Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs

With the price of food rising almost daily, I’ve been looking for new recipes to use less expensive cuts and ground meats. Ground chicken is still economical, but I didn’t have a good idea on how to use it. Then I got the Milk Street World in a Skillet book, and there was a great idea in one of my favorite cuisines. So, I made it, and it was fabulous. So good, in fact, that My Sweet Babboo declared it ‘quite tasty’, his highest award for food. You have to understand that for a chicken dish to get that review from him is extraordinary.

So, I gathered the ingredients. I did have to get some mirin, something I’ve not cooked with before. Mirin is a type of rice wine, but more syrupy with a higher sugar content and low alcohol. Find it in the international section at the grocery store. Everything else I had on hand, sesame oil, soy sauce, panko bread crumbs, garlic, ginger, an egg, grapeseed oil and chicken. I did substitute white wine that I had on hand for sake.

Green onions are chopped, then mixed with the chicken, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, pepper and an egg white.

The sauce is made by reducing the soy sauce, wine, mirin and garlic. While it reduces, divide the meat into meatballs. The recipe says to oil a baking sheet and use your oiled hands to do this. But rather than dirty up another pan, I put a piece of wax paper on the counter, and used my two-tablespoon ice cream scoop to portion out the mixture into evenly sized balls.

Slightly flatten the meatballs, the saute them in the skillet, browning them on one side then the other.

Then add the sauce, and continue to cook on medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 165º. I served them with jasmine rice and steamed broccoli on my Oriental plates.

Yes, I did download the recipe for you from the Milk Street website, click on Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs.

I have a lot more recipes I want to try from Milk Street World in a Skillet book. Milk Street has some wonderful ideas for new flavors and fun experiments in cooking. See more on the Milk Street website, some recipes are free for a short time, but a membership is inexpensive.

Are you trying new recipes with less expensive cuts these days?

11 thoughts on “Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs

  1. karenfae

    that looks good I must admit I rarely use ground chicken because of picky hubby but he might need to learn to like other than beef!

  2. Sounds good, but think I might bake the chicken balls in the oven rather than frying, as I don’t fry much of anything. It’s fun to try new recipes. Recently did a week with my daughter and we tried 5 new recipes…all meatless except one.

  3. Sylvia E. Anderson

    Your meatballs look so good, and when I saw the photo of the ingredients, I smiled, because yesterday, while shopping at my Meijer grocer, I picked up 3 packages of the one pound Perdue ground turkey for $2 dollars each. They did not have ground chicken, maybe next time.

  4. Mary

    I don’t usually use chicken as mince (ground chicken) but this sounds really tasty.
    As for looking for the cheaper cuts of meat and turning them into delicious meals, I think this is happening worldwide.
    Unfortunately, as so often happens, this will eventually make these cuts more sort after and they will become the expensive cuts. It’s just a vicious merry-go-round.
    Thankyou for this tasty addition to the menu. :))

  5. These sound very good. They look good with the rice and broccoli. I watch the meat sales like crazy and when I have a chance to get a good deal (2 for 1 pork tenderloins last week, usually about $8) I snap it up and fill the freezer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ground chicken at our stores; I’ll have to look.

  6. Cheryl

    Thanks for the inspiration! My husband bought dark meat ground turkey last week and I was stumped. I saw this and said, aha!, of course it needs to be meatballs! A quick cabinet survey showed that I didn’t have almost any of the other ingredients – and a gluten-free substitute for Panko is a tough find – so I did them with grated Pecorino Romano (LOTS), an egg and a little scoop of gf pancake mix. Most excellent, husband approved, and thanks again!

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