COCONUT, LEMON, AND CHICKEN RICE | 6 mos+ | 🌈 🔥 💪 ⚠️ 🌰


This – is – the – easiest – dinner – ever! We’re talkin’ ONE pan, 30 MINUTES tops on your cook time. The chicken is juicy, the sauce is delicious. A complete meal for babies, toddlers, and the rest of the family!


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What makes this one pan chicken dish so good for your baby?

  • Chicken is a protein-rich food. It is a source of complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids in adequate amounts for maintenance and growth. Your baby is in a developing stage and their newly forming muscles need protein for proper growth.

  • This dish is loaded with spices. Using spices and herbs in baby's food adds flavor, teaches babies to expect change with food, and trains the baby’s taste buds to like a wide range of foods.

  • This is a complete meal offering baby and toddlers the three food categories they need to eat at each meal ➡️ a high-calorie food, an iron-rich food, and a colorful food (fruits/vegetables).


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COCONUT, LEMON, AND CHICKEN RICE

This super simple but nutritionally complete one pan dinner is the perfect weeknight dinner for babies, toddlers, and the whole family!


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Course: Lunch/Dinner Prep: 40 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4

 

Ingredients

4-5 chicken thighs

2 tbsp dried herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme)

½ tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp turmeric

1 tbsp cumin

1tbsp oil

1 tsp espelette pepper (or chilli flakes)

1 lemon (zested and juiced)

3 slices of lemon

5 garlic cloves chopped

1 onion chopped

1 cup rice

1 cup frozen peas

Frozen spinach to taste

1 cup water

1 cup coconut milk


Preparation Steps

1. Mix the chicken thighs with the dried herbs, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, oil, lemon zest+juice, espelette pepper and the garlic. Leave it to marinate for 40 min. Preheat the oven to 180C/350 F.


2. Using an oven safe skillet/pan, fry the chicken for around 4 min on each side and set aside (don’t throw away the marinade liquid!)


3. In the same pan, after removing the chicken, add a bit of oil and fry the onions until golden brown. Then add the rice and fry for another minute or so. Pour in the water, the coconut milk and the marinade liquid. Give it a stir, add in the peas and the spinach, give it another stir.


5. Place the chicken and the lemon slices. Cover the pan and put it in the oven for 30 min., then remove the lid and cook for another 10 min.

 

Notes


Suitable: for the whole family from 6 months old.


Age up: If offering this recipe to an older child (12+months) or an adult you may add a little salt to taste. Keep in mind that it is recommended to avoid salt for babies under 12 months.


Flavor up:

  • This recipe is already loaded with flavor but feel free to add or change any spices, herbs, or other ingredients you like. Have fun experimenting with flavors and textures!

Boost nutrition:

  • Serve this dish with a side salad for older kids and grown ups. This will add color, more texture, extra fiber and vitamins. We recommend avoiding raw leafy greens to babies younger than 18 months of age.

Involving your children:

  • Under 6+ months: have them watch you prepare; show them how you mix the chicken with all the spices. Tell them the names of the ingredients as you add them to help build baby's vocabulary.

  • 18+ months: show them how to cut the lemon into slices, or chop onions with a kids safe plastic knife; show them how to and let them try to measure the spices. Show them how to and let them try to add/mix all ingredients together.


Focus on offering single ingredient foods or very simple recipes (1-3 ingredients) at the early stages - the first 1-2 months of starting solids. You may offer more elaborated recipes on a more occasional basis for babies beginning to eat. This will help your baby get familiar with the natural taste of foods but still getting it "pimped-up" in recipes every once in a while. It will also allow you to expose your baby to a few different foods, and make it easier for you to rule out some possible food allergies or intolerance before you start offering preparations with several ingredients regularly.


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🌈 - this recipe contains colorful foods. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.

💪- this recipe contains iron-rich food. We recommend including an iron-rich food at each meal.

🔥 - this recipe contains high-calorie food. We recommend including a high-calorie food at each meal.

⚠️ - this recipe contains common choking hazard foods. Make sure to follow age and preparation guidelines.

🌰 - this recipe contains tree nuts, a common food allergen. Coconut is considered a tree nut. We recommend introducing potentially allergenic food on its own first for at least 2 times, before mixing with other foods. This makes it easier to recognize a reaction.

 

As always, discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider. This post and this site is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. The materials and services provided by this site are for informational purposes only.

 

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🔥 - this recipe contains high-calorie food. We recommend including a high-calorie food at each meal.

💪 - this recipe contains iron-rich food. We recommend including iron-rich food at each meal.

🌈 - this recipe contains colorful food. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.

🥇 - this recipe contains foods that are a great choice for baby's first food.

🌱 - this recipe is a great choice for plant-based babies.

💩 - this recipe contains food that helps prevent or treat constipation.