Saucy Chicken and Rocket Meatballs

These Chicken meat balls are absolutely Devine the rocket and the capers work so nicely together with the chicken so easy and so delicious I can’t rate this dish highly enough ( but of course it is persona preference Recipe by Dish


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100 grams rocket leaves, finely shredded
  • 500g chicken mince
  • 1/2 cup fresh soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • sea salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned flour
  • hot, cooked pasta
  • freshly shaved parmesan cheese


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 x 400g tins italian tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme


  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan and cook the bacon. Add the garlic and rocket leaves and stir to wilt. Transfer to a plate and cool.
  2. Combine the chicken mince, bread crumbs, cheese, capers, and the egg in a bowl and season. Add the rocket mixture. Add the rocket mixture and combine well. Roll into walnut sized balls.
  3. Heat a little olive oil in a large saute pan. Dust the meatballs with flour, shaking off the excess. Cook over a moderate heat in a single layer until golden and just cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs.
  4. Tip most of the fat out of the pan and add the butter. Add the onion and cook until soft. Pour in the brandy, increase the heat and simmer until most of it has evaporated. Add the tomatoes and thyme and season. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened a little.
  5. Add the meatballs along with any juices on the plate and simmer until hot. Serve immediately on hot cooked pasta and shave over extra parmesan cheese.

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