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How To Make Baked Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls - Easy Toddler Recipe

Updated on November 24, 2013

Baked Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls Recipe Video

Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls Recipe for Toddlers


Before you start...

  • Prepare all pre-cooked ingredients and separate measured portions into separate containers which are easy to handle for your child.
  • A spoon and a napkin came in handy while we were preparing this dish.
  • Help your toddler helper to wash their hands with warm water and soap.
  • Set your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Baked Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls

These Baked Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls were a hit with my toddler. The recipe may take some time to prepare, however, leftovers are freezable for an easy snack or meal any time. Microwave leftovers for about 1.5 minutes for a quick meal-in-a-bite. Watch this easy how-to video to learn how to make them. Your child will love the crunch texture of these fun finger foods. My toddler helper Julius asked for seconds and thirds! They were also a hit with my husband.

  • When it's difficult to get your child to eat vegetables or meat, this recipe is a great way to sneak those healthy ingredients into their diet.
  • Adults would also love these crunchy chicken broccoli & cheese rice balls with creamy dipping sauce as a snack or H'orderves.

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Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Ball Ingredients


Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Ball Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 Cup Rice, Cooked
  • 1 Cup Chicken, Cooked & Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Broccoli, Cooked & Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/4 Cup Cheese, Shredded
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Egg, Scrambled

Instructions for Preparing the Rice Balls

  1. Set your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the following rice ball ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl (cooked rice, chicken, broccoli, cream of chicken soup, cheese, egg, salt, pepper).
  2. Regarding the chicken soup, you will use the remaining can of chicken soup in the sauce recipe below. Stir the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Set rice ball mixture aside. Next, we will make the coating to give the balls crunch and reinforce the outside.

Rice Ball Mixture


Crunchy Rice Ball Coating Ingredients


Rice Ball Coating Ingredients

  • 6 TBS Flour
  • 6 TBS Panko Crumbs
  • 6 TBS Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs Scrambled

Feel free to use a dry cereal like corn flakes in the place of the panko crumbs, which are used to add crunch.

Rice Ball Coating Instructions

  • To make the rice ball coating, mix equal parts of dry ingredients: flour, bread crumbs, and panko crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl scramble one egg.

Repeat these steps if you run out of coating, until all of the rice balls are coated.

  • Next, you will need a mini muffin pan. Set the muffin pan on a cookie sheet or inside of a casserole dish. Spray the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use a melon baller to form the balls. Pack the mixture tightly using the side of the mixing bowl. Set each rice ball on a plate.

Using a melon baller ensures that each rice ball is the same size.

Rice balls before they are coated with dry ingredients


Coated Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls


Golden brown outside coating on rice ball


Coating the Rice Balls Instructions

Now, we will coat the rice balls with the egg and dry ingredients. You may want to refer to the above video for a visual aide on this part of the recipe.

  1. First, take a rice ball and dip it in the egg wash. Do this step quickly or the rice ball will fall apart. Next, coat the rice ball evenly in the dry ingredient mixture.
  2. Repeat these steps to coat the rice balls twice.- It is optional to coat the rice balls twice. I coated my rice balls once and they turned out perfect.
  3. After you coat the rice ball, set it into the greased cookie sheet. Repeat this process until all the rice balls are coated in the muffin pan.
  4. Don't flatten the rice balls with a spoon. You want the rice balls to retain their shape. Spray the top evenly with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Place on the center rack in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes. Then, remove the rice balls from the oven and turn each ball over to brown the other side. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. The rice balls are done when the outside coating is golden brown.

Creamy Dipping Sauce Ingredients


Creamy Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Cream of Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper

Dipping sauce that is too thick. More milk needed.


Creamy Dipping Sauce Instructions

Now, we'll make the creamy dipping sauce.

  1. Put the following ingredients in a pan: cream of chicken soup, milk, salt, & pepper.
  2. Stir the ingredients together until well combined. Heat the sauce on medium for a few minutes. Do not boil.
  3. If your sauce is too thick, add more milk. See below picture for differences in consistencies. The bottom picture is the desired consistency.
  4. Spoon a few tablespoons of the sauce into a small container for each plate. Serve alongside the rice balls for the perfect compliment.

Kids and adults enjoy the dipping sauce a lot!

Perfect consistency of creamy dipping sauce


Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls with Dipping Sauce


Freeze Leftover Portions

Leftover portions can be frozen in a zip lock bag. To remove air from the bag, seal it until completely tight, insert straw and suck out excess air, & immediately seal bag tight. To reheat, put a few rice balls in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes and enjoy! :) These were a hit with both my toddler and husband.

Freeze Leftover Portions of Rice Balls


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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      These sound delicious and would even get my broccoli-hating husband to eat them! LOL I think they would go great with a garlic stir fry or egg rolls. Thank you for sharing.

    • Melinda Longoria profile image

      Melinda Longoria, MSM 4 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Bravewarrior, yes you are correct. I mean raw eggs beaten. That sounds better than scrambled eggs. LoL ;-) I will change my wording on future recipes. Sincerely, Mel

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Melinda, I love that your son helps in the kitchen. This recipe looks delicious. The balls would make great finger foods for parties.

      One question: when you say to use scrambled eggs, do you mean raw eggs beaten?