These are quick and easy to make. A less fatty alternative to pork, but are still moist and tender. Great for making a head and freezing, perfect served with and alfredo or marinara sauce.
1 pound ground chicken
2/3 cup cooked cous cous
1/2 large white onion
2 garlic cloves
2 rashers of thick cut bacon
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried jalepeno flakes
Salt and Pepper
Heat the over to 350°
First I get my cous cous going, so that it can cool a little before I need it. I use Near East brand for a couple of reasons, It cooks up super fast and it comes in a lot of flavours. I like the herbed chicken in this recipe because it layers the chicken flavour and gives the meatballs more depth. Which is the same reason I make it with chicken stock instead of water. I prefer cous cous to bread crumbs as I think it results in a moister ball.
The chicken stocked and flavour packet came to a boil, I added in the cous cous, gave a quick stir, removed it from the heat, put the lid on and left it for 5 minutes. Now fluff and loosen the cous cous with a fork while it’s still warm and put it one side.
Next cut the bacon into lardons and brown in a pan until crisp. While they are cooking, get everything else together
Put the ground chicken into a bowl
Chop the onion half and add in to the chicken
Crush the garlic cloves and add
Sprinkle on the seasonings and squeeze in the tomato paste
On goes the bacon…
…And the warm cous cous. Now’s the time to get messy or use a fork to thoroughly combine everything. After all the ingredients have been mixed I take a little bit and fry it up to check the seasoning.
Once I know it tastes good I…
I roll them into balls, each ball is about 2 tablespoons worth of mix. A cookie dough scoop is great for this job
In a couple of teaspoons of olive oil I brown the meatballs in a pan on the stove top. Then I transfer them into a baking dish, cover them with foil and bake for about 15 minutes, to make sure they are cooked all the way through.
When you take them out of the oven you can either serve them or let them cool and freeze them.