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September 16, 2009

Asian Chicken Meat Balls

Filed under: Allergy Free, Asians, Cooking, Gluten-Free, Malaysians, Savories, Side Dishes, Snacks — nshahida @ 10:58 pm

Meat Balls

This is definitely my comfort food, one of the kinds. I love this chicken meat ball recipe, very Asian-y and of course healthy. This recipe was created in order to fulfill  my crave toward a good chicken ball, the one that suits my taste buds and diet. I didn’t want to throw this and that and end up with unpleasant flavorless chicken balls. So there I went, scanning my kitchen pantry and some pondering I did . I knew I wanted to go differently this time – ginger and cardamom were in my head. Grated carrot as the add in to boost up my fiber intake, since I love veggies…why not!

The ending was a surprise in delightfulness to me,  at least.. with punch of bright gingery flavor and hints of  cardamom, the meat itself so moist, flavorful and light , absolutely what I after for, perfecto Alhamdulillah!. This is a keeper. A plus, this recipe is kids friendly, too, cause you can hide the vegetables in the meat while they enjoying it without noticing. My 18 month toddler loves it.

How do we serve it? Enjoy it as snack, or to go with salad or along with pasta or rice.  Oh..I have an idea.. how about sandwich it! What do you think?

The Ingredients

Asian Chicken Meat Balls ( Makes 8-12 medium size balls)

It really is the ginger that makes this recipe an Asian flare but If you do not like ginger and cardamom at all, create you own by omitting or replacing  any of your favorite spices or herbs  such as cinnamon, chopped parsley , oregano and the like. The key is be moderate in adding spices or herbs so it will not be overpowering.


  • 1 lbs (about 2 Cups) minced chicken breast, if the meat is too wet, squeeze the juice slightly
  • ¾ cup grated carrots , the juice slightly squeezed ( about ¼ cup juice is obtained, set aside for other use.)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 Tablespoons finely chopped scallions or green onion
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper powder ( add more for more heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch ( or all purpose flour)


1- Toss everything together in a medium mixing bowl. Lightly mix them to well combined. Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, form into a ball to makesure the mixture is easy to handle, if it crumbles.. add 1 teaspoon of the carrot juice or if it’s too wet and fall apart.. add 1 teaspoon cornstarch at a time until the mixture is easy to form. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

2- Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture. Lightly roll it into a ball. ( be careful not to squeeze it or pack it up too much otherwise the chicken ball will lose it’s moist and tough in texture.. really.. we do not want that.) Place it on a big plate or baking sheet. Repeat the same thing with the remaining. You will finally get 8-12 balls depending on size actually.

3- Heat a medium pan or cast iron. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon canola oil ( do this each batch). Let the oil heated.

4- Place 3-4 balls each batch on the heated pan. ( Do not overcrowd the pan if you want them seared well and not overcooked.) Let them cooked for 4-5 minutes , no more than that. Turn them over , and let cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and repeat step 3 with the remaining batch.

5- Serve while it still warm.

 I served my chicken meat balls along with rice porridge

I served my chicken meat balls along with rice porridge

Storing: If you have some leftovers, place them in a dry and clean Ziploc bag or container and sit up to a week in the refrigerator or 2-3 weeks (approximately) in the freezer.


1- Why we do not want to over cook them? To keep the meat tender , moist , sweet and flavorful.

2- If somehow you happen to notice your meat is undercooked, place it back on the pan, let cook for 1-2 minutes.



  1. salam..dear owner of this blog..
    i’ve been looking through your blog for resepi2 yang best..and tried it was good..
    just want to wish you “selamat hari raya aidilfitri..maaf zahir batin…”
    thank you for everything…salam…

    Comment by zarra — September 18, 2009 @ 2:05 am

    • Wa’alaykumussalam Zarra,

      Oh really? Thank you so very much for visiting this very humble blog and for even trying out the recipe, how nice of you!.. which one anyway? tell me how it turned out for you.
      Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri maaf zahir batin too.. have a blessed syawal!

      btw, I am shida. hihii.. do come again! 😀

      Comment by nshahida — September 18, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  2. hi,I just stumble upon your wonderful blog today and love it! actually I was looking for roti canai recipe and found your recipe is good especially the step by step they said pix speak thousand words.hehehe!!.I’m going to try out your recipe soon..Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Eid Mubarak 🙂

    Comment by beachlover — September 18, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    • Hello Beachlover,.. I appreciate kind words, thanks a lot! I knowww.. I myself love step by step pics that makes easy to follow and imagine ,too. I hope you try the roti canai soon! it’s very easy to make actually.. let me know how it works out for you alright! hihi..

      Thanks for the wish and visiting, please come again. 😀

      Comment by nshahida — September 19, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  3. salam kak shida.. i’ve tried your recipe for cheesecake and pizza [my brother want it so badly before he go to Mesir for his studies]. thats when i end up in your beautiful blog. the result was fantastic~! love the taste so mucchhhh. and, the pictures of the foods here are amazingly seductive! 🙂 hope to try other recipe of yours soon.. thank you again~

    Comment by zarra — September 19, 2009 @ 1:28 am

    • Wa’alaykumussalam Zarra, Owh you have? isn’t that great!.. to be able to cook for own family, it’s rewarding. Owh your bro is going to Mesir? mA..good for him and he sure will miss your cookin’. I am glad you tried the recipes here and thanks to you too 😉 , kind words definitely keep me going.

      Comment by nshahida — September 27, 2009 @ 1:44 am

  4. ni kira cam chicken ball la yeh? bagus ni,,,bayyein suka yek….bagus bagus …. hihihi

    k juli

    Comment by Juli — October 3, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    • Kakjuli, ye.. chicken ball Asian version.. Kakjuli!! you sound like my cikgu.. hihihihi ‘bagus.. bagus’ hhihihih.. well.. you actually my cikgu juga.. 😀

      hugs right back.. Kakjuli

      Comment by nshahida — October 6, 2009 @ 11:03 am

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