Chicken Meatballs and Spicy Peanut Sauce
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- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1⁄2 cup plain breadcrumbs, I used a combo of fresh and dry
- 1⁄2 cup finely diced onion
- 1⁄2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 1⁄3 cup cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste this adds heat
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons grated ginger, divided 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup light coconut milk, I used regular
- 1⁄3 cup chunky peanut butter, I used plain
- 1 cup chicken broth, low sodium if desired
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, low sodium if desired
- 1 -2 tablespoon sambal oelek, for added heat (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons cilantro (to garnish)
- 2 tablespoons scallions, sliced for garnish
- 3 cups cooked basmati rice
- In a large bowl, combine onion*, red pepper*, cilantro, egg, salt, cayenne and 1 teaspoon of the ginger, then add bread crumbs and chicken, combine well with spoon or hands. *I pulsed the pepper and onion in the food processor until fine, then used a paper towel blotting to remove excess moisture.
- Mix well and form into 20 meatballs. I used a 1/8 C measure or medium cookie scoop.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Add half the meatballs and brown on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total; remove to a plate. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, if necessary, and remaining meatballs; set aside. Drain off any excess oil.
- In same pan, combine coconut milk, peanut butter, chicken broth, soy sauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon ginger and Sambal Oelek if using. Stir constantly over medium heat to melt peanut butter.
- Bring to a simmer and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until slightly thickened. Add meatballs to sauce, cover pan and cook 5 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. I let them simmer for about 30 minutes. Check for seasoning.
- Serve meatballs and peanut sauce over rice. Garnish with cilantro and green onion, if desired.
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This made a very quick dinner, especially as I had prepared the meatballs in the morning. I made half the meatballs, but the full quantity of the sauce - Mr Grumpy likes really saucy dishes, and the sauce was good not only with the meatballs and rice, but also with the Brussels sprouts I had steamed. I did add more cayenne, just to add a bit more spice
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