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Chicken Meatballs

These are the sleeper hit at The Meatball Shop and the star in our Chicken Parm Slider. Guests are always surprised by the moistness and rich taste of these balls. The secret is ground thigh meat. Chicken thighs are packed with flavor and are a better choice than the usual dry breast meat. You can substitute ground turkey if you can’t find ground chicken.–Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow

LC Chicken Meatball Sliders Note

Subtly but surely flavored, these chicken meatballs need little, if anything, in terms of embellishment. Of course, if you want to serve them as sliders you’ll need, at minimum, a bun. Maybe a touch of simple marinara. Cheese, if you please. But back to that bun. It’s the foundation of the sandwich, so it needs to be both pillowy yet sturdy, effusively flavorful on its own without overwhelming the meatball, and able to be made into wee buns that are just dainty enough for these wee sliders. We’ve got just the beautiful burger bun for you.

Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • Makes about 2 dozen 1 1/2-inch meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken, preferably thigh meat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel, preferably freshly ground from fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C). Drizzle the olive oil into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and use your hands to evenly coat the entire surface.
  • 2. Combine the chicken, eggs, bread crumbs, parsley, wine, salt, fennel, and pepper in a large bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated. The mixture may seem quite moist; this is okay.
  • 3. Roll the mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (roughly golf ball size), making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even vertical and horizontal rows to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another.
  • 4. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F (74°C). Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish before serving.
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