Spiced chicken meatballs with noodles, basil & broth

Spiced chicken meatballs with noodles, basil & broth

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
This fragrant and filling dish is an excellent dinner party choice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Only the meatballs can be frozen


  • kcal536
  • fat16g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein48g
  • salt4.74g
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  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1-2 long red chillies, finely chopped (seeds in or out, you decide)



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 6 white peppercorns, crushed
  • 20g pack coriander, stalks, roots if you have them and leaves, chopped and kept separate, plus sprigs to finish
  • 50ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1kg quality chicken mince



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

For the broth

  • 1½ l chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 6 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, sliced



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 8 spring onions, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 300g egg noodles, cooked
  • sliced chillies to taste (optional)



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 small bunch basil, leaves picked



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Whizz the onion, ginger, chillies, garlic, white pepper and half of the coriander stalks, roots (if using) and leaves in a food processor until finely chopped. Mix the milk and breadcrumbs together in a large bowl. Add the onion mix and chicken into the breadcrumbs, then season. Now, really mix – I mean mix – until the whole thing becomes a paste rather than lumpy. If you have a tabletop mixer, then use that instead of your hands. Shape into small balls around the size of a 50p piece. Place a large frying pan or casserole over a medium heat, add a drizzle of oil then fry the balls until well coloured – about 10 mins. You’ll need to do this in batches, adding more oil each time. Set aside.

  2. For the broth, put the stock into a large saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer. Add the sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, remaining coriander stalks and roots, star anise and peppercorns. Simmer, covered, for 20 mins. Add the spring onions, noodles and chillies, if using. Take 6 large bowls, then divide the noodles between them – tongs are the best tool. Drop in the warm meatballs then ladle in the stock. Scatter with coriander and basil leaves then tuck in.

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8th May, 2015
I substituted the meatballs for left-over roast checked we had and upped the flavours in the stock a little to compensate. Delicious, flavourful dish I would definitely make it again either as a base for the the meatballs or something else.
18th Jul, 2014
oh, great. very delicious
1st Sep, 2012
Horrible...... foul taste.... sloppy nasty mess. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME COOKING THIS RUBBISH. John Torode master chef.... master rubbish!!!!
2nd Jul, 2012
This dish didn't quite work for us. Meatballs had a mushy texture which wasn't nice. Broth was good -used homemade chicken stock with 1 star anise (ignored the sesame oil which I'm glad about as I think it would have made the meatballs mushy AND oily). The flavours weren't very fresh so will stick with tom yam gai broth with shredded chicken.
20th Dec, 2011
Loved this dish. Used turkey mince. It's gone down well for everyone we've made it for.
2nd Nov, 2011
I grilled chicken breasts instead of using chicken mince (perfect when pressed for time!). I marinated them in a Teriyaki sauce, sliced them and placed on top of the broth and noodles. Absolutely, the broth is the most delicious, fragrant, tasty recipe I have had in a very long time - and so easy to make! I have cooked this nearly 6 times in the last 3 weeks as my husband is ill and loves it.
23rd Sep, 2011
Made this a few nights ago and it was lovely! Had LOADS of meatballs though, and even though we all ate huge portions there was enough for two more servings! Was also very time-consuming as we minced our own chicken when we couldn't find it in the shop. Very tasty though, so will definitely make it again :)
16th Aug, 2011
Tried with Pork as suggested. Very nice, though toasted sesame oil was maybe a little overpowering.
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10th Jun, 2010
This is much more effort and nowhere near as good as some of the other noodle broth dishes on the site and ones we make up ourselves. I was really excited about this dish, but thought it was a cacophony of muddled up tastes and textures. The star anise was overpowering (6?!), less than half that would have done, the chicken meatballs were like mushy sweetbreads ... the basil fought with the coriander on top because it wasn't anywhere else in the dish it felt like an afterthought on top - I wish I'd just used chilli flakes or fresh chilli with the coriander. It also needed a spot of soy. Our toddler enjoyed putting the noodles in his ear, but no one else much liked the dish - I actually woke up excited about making this, love JT, but was thoroughly disappointed with the result :(
15th Apr, 2010
Used Turkey Mince and didnt have any basil but it was lovely, will be making this a mid week regular..


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