Creamy Provençal Chicken

Creamy Provençal Chicken

Bring the flavours of the south of France into your baby’s meals with this creamy provençal chicken dish, made with fresh organic chicken breasts, creamy cheese, and aromatic herbs de Provence.

When my son started solids we were visiting family in Italy. It was then that I decided to embrace the Mediterranean diet for babies. Once I was able to get past the initial skepticism this particular approach to starting solids, I actually discovered that it was more effective, and consequently much easier to implement on a daily basis.

Creamy Provencal Chicken

Fast forward almost two years, and this time around I feel prepared and much more confident in the kitchen. I’ve been reminiscing about my past experience with introducing solids to my son, now that my 6 month old daughter has started her solid food journey. My son was a keener, but my daughter not so much. She’s been lazy in her infancy to say the least – sleeping 4-5 hours every afternoon plus keeping to a routine 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. sleep schedule. (Yes, we’ve been lucky!). She likes to sit and play, sleep, and eat. While my son was literally reaching for our spoons at 4 months, my daughter has shown much less eagerness to start solids – once again, most likely due to a combination of routine and laziness! Introducing solids to her was slightly more of a challenge however, she did catch on quick and has trumped her brother in terms of her ravenous appetite!

Preparing homemade baby food can seem disconcerting however, if you incorporate baby’s meals into your family’s meals then you can kill two birds with one stone – leaving you with no excuses as to why you do not have the time or energy to prepare homemade  baby food. Take for example this recipe for creamy Provençal chicken, which was the result of preparing some sautéed chicken breasts for dinner for the family. I was inspired to create a baby-friendly version that my daughter could enjoy too. I simply set aside a portion for her then pureed it with some broth, cheese, and herbs de Provence, which are reminiscent of my time spent living in Nice, France. The combination of flavours is unique yet not too overpowering, and just a touch goes a long way.

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If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Creamy Provençal Chicken

2013-03-26
: 1 portion
: 5 min
: 15 min

Bring the flavours of the south of France into your baby’s meals with this creamy provençal chicken dish, made with fresh organic chicken breasts, creamy cheese, and aromatic herbs de Provence. When my son started solids we were visiting family in Italy. It was then that I decided to embrace the Mediterranean diet for babies. …

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Creamy Provençal Chicken
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Ingredients
    1 organic chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup homemade vegetable broth or low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 piece Laughing Cow cheese or 1 oz other soft cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. herbs de Provence (store-bought or see recipe below to make your own blend)
  • *You can also add 1/2 tsp. of one spice-thyme and marjoram work very well with chicken!
Directions

Herbs de Provence Spice Mix
Mix equal parts dried savoury, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, and fennel. You can always add more of your favourite herb or omit one, if you prefer. Note: Fresh herbs have a more pungent flavour than dried herbs. Once your baby has developed a taste for herbs and spices you can substitute the dried herbs for fresh herbs.

Using a large knife, slice the chicken breast into 1/2 inch thick pieces lengthwise. Slicing the chicken thinly allows the pieces to cook faster and more evenly.

In a medium frying pan, heat oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and spices and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until the chicken is lightly browned and the juice runs clear. (It is preferable to have chicken overcooked rather than under-cooked. It can be re-hydrated once you blend it with the broth and cheese.)

Allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes. Once cooled add to food processor with the cheese and pulse for 1-2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of broth and puree until smooth and creamy. Continue to add broth, one tablespoon at a time until you get the desired consistency. Serve on its own or with small pasta, quinoa or rice.

1 thought on “Creamy Provençal Chicken”

  • Monica 6 years ago

    It all looks so tasty – your littles are so lucky to have you as a mama!

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