Chicken balls with quinoa and pear

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal

Everyone loves an easy midweek supper that’s healthy and quick to make.

These quinoa, pear and chicken balls are so simple to make, you can prep them in just 15 minutes.

Serve them hot with some pasta and veggies for a nutritious family meal.

Summary

Prep: 10 mins
Cooking: 10 mins
Ages: Toddlers to teens
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Makes: 12 chicken balls

Are chicken balls healthy?

There are so many health benefits to these quinoa and pear chicken balls.

Quinoa is the superfood everyone is talking about.  

It’s gluten free and contrary to popular belief it’s not a grain, but a seed.

This little seed is high in protein, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B6, antioxidants and fiber.

Quinoa is such an adaptable grain alternative that it can be used in a variety of recipes like salads, sides to meat dishes or in meatballs as we have done here.

For these chicken balls the quinoa adds texture and an earthy taste to balance out the sweetness of the pear. Kids won’t even know they’re eating a ‘health food’.

Pears on the other hand are a great source of dietary fibre and contain copper, vitamin C and vitamin K. They also have a mildly sweet flavour that kids love and that goes great with chicken.

Chicken is a good source of lean protein, and it’s also rich in selenium, phosphorous and niacin.

Chicken breasts are known to control the body’s homocysteine amino acid levels which is good for the heart.

Rather than deep frying these chicken balls we have chosen to cook them in just a few tablespoons of oil.

This gives them their crispy texture while also keeping them lower in fats than the deep fried alternatives.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast fillet, minced ( you can blend it in the food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 spring onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (90 grams)
  • 1 pear, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Dice the spring onions and parsley.
  2. Peel the pear and grate it.
  3. Mince the garlic.
  4. Mix them together in a bowl together with the minced chicken breast, lemon juice, tomato paste, egg, cooked quinoa and flour. 
  5. Form small balls of the mixture with floured hands and set aside.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the balls until they are golden brown on all sides.  
  7. Turn them over regularly to ensure that all sides are cooked. The balls are done cooking when the outside is crispy and golden and the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  8. Serve with some pasta and veggies for a delicious family dinner.

Chicken balls with quinoa and pear – our step by step guide:

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal
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Dice your spring onion and parsley.

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal
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Peel and grate your pear and mince the garlic clove.  

Gently squeeze the grated pears to get rid of any excess juice.

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal
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Add the remaining ingredients

Put the parsley, spring onions, crushed garlic and grated pear in a bowl.

Mix in the lemon juice, tomato paste, minced chicken breast, cooked quinoa and flour.

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal
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Shape the chicken balls

Flour your hands and form small balls out of the chicken, pear and quinoa mix.

We made small meatballs which came to 12 chicken balls out of this recipe.

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Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal
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Cook the meatballs

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken balls until they are golden brown on all sides.  

You’ll need to pick up the pan and give it a good shake to turn the balls over in the oil. Or, use tongs to gently turn them in the oil.  

Be careful not to smush them. You want them to retain their rounded shape.

 

Enjoy these chicken balls with quinoa and pear balls with some pasta and veggies as a healthy family supper.

Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal

 

 

Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal

 

For more great tasting chicken ball recipes try our Yummy chicken and apple meatballs.

 

Chicken balls - try these delicious pear and quinoa chicken balls for a healthy and tasty kids meal

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Chicken balls with quinoa and pear

These quinoa, pear and chicken balls are so simple to make, you can prep them in just 15 minutes. Serve them hot with some pasta and veggies for a nutritious family meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken balls, chicken meatballs, quinoa balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 small chicken balls
Author Mas & Pas

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast fillet (170 grams) minced or blended
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 spring onions diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (90 grams)
  • 1 pear peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour

Instructions

  • Dice the spring onions and parsley.
  • Peel the pear and grate it.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • Mix them together in a bowl together with the minced chicken breast, lemon juice, tomato paste, egg, cooked quinoa and flour. 
  • Form small balls of the mixture with floured hands and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the balls until they are golden brown on all sides.  
  • Turn them over regularly to ensure that all sides are cooked. The balls are done cooking when the outside is crispy and golden and the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Serve with some pasta and veggies for a delicious family dinner.