Dorm Cooking 101: Everything Meatballs

I’ve been wanting to buy ground chicken for a while (I call it minced chicken, but I’ve been told that ‘minced’ chicken is chopped up chicken), but I always forget and every time I do remember, I’m too lazy to go to the store. Now that I live near three 24 hour groceries, I can buy it whenever I remember, and that’s what I did. I initially planned to make burgers, but Ikea’s website inspired me to make meatballs instead. It was something I’d never tried before and really, how hard could it be?

I call them everything meatballs because I literally put everything in my fridge door in them, except for milk and orange juice. They were delicious. Except for the ground chicken, eggs and flour, all the ingredients are optional. I know, don’t I make cooking seem easy?

– 450 gram package of ground chicken (I used half of this to make six meatballs)
– 1 egg
– 2 tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs (I used flour– made it stickier)
– 1 spring onion (optional)
– Some feta, mozarella or cheddar cheese (I’m a boss & a fatty so I used all)
– Jack Daniels’ Barbeque sauce
– Franks Hot Sauce
– Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce
– Salt & Pepper
– Couple of cloves of garlic

Finely chop (I say finely because I hate biting into a large piece of garlic or onion) the garlic and spring onion. Grate the cheese. Add the chopped/grated ingredients, sauces and a beaten egg to the chicken and mix well. I suggest using your hands because even though it feels gross, it is the best way to incorporate all the ingredients into the chicken. Add the flour or breadcrumbs to hold it all together. I rolled the meatballs in flour when I was done. I’m not sure why I did this, I’m not sure if it made a difference. I made them around lunch time and ate them for dinner.
When you’re cooking them, you can either fry them or bake them, I browned them on a pan and then put the pan in the oven so they could cook on the inside. If your pan has a plastic handle I wouldn’t suggest this.
They were juicy and delicious and the tiny pieces of feta and the slight barbecue flavour was dynamite. They got my picky room mate’s approval too, so I think I did a pretty good job!
Meatball mission: Use as many items from the fridge door as possible!

I kind of burnt a couple of them, I was a little distracted when I was ‘browning’ them–


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