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My kids loved these. What they loved more however was saying “chicken balls”. They dared me to call this post Chicken Balls, so I did! They were based on a recipe from a Coles Christmas Magazine. They called them Cheesy Chicken Balls but the older boys thought straight out chicken balls was much funnier.

Anyway, these were a test run for finger food that I want to make for Christmas Day and having received the thumbs up from the kids and me, they are now officially on the menu plan for out lunch.

They also make great lunches for the kids too.  They have taken then with some veggie sticks in a small container, but they prefer them in a wrap with mayo and salad.

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This post is part of my Christmas Planning In July 2011 series.

Chicken Balls

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams chicken mince
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup tasty cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coriander chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce

Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
    2. Finely chop onion.
    3. Finely chop coriander.
    4. Lightly beat the egg.
    5. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the chilli sauce.
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste and use hands to combine meatball mixture.
    7. Roll into small balls and place on a lined baking tray.
    8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the chicken balls are firm and have turned a golden colour.
    9. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.

Makes about 40.

Chicken Balls
 
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Recipe type: celebrations
Ingredients:
  • 500 grams chicken mince
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup tasty cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup coriander chopped
  • ½ cup sweet chilli sauce
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Finely chop onion.
  3. Finely chop coriander.
  4. Lightly beat the egg.
  5. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the chilli sauce.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and use hands to combine meatball mixture.
  7. Roll into small balls and place on a lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the chicken balls are firm and have turned a golden colour.
  9. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.
  10. Makes about 40.

Our Family Menu Plan for this week.

This week I was due to start a new monthly menu plan, but for this week and next week if needed, I am just going through the freezer and pantry and using up what we have. School holidays is a good time for me to do this as there isn’t as much running around to do.

Baking: Chocolate Slice (kids already want to cook it again!)

Monday: Fried Rice

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Satay

Wednesday: Left Overs

Thursday: Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Friday: Beef Stir Fry

Saturday: Homemade hamburgers

Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

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23 comments...read them below or add one

  • Amy July 04, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Yum! They look great and I’m in awe of you preparing for Christmas already!
    I make some chicken meatballs similar to this and put in finely grated zucchini & carrot in them to add veggies for my toddler who is a bit tricky with eating veg. I dip them in sweet & sour sauce and my toddler dips them in tomato sauce. I have also made them several times as spaghetti and meatballs or risoni & meatballs which is really yummy.
    I’m going to read your other post on Christmas prep and get inspired!
    : )

  • Megan @ Writing Out Loud July 04, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    They sound YUM!

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo July 04, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Please send me some.

    I can totally reheat them.

    Ta.

  • Sascha @ toddler tastes July 04, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    These do look divine. I might have to share this recipe in the future as my blog is all about getting toddlers to eat more than just toast, nuggets and pasta! It’s a struggle!

    Thank you. I love your blog and am so glad i stumbled upon it.

  • kristychip July 04, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Will definitely give these a go for my fussy little 2 yr old…

    And yeah, the post title caught my eye… gave me a little giggle! ; )

  • Brooke July 04, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    As usual, they look super yummy. I once read a book called “You Gotta Have Balls” (by Lily Brett). Totally awesome book but a little embarrassing to read on the train! It all makes sense once you read it.

  • Mandy July 04, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Oh I have that recipe too, it’s delicious, I forgot about them, thanks for the reminder.

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy July 05, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Must be a boy thing. My 6 year old thinks anything with “chicken” in it is funny. Like last night, he said “I was as scared as a bald chicken!” Then, he cracked up. This morning he called his sister a “chicken pot pie”. So, naturally, I was drawn to the title of your post today!! Looks yummy, BTW!

  • keepcatebusy (Cate) July 05, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Oh, I’m sorry, but why can I see your big boys cacking themselves over this?! And what’s worse is I’m giggling too :-)
    Oh, grow up Cate!!!
    They do look good though!!
    xxxCate

  • Aileen July 05, 2011 at 9:31 am

    These are a staple in my house! I often make a double batch and freeze some as both my kids 3 1/2 and 20months will devour these. I serve with a fried rice and sweet chili. They get extra veg too as I grate a zucchini and a carrot into them – doesn’t change them a bit and they are fantastic!

  • Marita July 05, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Oh yum. They look delicous, with the added bonus that I suspect Heidi may actually eat them :)

  • Paula July 05, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hi!, they look delicious!

    I’m really beginner in cooking, so do you freeze them after cooking them or before?

    I’m thinking they’ll be great to replace the frozen nuggets trays I get at the supermarket.

    Thanks!

    • Simone July 07, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Freeze after cooking. Once defrosted, warm them slowly in the microwave otherwise they tend to be a bit like a hockey puck! my kids even eat these cold, especially in summer.

      • Paula July 09, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        Thanks! I will try them ASAP.

  • Simone July 07, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    These are delicious and we first made them for Christmas when the recipe came out and now they are regular in our meal plan rotation. They freeze great too and are a handy dinner to pull out of the freezer when you have tired, hungry kids and not alot of energy to make something from scratch. I always add extra veges too, grated. One of the few recipes from the Coles magazine that I have liked. Especially since it doesn’t use anything processed.

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  • Bron July 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for this yummy recipe which I made for dinner tonight. I always struggle with cooking with chicken mince…this will be a go to recipe for me.

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