Broccoli chicken meat balls and chicken chowmein – Sort of two birds with one stone scenario. Everything succulent yet each ingredient holds their perspective image is what makes this dish one of a kind. The perfect recipe to work with minced chicken, easily fits if you’re looking for a variety. Since its categorized under Chinese cuisine, it nudges us to make something practically good to extend it as a meal. The closest would be chowmein noodles. It works great and blends well to turn it into a fantastic meal.Preparation of this dish deems sort of quick and easy as well. The option to add few vegetables like broccoli and bell pepper would make this dish a big hit – a super delicious yet healthy meal in a bowl, everything in a jiffy!
Even though I love this dish, the preparation got me pause for a while. The reason was the squishy and soft minced chicken deemed darn messy to work with hands. I’m not a big fan of messing up my hands to cook food – my policy is to avoid bare hands as far as possible while prepping. Period! Well, the addition of egg makes the mixture even more squishier and extremely delicate to handle. Normally the technique folks have been following seems sort of easy to watch from far. But when you try it on your own, alas! I couldn’t tolerate the technique of squeezing it in the palm of my hand when it comes to chicken mince. I had to find another way, so as the conflict continued, I decided to come up with a clean plan to get the meat balls done in a random shape which comfortably fits with the style of the dish. Scoop out the mixture using a spoon and drop it in the greased pan. As you drop it , gently adjust the edges to form a somewhat circle. Do it in small batches, move them at the side as the pieces are half way done. It continues cooking as you work with the rest of the batches. In the end, bring all the pieces together and close the lid to cook through evenly for 5 minutes or so.
Rest of the preparations are easy once the meat balls are done. If you have cooked noodles already in the refrigerator, then its two birds with one stone scenario.
Cooked egg noodles 2 cups or so. Follow the cooking instruction on the package itself. And
try to prepare ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. So whenever you feel like eating a variety
dish, you get to prepare it in a jiffy.
For minced chicken balls:
1 lb minced chicken
1 tbsp ground pepper
Salt to taste
For the sauce:
1/4 cup of water or chicken broth
Add 2 tbsp corn flour to it and mix well
Add 1 tbsp minced ginger/garlic
Add 1 tsp dry red chili flakes
Add 1 tsp vinegar
Add 2 tbsp soy sauce
Add 2 tbsp honey
Salt to taste
Check the consistency of the taste and flavor. Adjust as required.
Heat oil in a medium to large pan and spoon the chicken mixture into the pan and shallow fry it. Make sure to cook both the sides by flipping after 5 minutes or so. To ease the frying process you could move the half cooked pieces onto the side of the pan and continue frying the rest. Once you’re done with that process, bring everything together in the center of the pan. Add the vegetables at this stage and cook it through by closing the pan for about 5 minutes or so. Chicken needs only less cooking time and since the minced chicken is sort loose and squishy, it’ll cook through darn fast. Vegetables will stay crunchy and tasty textured, easy to bite as well.
Now, transfer the chicken to a wide bowl and heat 2 tbsp oil in the same pan. Add the sauce mixture to it. Gently stir the mixture and continue stirring until it loosely thickens. At this stage, you could add the cooked chicken pieces back in the pan and mix everything together. Add noodles to it and combine everything well.