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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chinese Chicken Meatballs

It seems like there are lots of ingredients to these meatballs but they're actually pretty quick to put together and well worth it. I made these as a main course so I rolled the meatballs bigger but you can also make them as an  appetizer and make cocktail size meatballs. The inspiration behind these was the kilo of ground chicken I bought for Pesach but then forgot to use- coupled with the abundance of Asian ingredients I have in my house (My pantry looks like Aisle 4 at Shop-Rite, if you know what I mean). The key is to not over bake the meatballs to ensure they stay nice and moist because the chicken itself does not have that much fat which also makes this a nice low-fat alternative to beef meatballs. Enjoy!

For the meatballs:
1 kilo ground chicken
2 Tbl oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 Tbl Hoisin sauce
1 scallion, finely chopped
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 tsp grated ginger

Mix all the ingredients together taking care not to over mix so they do not toughen. Roll into balls, place on a baking sheet and bake in a oven that is pre-heated to 350 for about 15 minutes or until they are just cooked through.  Dip them in sauce and serve.

For the Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice, (optional, but I like the added flavor it gives)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup water
3 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tsp ginger, grated
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over the meatballs and serve.

4 comments:

  1. I don't understand. Your pantry is full of over-the-counter medication, tooth paste, and band-aids so you made Chinese chicken balls ??????

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  2. Really sounds delicious and not difficult to make. As you said, it's a great low fat alternative and also good for non-red-meat eaters.

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  3. I am confused-you didn't mention how long to bake the meatballs, or at what temp. Please clarify.

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  4. he said 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until done

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