Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 6 meatballs and 1 teaspoon sauce)

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


March 20, 2016
Based on others I baked as well, 400 for 15 minutes.  Miso paste so high in sodium I decided to only use 1 teaspoon, also did not add kosher salt.  Was not missed.  Served with brown rice and stir fry veggies. It seemed to take a lot longer than advertised but it may have been that way since it was the first time I made it.  Although it took awhile will definitely make again.

Two thumbs up!!

June 09, 2015
These were amazing and my boys ate tons!! Here are some modifications I made...- Omitted the miso (didn't have on hand)- Omitted the green onions (forgot to add)- Subbed out dry sherry for the sherry vinegar and a pinch of sugar- Chopped up the mushroom mixture with a knife rather than a food processor- Cooked in the oven at 400 for 16minWill make into burgers next for a twist. A bit of time to do up but SO worth it!

daneanp's Review

February 19, 2014
Mine fell right off the skewers so I'm glad I didn't grill them on our BBQ because it would've been a mess. Very tasty - had to use white miso because that is what I had on hand. Loved the sauce. Don't know if I'd make them again though as they are a bit of work and create a fair amount of dishes to clean (I even used the food processor to mix the meatball mixure). I would definitely make the sauce again for other asian dishes.

Kdoggett's Review

January 19, 2014
We loved these! I used turkey instead of chicken. I basted the meatballs with the sauce and baked them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. I was a little worried they might be dry, but they were perfect. I made extra sauce and served them over brown rice. A new favorite!

wineymom's Review

November 25, 2013
I made these without the miso paste (only because I couldn't find any) and they were yummy! I was pleasantly surprised how flavorful they were. I didn't skewer them either due to laziness. haha I'd make them for dinner or an appetizer! I doubled the sauce just because we love sauce!

phoebe1214's Review

September 08, 2013
I made these very close to the recipe. I used turkey instead of chicken and didn't skewer them. I just baked the meatballs off before tossing with the sauce. These would make great appetizers for entertaining. I think next time I might slightly increase the sugar in the sauce and maybe make a little more sauce if I'm using them for entertaining. Very tasty though! YUM!

JRBMOM's Review

September 04, 2013
The meatballs were tasty it very time consuming to make. The recipe also has a lot of ingredients. They were tasty but I don't think I would make them again

Kellynunn13's Review

August 27, 2013
Delicious!! We grilled on a pan, same time, 9 minutes. Definite do-over!!

Lisa008's Review

August 25, 2013