• STEP 1

    Cut the chicken into very small pieces using a sharp knife. You can use a food processor, but pulse so it doesn’t turn into a paste. Put in a bowl and add half the lemon zest, half the ricotta, half the parsley, the breadcrumbs and mix together. Add the 2 tbsp milk, the egg and a good pinch of seasoning. Mix again.

  • STEP 2

    Dust a plate lightly with flour. Wet your hands, take a golf ball-sized piece of the meatball mixture and roll into a ball. Set on the floured plate and repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

  • STEP 3

    Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, then the meatballs, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Cook for 10-15 mins, turning so they brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, heat a large pan of salted water and add the linguine. Cook following pack instructions, and 3 mins before the end of the cooking time, add the green beans. Drain, saving the pasta water. Rinse the linguine and beans under cool water to stop them cooking further.

  • STEP 5

    Add the remaining ricotta to the frying pan, breaking it up as much as possible. Pour in the 100ml milk and 2 tbsp of reserved pasta water, then cook down to thicken slightly for a couple of minutes. Add the pasta, beans and remaining lemon zest and parsley. Season to taste, mix in the meatballs and serve.

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