If you have been through my recipes for babies with allergies, you’ll notice a common theme: I’m always adding extra goodness where possible without any extra effort. This one pot chicken dinner does just that and as for nutrition, it goes the distance by giving these amazing health benefits for your little person:
- Slow cooking chicken on the bone (chicken legs) to extract the vitamins and minerals from them such as calcium and phosphorous and so many others that dairy free babies can really benefit from. Plus its so much cheaper than chicken breast.
- Chicken broth for more of the same minerals, but feel free to just use filtered water if you don’t have any.
- Lots of beautiful fresh vegetables; pumpkin helps fight off inflammation, and promotes regularity. Tomatoes; help remove toxins from the body and is high in lots of vitamin C. The spring onions feed good bacteria in the gut all perfect for babies dealing with sensitivities and other types of inflammation.
We haven’t even got to the star of the show yet: Turmeric! Known to be extremely beneficial for health and used for its medicinal properties. Turmeric is part of the ginger family. It contains potent oils with anti-inflammatory properties, particularly curcumin, which gives it its vibrant colour. Curcumin has a medicinal effect comparable to some drugs and can be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease as well as many other health complaints. Using ground spices like this also increases your babies palette for a wider range of tastes. Start off with just a small amount of ground tumeric and then eventually build up to a teaspoon and even more for a stronger flavour. A generous teaspoon works for us.
Babies struggling with common issues like intolerances, allergies, colic, skin rashes etc can really benefit with such ingredients. I introduced this dish to Cooper when he was about 12 months. As he was so sensitive to many foods I didn’t experiment with new herbs and spices frequently incase there was a reaction, but he was fine with this dish and really enjoyed it. I believe It’s partly due to recipes like this Cooper’s eczema, cradle cap and intolerances to many fruit and vegetables disappeared by the time he reached 15 months.
- 6 chicken legs on the bone
- ½ - 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and onion powder
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth or filtered water
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 2 spring onion stalks sliced
- 3 roma tomatoes chopped
- ½ pumpkin chopped
- coconut oil for sautéing
- Sea salt and pepper optional
- Fresh coriander chopped
- In a large crock pot/oven proof dish melt the oil and brown your chicken legs.
- While the chicken is cooking add the ground spices and chop your vegetables.
- Add all the chopped vegetables (except the green vegetable of choice if you remember), stock or water, coconut cream and seasoning if using.
- Give it a little mix around with a wooden spoon and pop in the oven for about 2 – 3 hours. Its ready when the liquid is absorbed and everything is cooked through and tender.
- Shred the meat (it will fall off the bone), remove the bones and gently mash with the back of a fork. Add freshly chopped coriander and serve.
Allergy information: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free. Paleo