Delicious Thai Chicken Meatballs

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Are you tired of the same old meatball recipe? Look no further! Today, we’re taking a culinary journey to Thailand with a flavorful and aromatic Thai Chicken Meatballs Recipe. These bite-sized delights are packed with Thailand’s bold and spicy flavours, combining tender chicken, fragrant herbs, and a hint of spice. Whether you’re a meatball enthusiast or just looking to spice up your dinner routine, this recipe is sure to become a favourite and a rotation.
*The Inspiration Behind Thai Chicken Meatballs*
Thai cuisine is renowned for its bold and aromatic flavours, with a focus on fresh herbs, spices, and street food-style dishes. Meatballs, are a popular snack in Thailand, often made with fish or pork. In this recipe, we’re using chicken as the base, adding a twist to the traditional Thai meatball.
Ingredients
– 1 pound ground chicken
– 3/4 cup coconut flour/ 1/2 cup bread crumbs
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp fish sauce (divided)
-1 tbsp cilantro chopped
– Salt to taste
– 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste sauce or red sauce (1 bell pepper, 2 ripe medium tomatoes) blended then cooked down with 2 tbsp of oil
– 1/4 tsp turmeric
-1/2 tsp salt
– 2 cloves garlic minced
– 1 tsp ginger minced
– 1/2 tsp curry powder
– 1/2 tsp red chilli peppers
– 1/4 tsp cayenne
– 1/4 tsp ground cumin
– 1 small onion (chopped)
– 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
– 1/2 cup water
– 1.5 tsp sugar
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
– Olive oil, or any choice of oil for frying
*The Recipe*
1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, coconut four, 1 tbsp fish sauce, egg, cilantro, salt, and pepper then mix everything with your hands until just combined. Place it in the fridge for 10 minutes to form.
2. Use your hands to shape the mixture into small meatballs. You should end up with around 30-35 meatballs.
3. Heat oil onto a non-stick pan then add the meatballs (don’t overcrowd the skillet) and fry until golden brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining meatballs. Don’t worry if it is not fully cooked, it’ll continue cooking in the final step
4. Remove the meatballs from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
5. In the same pan, add onions, and cook until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
6. Add red paste if using or the red tomato sauce
7. Add the rest of the spices, i.e. turmeric, curry powder, red chilli peppers, cayenne, cumin, sugar, salt and pepper.
8. Add in the coconut milk and water and mix well. Place the meatballs back into the pan and cover.
9. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Garnish and serve
9. Serve the Thai Chicken Meatballs hot, garnished with cilantro over preferred cooked rice.

Delicious Thai Chicken Meatballs

These bite-sized chicken meatballs are packed with Thailand's bold and spicy flavours, combining tender chicken, fragrant herbs, and spice.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4
Calories 441 kcal

Ingredients
  

For meatball mix

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour or 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil or oil of choice for frying
  • 1 tbsp red curry Thai paste or red sauce (1 bell pepper, 2 ripe medium ripe tomatoes) blended and then cooked down with 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk full-fat
  • 1/2 cup water can be eliminated if your coconut milk is not thick enough. Repace with an additional half cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cilantro fresh

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, coconut four, 1 tbsp fish sauce, egg, cilantro, salt, and pepper then mix everything with your hands until just combined. Place it in the fridge for 10 minutes to form.
  • Use your hands to shape the mixture into small meatballs. You should end up with around 30-35 meatballs.
  • Heat oil onto a non-stick pan then add the meatballs (don't overcrowd the skillet) and fry until golden brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining meatballs. Don't worry if it is not fully cooked, it'll continue cooking in the final step
  • Remove the meatballs from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  • In the same pan, add onions, and cook until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
  • Add red paste if using or the red tomato sauce
  • Add the rest of the spices, i.e. turmeric, curry powder, red chilli peppers, cayenne, cumin, sugar, 1 tbsp of fish sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Add in the coconut milk and water and mix well. Place the meatballs back into the pan and cover.
  • Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Garnish and serve
  • Serve the Thai Chicken Meatballs hot, garnished with cilantro over preferred cooked rice.

Notes

Please note that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary slightly based on the products used in the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 24gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 779mgPotassium: 726mgFiber: 9gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 730IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Creamy Chicken, Ground chicken
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*Tips and Variations*
– For an extra crispy exterior, you can coat the meatballs in a mixture of cornstarch and spices before frying.
– If you prefer a lighter version, you can bake the meatballs at 400°F (200°C) instead of frying.
– Experiment with different herbs and spices, such as lemongrass or chilli flakes, to give the meatballs an extra boost of flavour.
*Conclusion*
These Thai Chicken Meatballs are a flavorful and aromatic twist on the classic meatball recipe. With the bold and spicy flavours, these bite-sized delights are sure to become a favourite in your household. Whether you’re a meatball enthusiast or just looking to spice up your dinner routine, this recipe is a must-try. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy the delicious flavours of Thailand in every bite!

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