Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

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Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
These meatballs make a terrific party snack. Look for flat skewers at Asian markets, or use two skewers for each group of meatballs so they'll turn easier.
Serves 6 (serving size: 6 meatballs and 1 teaspoon sauce)


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1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
4 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 teaspoons red miso (soybean paste)
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large egg white
3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
Remaining ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

1. To prepare meatballs, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, and 1 tablespoon garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add sherry; cook 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat; cool. Place mushroom mixture and miso in a mini chopper; pulse 10 times or until very finely chopped.

2. Combine mushroom mixture, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, chicken, and next 6 ingredients (through egg white) in a bowl. Shape mixture into 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Thread 3 meatballs onto each of 12 (6-inch) flat bamboo skewers. Chill for 30 minutes.

3. To prepare sauce, combine mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in juice, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, and serrano. Reserve 2 tablespoons sauce.

4. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place 6 skewers in pan; cook 9 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove from pan; brush half of sauce over meatballs. Repeat procedure with remaining 6 skewers and sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds; serve with reserved 2 tablespoons sauce.

Created date

July 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 265
Fat 12.7 g
Satfat 3.1 g
Monofat 5.4 g
Polyfat 3.2 g
Protein 22.9 g
Carbohydrate 12.8 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 98 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 524 mg
Calcium 35 mg