Chicken Meatballs with Sushi Rice

If I was to choose one electronic appliance to have in the kitchen, it would be a tough choice between the rice cooker, hand mixer and blender but I think I would choose the rice cooker. I have had my $20.00 Kambrook rice cooker forever, I can’t recall when it came to be in my kitchen.

This chicken meatball recipe is quite easy to whip up with a rice cooker and gives me great comfort when I crave something a little easy on the stomach. If I am organised I’ll prepare the meatball mixture over the weekend and freeze them ready to pull out during the week. Dinner then, becomes a ridiculously easier task!

When I mention easy on the stomach, for those concerned, this recipe is gluten, egg and dairy free. This dish serves 2 people with extra rice for the next day.

500 grams minced chicken
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove chopped very finely or minced
2 tablespoons of soy sauce (I like the soy sauce flavour, 1 tablespoon is good )
2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of spring onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon grated or finely chopped ginger
2 cups of Sushi rice (Japanese short grain rice)
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons caster sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Tamari style soy sauce for serving

Wash the rice thoroughly until the water is clear
Place the rice in a rice cooker with 2 cups of water
Set the rice cooker to cook and fluff occasionally with a wood spoon
Season the rice with the rice vinegar, caster sugar and salt (this is optional and tastes just as delicious without)
Line a flat tray with baking paper
Preheat the oven to 180C
Place the chicken mince in a bowl and mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into small balls on the tray. The mixture will be quite wet but will cook to a firm and juicy meatball
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until done


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