Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls

Sweet and sour chicken balls make a wonderful appetizer, dinner item or just a snack. Serve these over plain rice or noodles for dinner, or pile high in a plate with toothpics for a party starter. This dish is a great hit with kids and adults alike. Make sure you have a large quantity, as these mini delights go fast.
The sweetness of honey with the tartness of vinegar together with garlic, soy sauce and hot sauce the flavours blend in very well. You can make the chicken balls and freeze for upto 6 months. To use simply defrost and cook in the sauce and serve. Can use gound turkey, lamb or beef for this recipe.

Ingredients: makes about 25
For the chicken balls
1lb minced chicken or turkey
1 egg
3 green onions chopped fine
4 tbsp breadcrumbs
salt and chilli powder
For the sweet and sour sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2-3 tbsp tomato ketchup
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp soysauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
2-3 tbsp hot chilli sauce or 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
2-3 cloves garlic minced
1 inch ginger grated
  • Mix all the ingredients for chicken balls together and shape into 1 inch balls.
  • Deep fry or bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes till brown and cooked through. Keep aside.
  • In a saucepan mix all the ingredients for the sauce and bring to boil. Stir in the chicken balls and cook till the syrup is bubbly and clear for about 4-5 minutes.

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