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Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies for Baby + A Blogiversary

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for Baby | Homemade baby food using a slow cooker! Meal prep for baby, too.

Perry’s Plate turns eight years old today! That’s how old my first born is. She was almost the same age as this little guy when I started blogging. . .

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for Baby | Homemade baby food using a slow cooker! Meal prep for baby, too.

Gah. I can’t even believe it’s been that long. This place has changed so much over the years, as well as our nutritional philosophy. I’ve also never known what it is like to run a blog without babies or small children underfoot.

Speaking of babies, did you know the secret to getting a baby to sleep well at night (well, THIS baby) is to feed him dinner, then breastfeed, then right before bed feed him some slow-cooked shredded meat and then breastfeed one more time and then — POW. Out for the night. I kid you not.

Shredded meat happens to be my little guy’s favorite thing to eat. (Along with clementines, sweet potatoes, marinated cucumbers and anything that resembles bread. He also loves sips of La Croix sparkling water and foraging under the kitchen table — *cough* 4th child.)

He loves all of it, but particularly shredded beef with Mexican-type flavors. He’ll fit in nicely here.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for Baby | Homemade baby food using a slow cooker! Meal prep for baby, too.

I’ve been using my slow cookers a lot lately, and it has made dinner prep SO much easier knowing there’s little to do right before we eat. It’s a lovely feeling — like someone has been cooking for you all day.

It never occurred to me until recently that I could use my 2.5 quart slow cooker to make a pot of food for the baby to eat all week. My little guy is a great eater — when I can keep him from throwing it everywhere. I thought for a while he was being picky, but really, he just likes to play in his food.

He loved this shredded chicken and vegetables I made for him — except the zucchini. Not a fan . . . yet.

If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for Baby

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for Baby

Homemade baby food using a slow cooker! You can change up the vegetables and seasoning however you like. Using a slow cooker makes homemade baby food a snap. You can even puree it if your baby doesn't have teeth -- and it preserves the nutrients much better than boiling vegetables.


  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon no-salt seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon of melted ghee or coconut oil


  1. Put the carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes in a 2 or 3 quart slow cooker. Rub the chicken with the seasoning blend and sea salt. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
  2. Pour the chicken broth along the side of the cooker and drizzle the chicken with the ghee.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours until the chicken is very tender and pulls apart easily with a fork.
  4. Remove the chicken and vegetables and dice them as small as you need to for your baby to eat.
  5. Serve warm. Store the leftovers chilled in an airtight container.


Nat's Notes:

1. You can substitute any vegetables that have a similar cooking time, like other root vegetables, squash, or potatoes.
2. I used chicken thighs because they have a higher fat content and are more moist and soft when cooked. Fat = good for babies.


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Monday 18th of January 2021

What seasoning blend do you recommend?

Natalie Perry

Saturday 30th of January 2021

Any mild seasoning, like Italian seasoning, all-purpose seasoning (like a no-salt blend), or any herb-based seasoning that doesn't have chili powder or any other hot spice.


Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi! How would I do this instant pot way? I have a 6 quart duo nova instant pot. I’d love to make this for my 7 month old tonight, I’ve already bought all the ingredients and then I realized it says 4-5 hours in a slow cooker :(

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi Khloe! You can definitely do it in your Instant Pot! Just add 2/3 cup of broth instead so it pressurizes, and put it on the manual setting for 8 minutes.


Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Also, she has no teeth yet really and is still basically a beginner. She hasn’t had chicken yet. Just meatballs ...


Thursday 13th of December 2018

For the week, are you reheating in the Microwave or on the hob?


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

I would Never microwave my babies food. @Michael,

Natalie Perry

Saturday 15th of December 2018

I don't have a microwave in my kitchen, so i use a pan on the stove, but you can use a microwave if you want.

Michelle C

Friday 3rd of August 2018

I will check out the mashes you suggested. I just made the chicken thighs again tonight. Thank you again for the recipes.

Michelle C

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

"Wasn't this a dainty dish to set before the king?"

Thank you so much my picky 1 year old son LOVED this.

Thank you so much!

Do you have more baby foodish recipes?

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

I'm so glad you all enjoyed it! I don't have any more specifically targeted for babies, but I do have a cauliflower mash and some squash/root vegetable mashes that are great for babies. You can find those in the Sides/Salads section of my Recipe Index.

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