Monday, July 1, 2013

Chicken meat balls with Spaghetti(Asian style)

I have always been fascinated by the pictures of meat balls lying over spaghetti. I never tried it with meat because of so many reason but then i realized i can simply do it with the chicken itself as chicken being low fat this would be better. I quickly went through the recipes of usual meat balls and then i knew how i was going to make it in Asian style with a little Indian touch to it.

Chicken meat balls


Meat balls are often prepared with minced beef or with minced pork or with the combination of two or three meats. My idea to prepare sauce was to use half of the regular ingredients like tomato paste and pulps while for the other half i added the Asian sauces and chilly paste. This fusion came out very well and i just loved the over all texture, colour and taste of my sauce.
My 18 months old kid was like in total love with meat balls and i was very happy about it.
I hope you like my Asian-American fusion of meat balls.

This recipe 
serves- 3 to 4
Preparation time- 5 minutes
Cooking time- 25 minutes
Level of difficulty- Easy

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti 

For the chicken meat balls

  • Chicken - 500 g, minced
  • Onion or shallots - 1, large, finely chopped
  • Green chillies as per taste
  • Bread crumbs- 200g
  • Egg - 2
  • Salt as per taste
  • Ginger minced - 1/2 Tbsp
  • Garlic minced- 1/2 tbsp
  • Cheese grated(optional)
  • Oil for frying
For the sauce
  • Tomato paste - 250g
  • Fresh tomato- 2, finely chopped
  • green chillies as per taste
  • Red chilli paste -1 Tsp or Tobasco  as per taste
  • Oregano
  • Tomato sauce - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce- 2 Tbsp
  • Ginger and garlic minced - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Freshly crushed pepper
  • Oil for cooking
  • Freshly chopped coriander for garnishing

Directions:
For the spaghetti
  • Boil water in a boiling pot. Add salt and oil in it.
  • Add the spaghetti in the boiling water and wait until it turns al-dante. It will take nearly 8 to 10 minutes. Next drain the spaghetti in a colander and place it over cold running water. 
  • Keep aside to let drain the remaining water.
Meat ball preparation
  • In a mixing bowl bring together minced chicken, onion, chillies, salt, eggs, bread crumbs and  minced ginger and garlic. Mix well and prepare 1 inch balls out of this.
  • Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying in medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot fry out all the balls until they are golden brown in colour.
Sauce preparation
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute until onion turns transparent.
  • Now add the tomatoes and the tomato paste. Fry until the tomatoes are fully done.
  • Next make a sauce mixture by adding water to the tomato sauce, soy sauce and red chilli paste or tobasco. whip well and then add this sauce mixture to the tomatoes.
  • Season with salt , pepper and oregano .
  • Now add all the meat balls and let this simmer until you the get the sauce of desired consistency.
  • Once done turn off the heat and serve it hot over the spaghetti . Sprinkle some chopped coriander on the top of the meat balls.
Enjoy your chicken meat balls over spaghetti . 
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By - Sushmita pandit.