Monday, December 16, 2013

Chicken and Date Meatballs with Balsamic Glaze

Holiday recipes for me have to be simple, quick and, of course, tasty. This recipe encompasses all of that plus it is baked, making it lighter in calories. 

Chicken and Date Meatballs
Makes about 20

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 fresh sage leaves
2 lbs ground chicken breast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
10 dates, chopped

Balsamic glaze:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey

1. Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and sage leaves, until the onion and pepper have softened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, and remove and discard the bay leaf, thyme sprigs and sage leaves. Set the mixture aside to cool.
2. Add the cooled onion and pepper mixture to the ground chicken, in a large  bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and form into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Continue this process until all of the chicken mixture has been used up.
4. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.
5. To make the balsamic glaze: Add the ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour this glaze over the meatballs before serving.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks delish!