How to Make Chicken Kheema for Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Chicken Kheema Recipe

Kheema is essentially minced meat and used in many dishes like curries, samosa, or cutlets. This simple Chicken kheema recipe can be prepared in no time and also be alternated with lamb or egg. Soft, tasty, and delicious, it goes well with chapatis, parathas, and rice. The soft dry curry texture is what makes it a hit with the kids. You can introduce chicken in your baby’s diet for 6 months. Start with soups and gradually introduce whole pieces of meat. Once your toddler is used to eating rice and roti, this chicken kheema will appease their palate as an accompaniment.

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:10:00
Cook Time 00:20:00
Total Time 00:30:00

Cooking Method 

Gas Stove

Type of Meal 


Suitable For 

Any toddler above 19 months of age

Meal Schedule 

Lunch or Dinner

Recipe Type 

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity and Volume
Bay Leaf 2
Cumin Seeds ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon Stick 1
Green Cardamom 2
Cloves 3
Peppercorns 2
Onions finely chopped ¾ cup
Green Chilli 1 slit
Tomato finely chopped 1
Ginger Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
Meat Masala or Garam Masala ¾ teaspoon
Mint leaves 8
Chicken (minced) 250 grams
Turmeric ¼ teaspoon
Coriander leaves 1 tablespoon
Green peas or cashews ( optional) ¼ cup
Cream or coconut milk (optional) 1/3 cup


Just follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to make chicken kheema.

  1. Heat ghee in a pan and add the bay leaf, cloves, cumin seeds, cardamom, and peppercorns. Let them sizzle.
  2. Then add the chopped onions and green chilies. Saute for a few minutes until they cook.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook until they become mushy.
  5. Add the chili powder, mint leaves, and meat masala powder. Fry until they blend well with the onion and tomato mixture. Now transfer this mixture to a plate.
  6. In the same kadhai, add bay leaf and the minced meat. Sprinkle the turmeric and salt.
  7. Cover and cook on a low flame until the meat is cooked in its water.
  8. Once cooked, add the onion-tomato mixture to the meat and mix well.
  9. Cook on a low flame until the meat and onion-tomato mixture blend well. If you are making a dry curry, then wait until all the moisture evaporates.
  10. If you want to make the curry version, add coconut milk to the mixture in the end. Alternatively, if you want to add cream, add the cooked kheema to the cream in parts and blend well.
  11. Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

Recipe Tips

This home-made chicken kheema baby food recipe can be perfected if you follow these simple tips:

  • Make sure you dice and mince the meat well. You can do it in a food processor as it will chop it finely.
  • Depending on whether you want to make the dry or gravy version, cook the meat until the moisture evaporates.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Energy 447 kCal
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Fiber 3 gms
Fat 33 gms
Cholesterol 93 mg
Sodium 117 mg
Potassium 538 mg
Sugar 4 gms
 Iron 2.1 mg
Calcium 51 mg

Health Benefits

Here are the health benefits of chicken kheema for babies.

  • Chicken is rich in protein and Vitamin B6. It is important for muscle growth in the baby.
  • The iron in chicken helps in the growth of red blood cells and the potassium keeps the blood vessels in good condition.
  • Calcium and phosphorous present in chicken is helpful for the bones.
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin C help in building immunity.
  • Vitamin B12 also called cobalamin helps in brain development.
  • The zinc and magnesium in chicken content help to develop immunity and resistance.

Buying Guide

A few essential tips to follow when sourcing ingredients for chicken kheema:

  • Buy chicken in packed form and ensure to check the expiry date before use.
  • Select chicken which is pinkish.
  • For kheema make sure you buy chicken with more breasts and flesh in it.
  • Buy ripe and firm tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Always buy organic fruits and vegetables as they are free from chemicals.

Your toddler’s health is precious and you do want to make any compromises. By serving them the best nutritional diet you are ensuring their healthier future. This chicken kheema recipe is a simple way to include vital nutrients and elements in your baby’s diet.

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