Steamed Pearl Chicken Meatballs

These meatballs look like they need very hard work, but they don’t. Rice kernels stand up with steam and look pretty. This recipe – plain and easy variation without spices, not like real Chinese zhenzhu qiu. Just rice, chicken mince and onion.


1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp. salted butter
salt and pepper

Place 1/2 cup rice in a bowl; cover with water to 1 inch above rice, and let stand 1 hour. Drain rice well; place rice in a shallow dish, and set aside.

Sauté onion in melted butter on medium heat until oft and golden, let cool. Combine chicken and onion in a large bowl, add salt and pepper to taste; stir well. Drop chicken mixture by rounded tablespoons (I used Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop) into rice, rolling to form rice-coated balls.

Line steamer with parchment paper. Place balls 1/2 inch apart in steamer. Steam 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

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