Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chicken & Sun-Dried-Tomato Meatballs

Prep /Total time : 1 hour         Serves 4

4            oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained and blotted dry
2            garlic cloves
1            large jalapeño—halved, seeded and coarsely chopped         
**Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper**
1/4          cup fine dry bread crumbs
1             pound ground chicken breast
1             large egg, lightly beaten
1             tablespoon fat-free milk
1/4          cup all-purpose flour, for dusting
1             14-1/2-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes with their juices
1/2          teaspoon dried oregano
2             tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1             tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 .        In a food processor, pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, half of the jalapeño, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper until finely chopped. Add the bread crumbs and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chicken, egg and milk. Using lightly moistened hands, roll the mixture into 20 meatballs, a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Dust the meatballs lightly with flour, tapping off any excess.
2 .        Wipe out the food processor and add the remaining garlic clove and jalapeño half; pulse until chopped. Add the tomatoes and their juices and the oregano and process until smooth.
3 .       In a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the meatballs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until golden but not quite cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer, turning, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.


  1. Oh Nee, I love that you included Jalapeño in this recipe. What a GREAT idea!!! I'm always looking for recipes that include ground chicken and turkey. I'm saving this one!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    P.S. If you would like to play the Picnic Game, the post is up. It's such FUN to play, and a GREAT way to break bread and make new friends. I just know all the picnickers would love to visit your blog. Please think about it:) Louise

  2. P.S. You can reach me at acalenda [at] gmail [dot] come if you have any questions, Nee.

  3. Louise ... thank you so much for inviting me ...as you know I'm new at this but having much fun .
    Yes I would love to break bread ... make new friends with the picnickers . :)

    Thanks for the address see you soon .



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