Monday 29 May 2006

Sweet & Sour Chicken Meatballs

Although nowadays there are some people who are having phobia of eating chicken because of the H5N5 Bird flu Virus. Chicken is still an excellent source of protein and a rich source of most B Vitamins. However, chicken skin is high in saturated fat and should be removed before eating. Chicken breast fillet is an ideal meat for any weight loss diet. Chicken meat is also low in carbohydrate, low in fat with a moderate protein content.

So for today's dish, we will be using Chicken Breast fillet to make the meatballs and deep-fry in with breadcrumbs. We also incorporate a few colourful vegetables to make this dish more vibrant and nutrition.

For those who loves to eat sweet and sour pork but scare of it fats contain, maybe you will wish to try on this low-fat version using chicken breast meatball. It taste just as good as well........

Ingredients:(can make 16-20 small meatballs)
1 Chicken Breast Fillet, skin removed
2 - 3 Tablespoons Cornflour
1 Egg, lightly beaten
4 - 5 Tablespoons Dried Breadcrumbs
1 Medium Japanese Cucumber, peel and cut into 1" section
1 Medium Tomato, cut into wedges
1/2 Red Onion, cut into wedges
1/2 Yellow Pepper, cut into wedges
1 Piece Fresh Pineapple, cut into wedges

1. Remove the skin from the chicken breast, wash and cut it into small cubes and put it in a food processor.
2. Add in 1 Teaspoon Cornflour, 1/2 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce, 1 Teaspoon Cooking Wine, 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil and some pepper then blend the diced chicken into a paste form.
3. Let the chicken paste rest in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Roll the chicken paste into a small meatball (about the size of a normal fishball), coat it with some corn flour, then dip in beaten egg and roll onto some breadcrumbs.
5. Leave all the breadcrumb meatballs aside for 2-3 minutes so that the breadcrumbs won't fall off easily when deep-frying.
6. Prepare a pot of 80% boiling hot oil and slowly add in the meatballs in two batches and deep-fry till golden brown, drain and set aside.
8. Preheat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, saute the Onion until fragrant then add in the tomato, cucumber, yellow pepper and pineapple and stir till combine.
9. Next add in the sauce ingredients and bring to boil, gradually add in some cornflour mixture(1 tablespoon cornflour + 1 tablespoon water) and stir well.
10. Lastly add in the meatballs and stir fry till all the meatballs are coated with the sauce and remove to serve.

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
6 Tablespoons Water
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Fine Sugar
2 Tablespoon Tomato Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon A1 Sauce
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon Chilli Sauce
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

1. Mix all the above sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for later use.

Notes: You can also used those pre-mix sweet and sour sauce that is found in most supermarket like Lee Kum Kee Brand. Posted by Picasa

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