Ria's Collection: BARBECUE CHICKEN MEATBALLS... Chak De India!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


BBQ Chicken Meatballs
Last Wednesday was a fantastic day for all the Cricket lover's from India. I didn't wake up early to watch the match but followed it closely after I woke up. All thanks to Namitha for sending me the link to watch it online. It was fun watching the match and it was great fun to see the live updates on Facebook about it. That's when it all began...
Baked Meatballs

A simple innocent question of mine 'Who was Vivek Oberoi with?' just to find out who he really was with then, in the stadium lead to a 'wild' discussion ranging from Bollywood to Cricket to The Royal Wedding (William & Kate) to Bollywood (about John Abraham & Arjun Rampal this time) to Dr.Ria ( ahem! ME!!) prescribing medicines . That simple question of mine currently has 427 comments (and it's still counting)! I didn't even realise that until someone along the way pointed it out to us. I don't think I have the energy to go back and see who it was because I'm sure I'll get lost in between all that discussions once again!
BBQ Chicken Meatballs

Later, in the cricket spirit, I thought of asking my fellow Indian Food Bloggers if they wanted to join me in cooking something to add to the spirit of cricket as we watch the World Cup Cricket 2011 Finals today (India Vs Sri Lanka). So now, 'we' are cooking together to munch on and will be posting one by one in our respective food blogs. No rules, nothing...it's just for the fun of it! So here am I...with my Barbecue Chicken Meatballs...perfect for a game day!

My own recipe

1 lb/500g ground chicken
1/4 medium onion, grated or ground to a smooth paste (It makes the meatballs moist,so go for it!)
1 pod garlic, grated ( You can sub it with 1 tbsp garlic powder)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp lime/lemon juice
Salt to taste

1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 c Barbecue Sauce ( I used Famous Dave's)

Pre-heat oven to 450F and oil a cookie sheet, lightly.

In a large bowl,mix together the ground chicken,onion,garlic, cumin,lemon juice and salt.
Divide it into 18 balls (you can wet your hands to make it easier) and bake for 12 mins (Do not over bake it, it will become hard).
Melt butter in a pan on high,add the barbecue sauce and mix.
Add the meatballs to it and mix well for 2-3 mins until they are well coated.
Serve hot*!

*You can serve it with a dip but I chose not to.

Verdict: Very succulent meat balls!The cumin flavours the meatballs really well, you don't need any other spice/herb in it.  I always imagined how restaurants got it so soft and nice...the trick is to bake it only for a short time . You might get tempted to bake for some more time to get a nice crusty meat ball but that will just ruin them. It will turn out dry.

We love anything with BBQ flavour so this was a hit with us!I can't wait for it to be Summer so that we can grill to our heart's content. If you get a chance, do try this. It's a perfect party appetizer as it tastes and looks like your fingers have some sort of a magical touch  :)

Go India, go! Wishing you all the luck!


Unknown said...

Nice one to munch on! Hope India wins!!

Namitha said...

I so much love the updates on Fb about the game. It makes me feel that I'm not watching alone :-)
BBQ chicken meatballs look fantastic !

kavis said...

Scrumptious bbq meatball ever.Certainly it is a perfect for game day.

Its really fun reading all your FB posts.I'm enjoying very much and Thank you for being my friend^__^

Hope India win;-)

notyet100 said...

enjoy the match;-)
platter looks yum,,and perfect for todays game

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks splendid, Ria. Perfect Party snack!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the secret to the perfect meat-ball :) Today's spectacular win has the whole nation celebrating in style!!!

cook from doha said...

nice treat............nd we won..........

Anonymous said...

looks so yummy .. and delicious. :)

Anonymous said...

these look fantastic..esp great that they are baked..YUM..

Indian Khana said...

Yum this seems to be perfect to munch during match ...hope you guys had gud time .

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect looks meatballs,i dont bother to have some.

Unknown said...

first time here....wow u have such a beautiful space here ....your presentations are so good and r so colorful......I'm just drooling over the chicken meatball pics ....glad to follow u dear ! do visit my space whenever u hav time !


KrithisKitchen said...

Such flavorful chicken meatballs... awesome smokey flavor...

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Sunitha said...

Awesome! Looks great.

Unknown said...

these r perfect snackers Ria!....will make it sometime soon!
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Christine @cookingcrusade.com said...

These look fantastic! I love making meatballs (good to freeze for later) but never would have coated them in sauce like this and it looks sooo good! Will have to definitely try it !

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