I just wanted a fun recipe that would bring together chicken and Chorizo. That’s not a tall order. I came up with the idea of combining the two in the simplest of forms- meatballs! As I’ve already mentioned, chefs with painted grins on Youtube had beaten me to it. Not to be defeated, I bought a few ingredients and made my mind up to keep everything very simple. Big flavours, satisfying result. That was the goal. All I had to do was control my urge to add lots of different spices, herbs and random bits that would end up robbing the meatballs of their distinctive taste.
Chicken and Chorizo meatballs
500g minced chicken
120g Chorizo sausage (skin removed)
1 green pepper (diced)
Chop the Chorizo into small pieces. This isn’t easy because of the high fat content and the firm texture that comes with cured meat. Put the Chorizo into a large bowl with the minced chicken and the egg. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, squeeze the juice of one lime over everything and work the mixture with your hands until thoroughly combined. Mix in the diced green pepper and then begin to roll the mixture into little balls. Try to push the green pepper into the centre of each ball so that it won’t break away when it cooks.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and brown the meatballs in continuous batches until there is no mixture left. I managed to make just over forty, but it all depends on how much mixture you use for each one. You could always make these into burgers if you wanted something more substantial. Transfer each set of browned meatballs to a baking tray and when it’s full, slide onto the middle shelf of a preheated oven at 180 degrees. Cook the meatballs for about fifteen to twenty minutes until they’re done all the way through. Don’t be tempted to eat them if they’re still pink in the middle.
I liked the idea of threading these meatballs onto wooden skewers and I served them like that with Mexican rice and a Chipotle relish. Sour cream and guacamole would be great to dip into, but to be honest, these little beauties are best appreciated on their own. For once, I didn’t mess up a perfectly good idea by tinkering too much with decent ingredients. As always, there are lots of things that could be added to the meatballs, but I’m very happy with how small the list of ingredients is. This time, I’ll agree that less is definitely more.