So who doesn’t love chicken balls? Nooooobody!! But the chicken balls we’re thinking about are from the local Chinese restaurant that we all order from during the late evenings after a night of drinking. Still they are delicious, and really, how could you not like something in a ball that’s been breaded and deep fried. This recipe was inspired by a cooking show called Big Daddy’s Housestarring Aaron McCargo, Jr.The recipe was based on a flavor that replicated wings, using a buffalo sauce and pairing it up with a blue cheese dip. I left it simple and skipped the addition of hot sauce in the chicken mixture and did not make a dipping sauce as my fridge is filled with too many condiments. Just used one of the many sauces awaiting battle in my fridge.
Really this recipe could not get any easier! I add stock/gravy to the mixture before frying in order to add more flavor and to help the mixture form a ball.
Serves: 10-15 Balls
½ Cup gravy or stock
1 Cooked rotisserie chicken
1 Cup of shredded cheese
2 Tbsp diced green onion
1 Tbsp chili flakes
4 Cups of vegetable oil(for frying)
Salt and Pepper
2 Cups flour
2 Cups panko bread crumbs
Shred chicken into a large bowl and discard the skin. Add cheese, green onion, chili flakes and stock/gravy. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated.
Place oil into a small deep pot for frying on medium heat.
Make your breading station by adding flour, beaten egg and panko breadcrumbs to each of there own bowls. Start forming your balls with your hands or you can use an ice cream scoop. Make sure you pack the balls tight so they stay together.
Take your chicken balls one by one and flour(making sure its fully covered), and then put in the beaten egg mixture and then the panko mixture.
Once all your chicken balls are prepped your frying oil should be ready. I always check by putting the end of a wooden spoon in the oil and if it starts bubbling its hot enough to fry. You could use a thermometer. Your looking for 350F.
Fry for 3-5 minutes while flipping the balls half way if your oil doesn't cover them during the frying process. Remove with a slotted spoon, season with salt and pepper, and Enjoy!
These were so good and easy to make. These chicken balls can be made ahead of time, as you can do all the breading and just keep in the fridge until ready for frying or you can fry them and store them in the fridge once they have cooled. When ready to serve just pop them into the oven. They won’t be as crispy as doing them fresh but you will definitely have more time to watch football, or drink beer.