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Chicken Meatballs

2010 February 25
by taiyyaba
Baked Chicken Meatballs

This was part of another phenomenal “afternoon tea” sessions, which are quickly turning into “try every recipe we can in 5 hours” sessions. (Thanks to Ayesha, Sara, Amy, Maryam, and Samra for a great afternoon!) These chicken meatballs were accompanied by Ayesha’s butternut squash risotto and some homemade marinara sauce.

Baked Chicken Meatballs
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

I’m sure you can read SK’s instructions just as well as I can, so I’ll just tell you what I did differently. We made a double batch, so the measurements described should probably be halved if you’re only using one pound of chicken (unless you like it extra spicy!)

Baked Chicken Meatballs

My additions and changes: I’ve made this with turkey bacon and without, and both are very flavorful, so I did not find the bacon necessary. To the meatball mixture, I added 1 tablespoon chipotle and about 1-2 rounded tsp each cumin and coriander. The smokiness of these spices is enough to make up for the lack of pancetta/turkey bacon.

I also complied with SK’s “accident” of adding tomato paste to the meat mixture itself. It added an extra punch and smooth texture to the meatballs, and I highly repeating following this mistake! [Update: I’ve substituted ketchup when I’ve been out of tomato paste, and it’s great inside and rubbed on top without oil]

Notice that, for one batch, SK uses 3 slices of bread soaked in milk. I actually used the same amount for two batches. It was moist enough without having to add another 3 slices of bread. Also, I think I forgot to add the egg, but it still came out perfectly. Also, I’ve made this without breadcrumbs when Ameir and I started low-carbing it – I added a little extra tomato paste/ketchup for the moisture, and it still worked! It is a very forgiving recipe!

Baked Chicken Meatballs

These really are delicious and easy meatballs – easy for a weeknight supper or a party. Try them!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010

    Looks great. I probably would’ve finished 1/2 of that tray myself. Just a warning for you Taiyyaba, be careful about where you get your Turkey bacon. General stores can carry Turkey bacon, and although it’s made with turkey, it still has pork fat or flavoring to make it taste similar to real bacon. I told this to Ian, he didn’t believe me, so I showed it to him at Lowes under the ingredients… and he was quite upset at me. However, since you eat halal, I’m guessing you get the T-bacon from the halal groceries as well.

  2. admin permalink*
    February 25, 2010

    Sahid – thanks for the comment and for the caution. That certainly is something to watch out for. I buy halal turkey bacon from Al-Medina, but it’s good to know. I really hate the sneak-attacks in pre-packaged foods in general, especially alcohol and pork. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. February 26, 2010

    Oops… I just realized I said Lowes. Haha… I meant Whole food 😛

  4. Sana permalink
    March 10, 2010

    I tried these today…Ibraheem and I really liked them 🙂

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