (around 20 mins)
- I thinly slice the onion for this recipe but if your kids don't like "bits" then I'd finely chop the onion.
- Curry powders vary a lot and can really change the taste of this curry. For young kids look for a mild curry powder. Watch for salt levels too, some powders can have a very high salt content.
- If you can not find passata then use crushed / chopped tomatoes. They will break down with the cooking.
- If cooking for a baby / young toddler then use homemade chicken stock / low salt chicken stock.