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Chicken Kabab meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Teena Agnel
  • 1 pound 1/2 kg ground chicken, lamb, beef or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion about ½ big onion
  • 2 green chillies / jalapenos
  • 8-10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder/paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  1. Pat dry the minced/ground chicken with paper towel.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and place on medium high heat. Add onions and green chillies and cook till the onions are translucent. Add spices and cook for additional minute. Let it cool completely.
  5. Add about a tablespoon of oil in a pan and place on medium high heat. Add whole garlic and sauté till garlic softness and cook. Once cooled, mash it into a chunky consistency. (Refer notes for roasting garlic in the oven).
  7. Add the cooked onions + garlic + lemon juice + salt + cilantro + bread crumbs and mix well with you hands and knead for a minute or two so that the flavor can combine well.
  8. Cover and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  11. Shallow fry the meatballs on medium heat till its brown on all sides and cooked on the inside, about 3 minutes on each side.
  12. OVEN
  13. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit/205 Degrees Celsius.
  14. Grease a tray with oil. Arrange the kababs with space between each. Cook for 20 minutes, turning the side after 10 minutes. Broil for about 2 minutes for charred look.
Recipe Notes

These can be shaped into burgers.

For Freezing: Shape it into balls and place it on a tray lined with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. Once it hardens, transfer into a freezer safe bag for later use. This way the meatballs won't stick to each other when its frozen.

Frozen meatballs comes handy for lunch boxes, quick dinners and get-togethers.

Roasting garlic in oven: Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the top of the garlic and place in aluminum foil. Drizzle olive oil. Cover and bake it for about 30 minutes.