Tasty chicken balls

Tasty chicken balls.
Tasty chicken balls. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Children love finger food. Team these with some dipping sauce such as tzatziki, hummus or even tomato sauce and you're on to a winner. You can add more grated vegetables, try chopped spinach, grated zucchini, diced onion or even chopped green beans if your little Johnny is up for it.


500g chicken mince

zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped

50g parmesan, grated

1 carrot, grated (optional)

1 egg

100g (1 cup) dry breadcrumbs

2 tbsp chopped parsley

oil for cooking


Preheat oven to 180C.

Mix the chicken mince with all the other ingredients, adding enough breadcrumbs to bring the mixture together. Roll into 2cm balls.

Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat, add a splash of oil and cook the balls until golden brown all over. Transfer to oven and bake until cooked through.

Variation: Substitute lemon zest and parsley for 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce and 2 tbsp chopped coriander for Thai chicken balls.