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    Default question about cooking chicken

    I am interested in starting meats for my LO who is almost 8 months old. I don't want to give him the stuff in jars.

    I want to start with chicken but am not sure what's the best way to cook it. Is it okay to bake it with a little olive oil (like I do for us, minus the seasoning?) Or do you just throw it in the oven plain with nothing on it at all?

    Is it okay for them to have olive oil or vegetable oil at this point?

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    Default Re: question about cooking chicken

    Get a chicken breast, bone in, with skin. Rub it with olive oil and bake it at 375 until done (about 45 min..but check the temp). When it's done, cover it for about 15 minutes (this really helps retain the juices). After it's cool, remove the skin, tear the juicy meat off the bone and serve it up.

    I put salt and pepper on the skin since I peel the skin off and it seems to help flavor it just enough.

    Re-warms great in a steamer, but never seems to be as juicy as when it's fresh.
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    So it sounds like olive oil is okay..... he has never had any food that's not pureed so I'm a little nervous about giving him something really "solid." How do you make chicken the right consistency for this age? (8 months old).

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    Yes, olive oil is fine. It really shreds apart after it's cooked, so just dice it up in little cubes and he'll be able to work it with those gums.
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    just a note for solids in general. When ds1 was small our doc told us to keep in mind that a child's esophagus is slightly smaller than a regular-sized hot dog wiener so be sure to cut the food smaller than that
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    Default Re: question about cooking chicken

    i'm super paranoid so i break into really overly tiny pieces
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    I use to "string it" for ds1. (pull it apart with two forks) that way it was easier for him to pick up, but still small enough to slide down his throat if he forgot to chew
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    Default Re: question about cooking chicken

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lovebeingmommy View Post
    So it sounds like olive oil is okay..... he has never had any food that's not pureed so I'm a little nervous about giving him something really "solid." How do you make chicken the right consistency for this age? (8 months old).
    DD is 8 months, sometimes we chop it up in a food processor until it is very tiny pieces. Then mix it in with other things like sweet potatoes. Sometimes we cut it into strips that she can gnaw on. Either way works well.

    As far as cooking I use boneless skinless thighs because they are cheaper and much more tender (fat!). You dont need oil, just put them in a frying pan until they are done.

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