Apricot and Chicken Meatballs

This fruity, funky, fun and filling dish is a perfect option for a weeknight family dinner with the sweetest difference.

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  • 500 g Tegel Fresh Chicken Premium Breast Mince
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 550 g can Wattie's Just Add Chicken Sweet Apricot Simmer Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock, wine or water
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1. In a bowl, mix together the Tegel Fresh Chicken Premium Breast Mince, spring onions, breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon zest and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Use wet hands to roll the mixture into walnut sized balls.

2. Heat a dash of oil in a deep-lidded frying pan and brown the meatballs. This is best done in 2 batches. Set aside.

3. Add an extra dash of oil to the pan, gently fry onion, ginger and celery until tender but not brown. Add Wattie’s Just Add Sweet Apricot Simmer Sauce and chicken stock and chicken meatballs. Mix together, cover and simmer gently 15-20 minutes

Serve hot with plain boiled rice and seasonal steamed vegetables.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker Instructions:

Following step 1 and 2, place in a slow cooker with the remaining ingredients without any chicken stock. Cook on LOW without stirring for approx 8 hours (refer to your user manual). Serve as directed above.


To spice it up add some Wattie's Sweet Chilli Sauce.

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