The Xoxo Kids

Kids and family food tried-and-tested recipes. Find your next family favourite, an awesome lunchtime recipe, or something fun to cook with the kids!

Fruity Chicken Balls – Healthy Little Foodies

Fruity Chicken Balls are a great finger food for kids of all ages. Great for baby-led weaning (BLW), for toddlers or in a kids lunch box.

Fruity Chicken Balls on Kebab Sticks

The first time that I made these fruity chicken balls was when Rory was a baby. He did baby-led weaning and I found that these were a great little finger food to have at home or to pop into a lunch box when going out and about. 

The only way Rory would eat chicken as a baby was if it was thigh meat or minced and made into burgers or balls such as these. As he got older he was more able /willing to eat chunks of meat but even now, at two years old, he prefers meat served like this. 

Close Up View of Chicken Meatballs

Now that Finn has started school I have been thrown into the world of lunch boxes. It is important to me that Finn has a healthy and varied lunch box as, after all, it makes up a third of his daily food. Lately, I have been thinking of different foods that I can add to the lunch box and thought that these would be perfect; they can be frozen and taste really good cold. 

Child Grabbing Kebab Made of Chicken Meatballs and Fruit Pieces

I often serve these as part of the main meal or with a small salad at lunchtime. Usually, I cut up some fruit and vegetables to make fun little kebab sticks with them. I’m not sure why, but kids generally find food instantly more appealing when it is on a stick!

The reason I add milk-soaked breadcrumbs to the mixture is to produce a lighter, more tender ball. If you or your kid have allergies then you can miss this out, they still taste great!

Close Up of Fruity Chicken Ball Kebab with Dip

You May Also Like

Have you tried this recipe? I love receiving your feedback, please rate and leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @healthylittlefoodies

Looking for more healthy kid recipes?Sign up for my free recipe newsletter to get new family friendly recipes in your inbox each week! Find me sharing more kind-friendly inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.

fruity chicken balls are a great finger food for kids of all ages. Great for baby-led weaning (BLW), for toddlers or in a kids lunch box.

Fruity Chicken Balls

A delicious finger food great for kids of all ages.


  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and carrot, over a low heat, until soft. (For around 5 mins)

  • Add the milk to the breadcrumbs and allow to sit for 5 mins.

  • Place the apple and pear onto a clean dishcloth and squeeze as much juice as you can out of them. (save the juice for smoothies etc)

  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until all the ingredients are mixed together.

  • Form around 25 balls with your hands. Shallow fry for around five minutes, until golden on both sides.

Recipe Notes

Breadcrumb and Milk mixture

  • I add the soaked breadcrumbs to the mixture to produce a lighter, more tender ball. If you have a dairy/gluten allergy then you can miss this out but the ball will be tougher.

Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. 

Nutrition Facts

Fruity Chicken Balls

Amount Per Serving

Calories 50
Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Cholesterol 17mg6%

Sodium 23mg1%

Potassium 138mg4%

Carbohydrates 4g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 450IU9%

Vitamin C 1.4mg2%

Calcium 5mg1%

Iron 0.3mg2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Get Offers & Inspiration straight to your inbox

Sign up for the lunch bulletin for your child

I agree to have my personal information transfered to ConvertKit ( more information )

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to the The Xoxo Kids Newsletter

Join an ever-growing community of food lovers now by subscribing to our newsletter and get all the latest recipes, features and much more to your inbox

    We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.