This is a quick easy slow-cooked meal. It takes less than 10 mins to prepare and I promise the whole family will love it! It is so simple to prepare that your little ones will be able to help you.
The best thing is that you can enjoy it hot for dinner and have enough left over for either dinner the next night or to enjoy cold for lunch. Whether you slow cook it our oven roast it it is delicious! I would recommend using an oven bag for both methods as it makes the chicken meat so tender and juicy.
As my regular followers will know I am a BIG fan of eating as a family! I believe it is important for creating healthy eating habits and is also is a great way to spend distraction free time as a family. We’ve made the rule of no toys or mobile phones at the table in our house so that we all listen to each other properly!
This is definitely a recipe for the whole family! Your baby can join in eating with their fingers or you can turn the chicken, vegetables and your choice of carbohydrate into a purée. A simple roast chicken purée that is suitable from around 6 months, you might want to add a bit of apple or pear to the purée to sweeten it especially for babies at stage 1 having their first tastes of different foods.
Chicken is a great first meat for your baby as it has a soft texture and it’s taste isn’t as metallic as lamb or beef so your baby is more likely to accept it as a first taste. Cut into strips babies will find it easy to suck and chew, even babies without any teeth! It always amazes me how babies without teeth are able to eat finger food so well. Having said that their gums are pretty solid, for a similar sensation cover your teeth with you lips and bite down.
When Freddie was a baby and now with Lottie I try and serve food as finger food whenever possible. So if I can serve the meal as finger food rather than puréeing it I do! There are a couple of reasons I have behind doing this:
- It lets babies explore the food with all their senses and I think this makes them more likely to try a new food.
- It takes the stress out of meal times – no more battles with the spoon.
- Your baby can decide when they are full, they will stop eating when they’ve had enough.
- Your baby is included in the meal with the whole family
- It is a great way for teething babies to eat as the chewing sensation will soothe their gums and there is no chance of the spoon bashing their tender gums.
- It is a great way for your baby to practice their pincer skills and develop their hand eye co-ordination.
Lemon Tarragon Chicken
Makes: 4 adult, 2 toddler and 4 baby portions
Preparation Time: 5-10minutes
Slow-cooker Cooking Time: 6 hours on low
Oven Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes per 500g at 180’C
1.5kg whole chicken
2 cloves of garlic
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 large bunch of tarragon
An oven bag
Place the chicken into the oven bag in the slow cooker or on the roasting tray.
In a pestle and mortar place 2 cloves of garlic, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, olive oil and the remaining tarragon and grind up.
Cut a few slits in the skin of the chicken then pour the olive oil mixture over the chicken rubbing it over and under the skin over the flesh and inside the cavity of the chicken.
Cut the remaining lemon in half and place into the cavity of the chicken along with the rest of the tarragon.
Cook in an oven bag in the slow cooker for 6 hours or in the oven at 180 ‘C for 25-30 mins per 500g