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Chicken Breast Meatballs with Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts

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Einav Hakoun – @einavhakounfood
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INGREDIENTS
 

Meatballs:

Stew:

INSTRUCTIONS

Meatballs:

  • Preheat the oven to 355F (180C).
  • Place the cauliflower and sweet potatoes in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 30 minutes until soft. You can also soften them in the microwave. Cool and mash with a fork.
  • Chop the onion and vegetables in a food processor, transfer to a bowl along with the potatoes, cauliflower, and other meatball ingredients. Chill for two hours in the refrigerator.
  • Form balls and fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove to a strainer/paper towel.

Stew:

  • Saute the onions in a pan with olive oil until golden brown.
  • Add the garlic cloves and spices and fry for a minute. Add the sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and chicken meatballs. Fill with water until almost covered, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and transfer to a preheated oven at 355F (180C) for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

MY NOTES

chicken breast meatballs recipe
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Can I make these chicken breast meatballs ahead of time?

Yes, you can conveniently prepare this recipe ahead of time. Both the chicken breast meatballs and stew can be made in advance and stored separately. Simply refrigerate them until you’re ready to serve. When ready, reheat the stew and add the pre-cooked meatballs, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully. This make-ahead option is perfect for busy days or entertaining guests, offering a time-saving solution without compromising on taste.

What can I serve with this dish?

This hearty dish pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides to complement its flavors. Serve it alongside fluffy rice, couscous, or quinoa for a satisfying meal. Crusty bread is perfect for soaking up the rich sauce, while a fresh side salad adds a refreshing contrast. Steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans, provide a nutritious accompaniment. For added indulgence, consider roasted potatoes or creamy mashed potatoes.

How can I prevent the chicken breast meatballs from falling apart?

To prevent meatballs from falling apart, ensure a proper binding consistency in the mixture. Use a combination of breadcrumbs and beaten eggs as binders. Avoid overmixing, as it can make the meatballs tough. Chill the mixture before shaping to firm it up, aiding in forming cohesive balls. Opt for a gentle cooking method, such as frying in shallow oil or baking, to help retain their shape. Lastly, handle the meatballs delicately when turning or transferring to avoid breakage.

chicken breast meatballs recipe
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Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers of this dish for future enjoyment. Allow the stew and meatballs to cool completely before transferring them to airtight containers or freezer-safe bags. Ensure proper sealing to prevent freezer burn and maintain freshness. Label the containers with the date for easy reference. When ready to use, thaw the frozen leftovers in the refrigerator overnight before reheating thoroughly.

chicken breast meatballs recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

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