THAI STYLE CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH GINGER COCONUT BROTH

 

chicken meatballs

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If you think meatballs are kind of boring, think again!  These Thai inspired chicken meatballs are not only super healthy, but they are soul-satisfyingly delicious.  I like to serve them over rice noodles, but brown rice is an equally great side.

INGREDIENTS:

1 #                                        ground all white meat chicken or turkey

3 ea                                      cloves garlic, minced

2 ea                                      scallions, finely chopped

1 ea                                      stalk, lemon grass

1 ea                                      bunch, cilantro

4 T                                         panko bread crumbs

2 T                                         red curry paste, available at many grocery stores

1 inch                                 ginger, peeled and grated

1 ea                                      bag baby spinach

2 cans                                 light coconut milk

½ C                                       low sodium chicken or vegetable stock

3 T                                         parsley, minced

1 ea                                         lime juice + zest

1 pkg                                   wide rice noodles, cooked to package directions or sub cooked brown rice

 

METHOD:

Saute scallions, lemon grass,  2 t minced garlic and 2 t minced ginger in a medium sauté pan until fragrant.  Remove from heat to cool.

Combine ground chicken, panko, cilantro and cooked vegetables .  Mix gently but thoroughly and form into small meatballs.

Saute in skillet over medium high heat until browned on all sides, 6-8 minutes.  Transfer to a plate, leaving 1 T drippings in the pan.  Add remaining  garlic and ginger.  Saute until fragrant.  Add curry paste and warm to release aroma.  Add coconut milk and ½ c low sodium chicken stock to pan and bring to a simmer.  Return meatballs to the broth and heat through.  Add lime juice, zest, spinach and chopped parsley.  Serve over cooked rice noodles or brown rice.

Serves 6