There are so many flavourful ingredients at play here and all of them get along beautifully. You can taste the garlic and the ginger in the chicken meatballs. The cilantro-jalapeño sauce is a dream! The use of pickled jalapeños adds a delicious tangy twist to it that is worth trying. The sauce has just a hint of spiciness, it's all about the flavour. Serve with plain white rice and a simple salad which will add freshness and textures to an already perfect dish.
-500g ground chicken
-1 ¼ cup breadcrumbs
-2cm grated ginger
-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp ground coriander
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-Olive oil for brushing
1 In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of breadcrumbs and all the spices.
2 In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken with one cup of breadcrumbs with a fork.
3 Add the breadcrumbs and spice mix to the chicken and evenly distribute.
4 Add the egg, olive oil, crushed garlic and grated ginger and mix well with your hands until everything comes together.
5 Take about two tablespoons worth of the mixture and make the meatballs.
6 Preheat the oven to 200°C
7 Place the chicken meatballs on a baking tray lined with baking paper. We recommend lightly brushing the meatballs with olive oil. This makes them golden and crispy on the outside while nice and soft inside.
8 Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown. Let them rest for a few minutes once out from the oven.
-1 Whole Pickled Jalapeño La Costeña, stem removed
-1 bunch of fresh coriander
-½ fresh jalapeño (optional)
-1 garlic clove
-½ cup creme fraiche
-1 tsp powder vegetable seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste.
1 Blend all the ingredients, except the salt until smooth. Taste and add salt if needed.
2 Cook the sauce in a small-medium saucepan with no oil. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
- Plain rice and a simple salad are the perfect way to enjoy these meatballs and sauce. They are so tasty that they don't need anything else but a simple side to make it a perfect meal.
- This sauce has so much potential! We can see it working perfectly well over salmon, tuna steaks, pork, chicken and even a vegetarian dish. The tomatillos and pickled jalapeños are a fantastic flavourful combo.
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