Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Try a family supper with a difference with these chicken patties served in a sweet Japanese sauce and basmati

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal481
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt2.3g
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  • 2 shallot



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 carrot, cut into chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • a little oil
  • 200g basmati rice
  • 200g spring green, chopped

    Spring greens

    sp-ring gr-eens

    Spring greens are the first cabbages of the year. They have fresh, loose heads without the hard…

  • 100ml mirin
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 3 tbsp caster sugar

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pulse the shallots and carrot in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the chicken, lemon zest and some seasoning, and pulse again until mixed. Using oiled hands, shape into small meatballs. Put on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 10 mins until browned and cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, boil the rice following pack instructions, adding the spring greens for the final 4 mins. Drain well.

  3. Add the mirin, soy, lemon juice and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer until saucy. Remove from the heat, add the meatballs to the pan and roll them around in the sauce. Divide the rice and greens between plates or bowls and spoon the meatballs over.

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Comments (21)

lahelapixie's picture

This was nice. The sauce is good. Agree with those below - the chicken needs a bit more flavour, ginger would work well. Next time i'll use small shallots or just one otherwise it's abit over powering.

Only change we made to the recipe was soya beans instead of greens.

andycmckay's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe, although I followed the advice of other posters and gave the meatballs some extra oomph with some fresh ginger, togarashi seasoning and a spoonful of ssamjang. The sauce needs longer than 4mins to reduce (more like 10), soft brown sugar works much better than caster in teriyaki sauces, and a splash of sesame oil to season works well too.

hollywoozle's picture

Rated this recipe 5*s and really enjoyed it, have cooked it twice now! It's easy, fast, tasty and relatively healthy (OK the sauce has a lot of sugar but that's offset by the health factor of the other components!). Unlike other posters we haven't had any problems with the texture of the meatballs and don't find them bland at all if you season them well. On the contrary! The sauce doesn't get really thick but it does get somewhat syrupy with enough time on the hob and are really yummy with the rice. We had ours with wholegrain basmati and curly kale.

I think this would also be an excellent recipe for children to enjoy. I will happily make it again.

amethystannie's picture

The meatballs were fine, but the sauce was awful. Would definitely change that if I was to make it again.

Suffolk Primrose's picture

yuk yuk. as recipe stands meatballs are really bland, and texture is horrible.

SteveBassett's picture

I read the comments on here before cooking and as a result I added garlic and Chinese Five Spice to the chicken mixture during blending. This added a bit of a flavour that would otherwise left a bland dish. Also used spring onion in with the rice. The meatballs were definitely a hit here!

sonnyd's picture

Liked the spring greens in the rice and flavour added by the sauce, but the meatballs were not a major hit here. The texture gets a bit weird, and our kids did not like it. If not making it for kids i would clearly spice up the meatballs significantly. Not sure if i will make it again considering how many other wonderful recipes there are.

thecherub's picture

This was ok. Not keen on the meatballs although they do absorb more sauce. My sauce was also too thin (that might be my fault). If I did again I would probably use normal chicken breast, far easier/better.

liezeldutoit's picture

A friend tried this recipe first and thought it was bland. I added some garlic, chilli and grated ginger and this pepped it up. Cannot really score it higher than 3, given how much I altered the recipe

alicemoretto's picture

sooo good! I used only 1 spoon of sugar and 100gr of rice as i cooked for me and my boyfriend. the meatball were just fine for 2 with the whole 500gr. I've also added garlic and chilli for a little kick. will make again

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I made the meatballs which held together really well but served with noodles and stir fry veg with a chilli sauce instead of the mirin sauce from the recipe. Really tasty and colourful.

sparky19's picture

We really enjoyed this recipe, tasted great, I will say though now we are confident with the recipe I would be happy to add more to the chicken ball is like some chilli, ginger, garlic etc to give a bit more flavour, also not sure bout cookies the spring greens in with the rice, think I would rather do them separately just out of choice.

dermbut's picture

Really tasty, can see why the texture might not agree with everyone though and would be tempted to add chillies next time. Also only added two spoons of sugar but was still very sweet, may try a little less next time.
Nice and quick to make as well.

ccarmichael's picture

Not a hit in our house. Didn't like the texture of the chicken balls and a bit bland. Sauce was ok, could use with other meats or fish. Wouldn't make the chicken balls again.

kevinwollington's picture

Whoops! Definitely a 5*

kevinwollington's picture

This is delicious, but very sweet.
I would have this any time.

elprice's picture

I added ginger and garlic, used turkey instead of chicken and seared the meatballs before putting them in the oven, but they taste fantastic and are so easy to make.

janmost's picture

Added chilli as suggested by rebecca. My family really liked this meal although the sauce was a little too sweet for me. Will try adding some fresh ginger next time and reducing the amount of sugar.

fainleog's picture

Mmmm . . . really tasty!

I cooked this twice over the Christmas/New Year period and everyone in the family really enjoyed this recipe.
The second time I made the chicken balls, I added a small piece of finely chopped ginger, and served them with stir-fry noodles + peppers for a change.


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