Apricot Chicken Balls with Coconut Cornflake Crumb

  • Servings : 12 balls
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m

Harry just loves apricots. So while we wait for them to come back in season I thought I might and experiment with some beautiful organic dried apricots. Apricot and chicken go wonderfully together, I am sure everyone has enjoyed an apricot chicken casserole in their time, but I wanted to add a touch of crunch and make a lunch time snack Harry could feed himself.

These were a huge hit, we could barely take the photo as little hands kept pinching them off the plate.

Note: these are great without the crumb too. 

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  • 1¼ cups salt reduced cornflakes* (we used gluten free)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 free range chicken thighs
  • ½ cup chopped sweet potato
  • 10 dried apricots, halved
  • *Note: regular cornflakes are high in salt and contain gluten


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. -

Step 2

In a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to the boil. Add the sweet potato and boil for around 3 minutes, or until tender. -

Step 3

In the meantime, using a food processor, process the chicken until well minced. Add the sweet potato, apricots and 1/4 cup of the cornflakes and blend until well combined. Roll tablespoon sized balls of chicken mixture.

Step 4

Crush the remaining 1 cup of cornflakes, add the coconut and parmesan and mix in a shallow bowl. Dip each ball into the egg and then roll in the cornflakes mixture. -

Step 5

Bake the balls for around 30 minutes, or until the chicken in cooked through and the crumbs are golden. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jane on November 27, 2012

    My toddler loved these. I couldn’t find my dried apricots, so used prunes instead and it was a hit.

  2. posted by Jackie on October 4, 2013

    My 14 month old son loved this recipe. He kept pointing at them saying ‘that’ until I gave him more! It is a a really nice variation on the traditional apricot chicken.

    • posted by Allie on October 4, 2013

      Hi Jackie, thanks for your comment, it’s so lovely to hear your little one loved them 🙂 Ax

  3. posted by Annette Creighton on February 20, 2014

    Do you mince chicken raw.

    • posted by Allie on February 24, 2014

      Hi Annette, yes you do mince it raw. The 30 minutes cooking time cooks the chicken (continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through). Ax

  4. posted by Andrea Lehane on March 3, 2014

    can these be frozen at all?

    • posted by Allie on March 28, 2014

      Yes, perhaps freeze raw before adding the crumb for a more moist/crisp result when re-heating? Ax

  5. posted by Jennifer on December 6, 2022

    Hi. I wanted to make these for Christmas Eve. Do you think they would taste just as good if I made them the day before and reheated them the next day?


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