garlic chicken balls

Garlic Chicken Balls

Chicken and garlic are a match made in heaven, so these chicken garlic balls are the perfect alternative to chicken kiev if you are looking for an easy appetiser or bite-size snack.

This recipe was created during a moment of desperation caused by my pregnancy craving of chicken kiev. Garlic is a flavour I love and mixed with chicken, you can’t really go wrong. So with a bit of experimentation, these Garlic Chicken Balls were formed.

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GARLIC CHICKEN BALLS RECIPE

This simple and affordable recipe still incorporates all the good bits of a traditional chicken kiev. Yet the smaller, round shape gives you more options for serving them up.

The smaller size makes them great for kids. It also makes them a fantastic option to serve as an appetiser at a party or event. You could make them even smaller, put them on a tray and stick some toothpicks in them for an easy on the go finger food.

These chicken kiev balls would make great lunch box fillers served cold. A simple afternoon snack, or serve them with a side dish such as veggies or salad for dinner. These chicken garlic balls also freeze pretty well so they are a great option for freezer cooking too.

As an added bonus, my 2 year old thinks they are delicious! I guess she inherited her mother’s love of garlic in food.

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken mince
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons parsley
  • Cooking oil

How To Make Chicken And Garlic Balls

  1. Melt butter in small bowl. Mix in garlic and parsley. Allow to set in fridge or freezer until hard.
  2. When set, cut garlic butter into cubes.
  3. Roll mince into balls, inserting one cube of garlic butter into each and smoothing over to prevent leaking.
  4. Whisk eggs in bowl. Dip chicken balls in egg, then coat generously in breadcrumbs.
  5. Repeat with all chicken balls.
  6. Shallow fry garlic chicken balls until golden brown. Serve.

Can You Reheat Chicken Balls?

Yes! You can absolutely make ahead a batch of garlic chicken balls and reheat them when you are ready to serve them or if you have leftovers. Doing this in the oven or air fryer will prevent them from getting too soggy in the microwave. They will also stay crispy this way.

The other alternative is to make ahead and freeze before cooking. This means you can easily defrost a few for a quick weeknight dinner or when you have guests coming, and simply cook as normal.

Chicken Kiev Ball Serving Ideas

The best thing about these garlic chicken balls is you can make them ahead of time if you are entertaining, and reheat. Try serving your chicken balls with a dipping sauce on a platter as a simple party appetiser. You can’t go wrong! A salsa dip would pair great.

For dinner, serve your garlic balls on a bed of mash potato to soak up the extra garlic and add extra flavour through your mash.

They also work really well in school lunches if your kids don’t mind eating them cold. Mine will eat them cold so sometimes I will pop a couple in their lunch box in the place of a sandwich for something different.

Garlic Chicken Balls

A delicious and simple alternative to chicken kiev - a perfect party appetiser, lunch box filler or main meal.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: garlic chicken balls
Author: Holly

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken mince
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons parsley
  • Cooking oil

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a small bowl. Mix in garlic and parsley. Allow time to set in the fridge or freezer until hard.
  • When set, cut garlic butter into cubes.
  • Roll mince into balls, inserting one cube of garlic butter into each and smoothing over to prevent leaking.
  • Whisk eggs in a bowl. Dip chicken balls in egg, then coat generously in breadcrumbs.
  • Repeat with all chicken balls.
  • Shallow fry garlic chicken balls until golden brown. Serve.

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18 thoughts on “Garlic Chicken Balls”

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Little chicken kiev balls!!! I love it! Gosh these would be so good. I can see why these would have been a craving for you! Have a great Christmas lovely lady! Thank you so much for supporting our FFF parties this year! xxx

    1. Thanks Lucy and yep, cannot get enough of these & anything garlic related right now with this bub. Is that a boy thing, maybe? lol Well done on how successful your link ups have been & for giving me yummy recipes to try each week x

    1. I am surprised by some of my daughters tastes. Like tonight’s butter chicken… But then again, I did eat it in excess while pregnant with her lol hopefully yours will one day see how amazing garlic is :)

  2. Jennifer Kennedy

    Oh my goodness…this sounds AMAZING. Ha. I was drooling as I was reading the recipe. I love garlic,too, and butter and parsley. :)
    I think I might have to try this recipe out in the near future! Thanks for sharing.

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