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Chinese chicken balls

4
4
4
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
55 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
40 min
Serves
12
Difficulty
Easy
Here’s an Asian twist on a member favourite. Great hot or at room temperature, with just a drizzle of sauce or baked inside a crescent roll crust.*

Ingredients

Peanut oil

1¼ tbsp(s)

Garlic clove(s)

3 clove(s), medium, minced

Ginger root

¼ cup(s), fresh, minced

Fresh mushroom(s)

1½ cup(s), finely diced

Uncooked scallion(s)

1½ cup(s), chopped

Low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp(s)

Sherry cooking wine

2 tbsp(s)

Cilantro

½ cup(s), fresh, minced

Uncooked 93% lean ground chicken

2 pound(s)

Apricot preserves

¼ cup(s)

Water

2 tbsp(s)

Fresh lime juice

1½ tbsp(s)

Fish sauce

1½ tbsp(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-hole muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add ginger; cook for 1 minute more. Add mushrooms; stir to combine, scrapping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Add soy sauce and sherry to deglaze skillet; cook for about 5 minutes more. Add scallions; cook until wilted. Add cilantro; turn off heat.
  3. Place chicken in a mixing bowl; add mushroom mixture and combine thoroughly. Fill each muffin hole with about 1/2 cup of chicken mixture shaped into a ball with your hands (or you can use a large ice cream scoop to shape balls, if desired).
  4. Bake until juices bubble up clear, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, to prepare dipping sauce, in a small bowl, combine preserves, water, lime juice and fish sauce.
  6. Serve chicken balls with dipping sauce on the side. Yields 1 chicken ball and about 2 teaspoons sauce per serving.

Notes

*To bake chicken balls in rolls, unroll reduced-fat crescent roll dough; separate dough along perforations. Place the large section of each triangular piece of dough inside muffin holes and leave long flap hanging over side. Fill dough with about a 1/2 cup ball of chicken mixture and wrap long flap of dough over top of ball. Bake at 350°F until juices bubble up clear and dough is golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Will affect SmartPoints® values.