Chipotle Chicken Meatballs

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Every since I made Shrimp with Chipotle Sauce back in August, I’ve had a can of Chipotles in my fridge that I’ve slowly been trying to chip away at.  One or two chipotles goes a LOOOONG way, so you always end up with extras after you open a can.  As a result, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into meals.

These little guys are juicy, flavorful,  inexpensive , and fast to make.  Another perfect, throw-together weeknight meal.  Most of the ingredients you may have on hand already….

Crank up your broiler.  Combine 1/3 cup of water with 1/3 cup of plain breadcrumbs in a bowl and set aside.  In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of fat.  Add the chopped onions to the bacon fat and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, chiles, and 2 tablespoons of water.  Scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

Add the onion mixture to the breadcrumbs and allow to cool slightly.

Add the chicken, bacon and cilantro to the breadcrumb mixture; season with salt and pepper.

Form the mixture into golf-ball sized meatballs.  I was able to get 16 out of the mixture, but I think you could probably get up to around 20 or so.

Broil the meatballs, turning once, until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. Serve.

Try to resist the urge to throw them at your husband’s head….
Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Serves 3 to 4

Recipe Adapted from Rachael Ray, September 2011

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