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Chicken Rice Balls

Posted on 2016-12-30
Chicken Rice Balls
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Chicken Rice Balls is a simple, healthy and tasty dinner idea, and also a perfect recipe for your leftover cooked chicken or leftover rice. This recipe is a combination of rice, chicken, and fresh cilantro that can be served alone or with your favorite tomato sauce.


Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

    For rice balls:

  • 2 cups shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • For sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS

First place the rice in a large bowl. Pour lukewarm water over it, stir and pour off the water. Repeat four times or until water runs clear.

Place the rice and chicken broth in a pot. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until rice completely cooked and all of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Add milk and 3 tablespoons oil to the cooked rice. Use your hands to mash the rice. Set aside.

Chicken Rice Balls

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute until slightly golden. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add turmeric powder and stir well. Then add the shredded chickens and heat for 2-3 minutes.

Chicken Rice Balls

Add the chicken mixture and cilantro to the rice, and combine well. Add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Chicken Rice Balls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray. Take 1/2 cup of the mixture and shape into a ball. Continue shaping until all the rice mixture is used. Arrange the rice balls spaced slightly apart on the baking dishes.

Chicken Rice Balls

Bake in the oven until golden, about 28-30 minutes.

Chicken Rice Balls

While the rice balls are cooking, prepare the sauce: heat 3 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally.

Serve the rice balls alone or with tomato sauce.

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