Thursday, 19 March 2015

Zesty lemon grass chicken balls


Zesty Lemon Grass Chicken Balls

I am really into lemon grass at the moment.  I love the fresh and zesty flavour it gives to any dish, and the fragrance when you cut it up, so good.   I'm finding myself scanning recipes and menus for lemon grass to try to get my fix.

Don't be scared to use lemon grass.  You can find it at any supermarket or green grocer.  It is much cheaper at my fruit and vegetable shop compared to Woolworths or Coles.  You only use the bottom white part in most dishes and it doesn't need any special preparation.  Just finely slice and chop.

If you can't find fresh lemon grass you can (and I have) use the lemon grass paste that you can find in the fresh produce refrigerator at the supermarket.  You use two tablespoons as the equivalent for one stem.

Zesty Lemon Grass Chicken BallsZesty Lemon Grass Chicken Balls
I sometimes make these as chicken burgers, other times I make them smaller and serve them as an appetizer with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.

I made these slightly bigger and served them with noodles and vegetables.


Zesty Lemon Grass Chicken Balls


Lemongrass Chicken Meatballs

slightly adapted from Bill Granger's Thai Chicken Burgers


Yield: 20 small balls

Ingredients
  • 600g chicken breast mince
  • 80g dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 lemongrass stem (white part only) finely chopped or 2 tbsp fresh lemongrass paste
  • zest of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • small bunch of green herbs (I used parsley)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine chicken mince, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, lemon grass, parsley, fish sauce and caster sugar in large bowl. Mix well with hands and roll into small balls. 
  2. Heat oil in fry pan and cook chicken balls over medium heat until golden.
  3. Serve with dipping sauce as a appetizer or with noodles and vegetables to make a more complete meal.
Do you prefer beef or chicken meatballs?

Linking up with Fabulous Foodie Fridays

Keep smiling
Dani

19 comments :

  1. Yum! I've never used Lemon grass before, but we regularly make chicken burgers and balls so I will certainly try it next time.

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    1. Give it a go, I'd love to hear if you like the flavour.

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  2. These sound yummy, I really like chicken meatballs but more often have beef. I'm going to give these a try. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy.

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  3. Oh now don't these sound amazing. I make a miso pork meat balls the kids go nuts over, to the point my daughter makes me make extra so she can take to school lunch. So I have a funny feeling these will be a massive hit, seeming they love all things chicken!
    The lemony scent of lemon grass is the added bonus for me... Divine!

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    1. Those pork meatballs sound great, is the recipe on your blog? The lemon grass scent always makes me stop for a few moments to take it in too.

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  4. Yummy. I prefer chicken. I'm already imaginig your recipe with fresh ginger and basil instead of lemongrass that i don't have right now in my fridge! haha. Always changing recipes. Sorry. xx cathy

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    1. A recipe is made to be changed and I love your thinking!

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  5. These look delicious - and toddler friendly - so I'll be whipping up a batch shortly! Stopping by from the #FFF link up :)

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    1. I hope your toddler approves, mine certainly does!

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  6. Lovely photos! I really like the vibrant ingredients in the background.
    I don't think I've ever cooked with lemongrass but I had it in a stirfry the other night and I'm definitely a fan.

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    1. Thanks Nicole, it was a few quick shots before the hungry hordes returned hungry from swimming lessons so I'm glad I got an appealing shot. It makes me feel exotic when I cook with lemongrass and I tend to store a stalk in the freezer ready to have on hand when the mood strikes.

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  7. Pinning this to try on the kids. Thanks, Danielle. x

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    1. Thanks Bron, I hope the kids enjoy x

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  9. Yum, I actually have lemon grass in my garden so will have to try this recipe this week. Looks like a perfect work lunch

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    1. I actually haven't ever made this for a work lunch and now I can't believe I haven't thought of it before, thanks for the tip!

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  10. I have a big patch of lemongrass in the veggie patch, it would be perfect for this. Thanks! #FFF

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    1. I've never thought to put lemongrass in the veggie patch, what an inspired idea! What climate does it need?

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