Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame




When you think of meatballs, you probably associate them with beef - but wait, this is not always the case! This beef stigma has buried meatballs inside the depths of spaghetti sauces everywhere. I was reading through the Real Simple magazine at the gym the other day and came across this great, chicken-based meatball recipe.

This is actually one of the few ground chicken recipes that I have experimented with, and must tell you that it's a little slimy. It helps to moisten your hands with warm water when sculpting the meatballs. Overall this was a great, healthy, Asian-inspired dish that can be quickly thrown together and opens itself to a variety of vegetable add-ins. We decided to add some cilantro to the meatballs - feel free to omit if you're not a fan. Just be sure you do not overcook the meatballs. We accidentally forgot about them for a couple minutes and they got a little dry.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, halved crosswise (3 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

  1. Cook the rice according to directions on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, scallions, cilantro, and ginger. Shape into 16 meatballs.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs, turning, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the peas and edamame. Cook, tossing, for 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to skillet.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and sugar. Add to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve over the rice.

36 comments:

Chef E said...

Okay I wish I was as food savvy as you two at your age...boy would I have eaten good all the time!

Jolita said...

Well, this looks so good!!! I've already bookmarked in my 'to do' list!!! Thanks for sharing!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This is a great idea, making chicken teriyaki meatballs instead of the ususal chicken teriyaki...

Gloria said...

Guys, this look spectacular for me and the kids! Im sure, always want made something with Teriyaky sauce and this recipe is so nice, thanks by share, xxgloria

Mary said...

What a fine looking meal and in the great scheme of things it's also easy to do. That easy and delicious combo gets me every time.

petite nyonya said...

Your meals always impress me so much! The chicken meatball sounds deliciously good, esp with the flavor of teriyaki sauce.

Grace said...

you're right, i do associate meatballs with beef, but that's not to say that i wouldn't love these! also, not only is edamame fun to say, but it's now one of my favorite beans--nice touch. :)

dada said...

I love your meatballs, fresh and tasty... I'm hungry now

Kerstin said...

Ground chicken is really wet - I was so surprised when I used it for the first time because I was expecting it to be more like ground turkey.

Love your meatballs - they look super tasty!

Erica said...

I love experimenting with different meatball recipes for Josh! I've done one with soy sauce and next up is buffalo sauce! These sound terrific as well! Great complete dinner. Hope you two had a great weekend

Leslie said...

"slimey meatballs" lol They do look mighty tasty

Karine said...

Such a great combo! I also love the meatballs with different varieties of meat!

Juliana said...

Oh! Chicken meatballs, love the idea...the meatballs look very yummie! Great plate with edamame and rice...I am getting very hungry :-)

lisaiscooking said...

I don't eat red meat, so I actually always make meatballs with ground chicken. This sounds like a great flavor twist!

Elra said...

Your chicken balls look superb!

Jennifer said...

This is soooo perfect for me right now! I bought some ground chicken on sale this week but have yet to decide a way to make that is husband-approved! Cant wait! Thanks!

Heavenly Housewife said...

I also look at cooking magazines at the gym lol!!!!!!!!
Looks yummy.

Olga said...

LOVE the first photo!
I also enjoy making chicken meatballs especially with Asian flavors.

Cherie said...

You guys sure know how to combine healthy with delicious!

doggybloggy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - so which one of you shares this day with me?

Jennie said...

YUMMY! I love chicken meatballs. Turkey too! Looks delish!

Aggie said...

I totally know what you mean about slimey!!

This looks like such a tasty recipe! I would never think to make them teryiaki style, and I love edamame!!

girlichef said...

What a healthy and delicious looking meal! YUmmY :D

Sylvia said...

I prefer chicken to beef. The recipe sounds light and delicious

Barbara said...

Wow! Those look wonderful.

Megan said...

I think a certain boyfriend of mine would love it if I made those meatballs. The whole dish looks amazing!

Debbie said...

Great idea and recipe. I would love to try this. Different than the usual meatballs.

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

What a fun dish. I've never made chicken balls, I've never thought of using this kind of meat this way. So pretty!

Emily said...

I would prefer these over traditional meatballs. They look fabulous!

Teanna said...

I LOVE chicken meatballs and I am SO loving the flavors in these!

Hornsfan said...

These look great, I haven't thought to use asian flavors for meatballs but can't wait to give this a try. I've been doing turkey meatballs recently instead of beef and find the texture to be a little different (when raw) too - probably similar to the chicken.

Amanda said...

It looks absolutely delicious, your photos are fab!

Sweet and Savory said...

Congrats on your move. It is exciting but loads of hard work.

Thanks for this recipe. It is my kind of food and you show it in such a spectacular way.

Sara said...

I am in love with this. I don't think I have ever made a meatball that didn't end up in some sort of pasta sauce. I can't wait to try these out!

My Little Space said...

My mouthwatering! Those chicken meat ball looks so good.

Kevin said...

Teriyaki anything is one of my favorites. That meals looks really light and tasty and healthy.

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