I prefer to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen at nights…which is a rather difficult task when you have two hungry boys! I’m all for making easy yet healthy dinners that are enjoyable for the whole family, and that can also be eaten the following day for lunches. Cue healthy chicken balls!
Chicken is definitely a household staple and a favourite for dinners. I have mentioned before (here) that I prefer to eat and serve organic free range chicken for our family because I worry about the hormones and chemicals that make their way into our meat, but with organic comes a higher price tag. If you want to eat organic free range chicken without spending your shoe-fund money then minced/ground chicken is the way to go (and then you get to make these yummy healthy chicken balls – bonus!!).
- What you need:
- 1 packet of organic free range minced chicken (I use Macro Organic, and I think each pack is roughly 500g)
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled and grated
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 large handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
- 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
- ¼ to ½ cup organic oats
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl add minced chicken, grated apple, garlic, coriander, and salt. Mix until combined
- Place oats in a food processor (I use the food processor attachment to the Sunbeam stick blender) and process on high until fine.
- Add the processed oats to the chicken mix in small parts, mixing in between. Once the mixture balls when being mixed (doesn't break apart easily and instead stays in a 'ball-like' shape) stop adding the oats. The oats act in a similar way to breadcrumbs in traditional meatballs
- Roll into balls and place evenly spaced on a baking tray
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
I served these healthy chicken balls with a brown rice salad, and my son had his with steamed broccoli, carrot, and avocado sushi (don’t ask…).
What will you serve your healthy chicken balls with? Let me know in the comments 🙂