Neil Perry's Japanese-style chicken meatballs

Neil Perry
Neil Perry's Japanese-style chicken meatballs.
Neil Perry's Japanese-style chicken meatballs. Photo: William Meppem
Difficulty
Easy

These meatballs make the perfect starter or main for a fresh, zesty Asian inspired meal.

Ingredients

400g skinless chicken thighs, minced

2 spring onions, finely sliced

1cm ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp mirin

½ tsp sesame oil

3 tsp whisked egg

1-2 tsp cornflour vegetable oil, for frying

coriander leaves, to serve

FOR THE SAUCE

2½ tsp soy sauce

2½ tbsp mirin

½ tbsp caster sugar

1 tbsp hoisin sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed

Method

1. For the sauce, place all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

2. To make the meatballs, place the chicken, spring onion and ginger in another large bowl and combine until smooth and completely incorporated. Add soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, egg and cornflour and mix well, adding extra cornflour if needed – the mixture is meant to be quite soft. With moistened hands, roll it into small balls about 4cm in diameter.

3. Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan until it comes 2cm up the side and heat to about 180˚C. Add the meatballs in batches, taking care not to crowd the pan, and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through (3-5 minutes per batch). Remove the balls and drain the oil into a heat-proof container, wipe the pan with kitchen paper and return to the heat and add the sauce on high heat until smooth and thick (2-3 minutes). Add the balls and coat with the sauce.

4. Spoon meatballs onto a large plate and sprinkle with coriander.