Mandarin chicks

Easter is just around the corner so it’s time to get knee deep in chicks, eggs and rabbits!!

Fortunately there are so many alternatives to chocolate and it’s great to have a few up your sleeve in case you have to whip out a special plate. I have created these mandarin chicks using the juicy, sweet fruit available at this time of year.

Simple to make and already portion controlled, they make the perfect fun food share plate (or just make one for that special person).



  • mandarins
  • red apple
  • raisins


Step 1 Pull off three joined mandarin segments to make the head of the chick. Then leave half the segments for the body (exact number depends on segment size!).

Carefully slice a little off the bottom of the body and head portions so they don’t rock and roll about.

Step 2 Place the heads on the chicks.

Step 3 Poke two little eye holes in the head and insert the sliced ends of a raisin for eyes.

Step 4 Slice off the cheeks of a red apple and use it to fashion detail. Firstly, a triangular beak.

You will have to make a careful slit with a knife before inserting the piece of apple.

Step 5 Then cut wing shapes from the apple. Slice off the corner next to the head so they fit snugly.

They balance quite well on the mandarin if they are flat on the bottom.

Step 6 Make apple feet and a triangular crest.

The crest can be inserted into a small knife cut. The feet just rest against the body.

Step 7 I decorated with some leftover mandarin and apple.

Happy Easter!!


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find
inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids
big and small. Judith describes her mission as
“how to present healthy food creatively so it is
delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids
can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole
grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor
parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and
working on a budget.

First published: Apr 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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