Chicken Balls with Cheese

My Favourite Chicken Recipes

Chicken Balls with Cheese myfavouritepastime.comWhat does the ground (minced) chicken look like in your corner of the world? Ours here, is mushy and disgusting. I have seriously been thinking of buying a mincer. Maybe, I could then buy boneless skinless chicken and mince it myself.

I made these meatballs, yesterday for dinner and everyone loved them. I hope they will appeal to you too. Summer holidays are over, kids are back to school so maybe now I can keep a regular blogging schedule? who knows???? I have missed all my blogging buddies and all my followers too. Don’t worry, you are all deeply lodged in my mind and I think about you all, every single day. I wish you all, the best of autumn or should I call it fall??? And if you’re somewhere with lots of sunshine, please send me some. It’s grey and kind of cold, here, today.

Chicken Balls with Cheese myfavouritepastime.com

Chicken Balls with Cheese

Preparation Time: 30 minutes; Cooking Time:  Makes: 25-35 meatballs depending on size.

Ingredients

  • 500g (1Ib) ground (minced) chicken
  • 1 cup freshly made breadcrumbs (chop 2 slices of bread in a chopper)
  • 100g cheese diced into 1/2 inch cubes (I used Gouda with Jalapeño)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Paste Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • a handful, coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts or any other soft nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste (for 500g meat)

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (125ml)  white wine (I used Riesling Gewurztraminer)
  • 1 x 400ml (13.5fl.oz) Coconut milk
  • 1 x 540ml (19fl oz) can white (cannellini) beans, drained
  • a handful coriander leaves (cilantro), shredded

Instructions

  1. To make the paste: Combine all ingredients for paste in a small chopper and chop until smooth.
  2. Combine the ground chicken, fresh breadcrumbs and paste in bowl. Mix thoroughly, with a spoon or fork until combined. Form into 25-35 chicken balls placing the diced cheese in the middle. (I made 33 small meatballs)
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet on the stove top and brush with oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Set aside. (please note meatballs are partially cooked at this stage)
  4. To make the sauce: heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft. Add the paprika and cook for about a minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and wine and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the white beans, bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Check seasoning, add the coriander leaves (cilantro) and serve on a bed of rice or with pasta.

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16 thoughts on “Chicken Balls with Cheese

  1. Looks fabulous. Gouda with jalapeño, right up my alley. I have the grinder attachment for my mixer and use it for chicken, though it’s been a while. Time to dig it out of the cupboard again.

    1. I just have the little hand mixer so no grinder attachment. I guess I shall continue eating this mushy chicken until something else comes by. It tasted very nice.
      Liz

  2. I thought perhaps you weren`t blogging anymore then I discovered when I upgraded to Windows 10, I had lost a lot of my old programs and connections!!!! Decided to check in to see and voila! Good going Liz. I hear you about the disgusting looking ground chicken, perhaps at least if you grind it yourself, you will at least know what it is and what`s in it! We have been in drastic drought out here – all summer, since early June it has been hot and no rain to speak of. Now the weather man is promising rain for the next 5 days at least so I guess I will have to tackle a mound of ironing. Oh, wait, I could always make some of your mouthwatering recipes! They are the best. Nice to touch base with you again, hope you and family are well! Did you just have a birthday? Belated greetings if so.

    1. Hi my dear friend.
      I hope you had the much promised rain and you finished your huge mound of ironing. I hate ironing so I do selective ironing only when necessary.I have just posted some cheese cake I baked in 2013. How funny. I’m trying to go through the thousands of photos I own, just to make sure nothing was overlooked. I found at least six forgotten recipes, so far. I hope fall has started on a good note for you. It’s still quite warm here, almost bordering on hot. I have just made a fruit cake. It’s cooling. I hope it will taste nice. Wish you all the best, Sandy!
      Liz

  3. I know exactly what you mean about the ground chicken, which is why I just use my food processor to do my own grinding. It works just as well and is easier than pulling out my meat grinder from the basement! Love that you added beans to the dish! Nice!

  4. Hi There My Friend – I, too, haven’t posted in quite awhile. I hadn’t planned to ‘take the summer off’ but it just worked out that way. This recipe looks sooo good – I’m ‘pinning it’, as always!!

  5. Hi there my friend. I haven’t posted since June… I hadn’t planned to ‘take the summer off’ but that seems to be what happened. I hope you had a nice summer! It’s so warm outside that it feels that summer is not yet over. ++ This recipe looks awesome – ‘pinning it’ – as always.

    1. I had a lovely summer. Spent time drinking smoothies and BBQuing meat. It was awesome. Now fall is here and the nights can be quite cold, sometimes. Great time for baking breads and making some hearty soups, of course!
      Liz

  6. Sending Seattle sun wishes and greetings your way! I wondered if you were still posting…very glad. And still cooking great stuff I see or did you go on a cooking break?

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