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Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in NonVeg | 1 comment

Swedish Chicken Meatballs

Swedish Chicken Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatball,a classic American fare is well liked in our home.Particularly my little pasta lover girl,begs for it regularly.So  i obliged them today :-).We like regular meatballs in red sauce but my hubby,LOVES Swedish style meatballs and so do I.

However,as much as i have heard the glory of IKEA Swedish meatballs,none of us have tasted it and  not being a red meat eater,I could never taste one in future either.Also I am kinda picky about meatballs.Yes I would like an Asian inspired meatballs “may be” but it’s not something I get excited about eating.I have prepared this  Swedish Meatballs recipe  before,so we stuck with it today as well.

  • I used 1 lb ground chicken and adjusted rest of the ingredients accordingly.I used melon baller to scoop out the meatballs,which is not round but flattened and I call it Chicken Fritters.I wasn’t counting but it made 3 dozen meatballs easily.I froze some.It was great just as it is without sauce.It will be a great filling for pita bread unsauced.
Chicken Fritters |

Chicken Fritters |

  • You know i often tell you to adapt and tweak the condiments per your liking, well, you can but i would be very hesitant in replacing cardamom and nutmeg.It not only gives subtle aroma to the dish,it adds bit of mellow sweetness,touch of ‘omph’ to the meatball.MUST HAVE  in my book.
  • I  just added plain water to make gravy.It looks dark because i made the gravy in a same nearly burn out pan,i shallow fried the meatballs and no, it was not burnt for the record 🙂
  • I forgot to add any Jelly this evening but i have added plum jelly before.Of course,add Lingonberry Jelly,if you have, for traditional touch.
Swedish Chicken Meatballs |

Swedish Chicken Meatballs |

  • I added 2 tablespoon or may be less of yogurt in the end.Yogurt(sour cream) adds subtle tang to this dish and i would say MUST ADD as well.
  • I served the dish with Linguine mixed with Oil marinated Artichokes-sundried tomatos-olive blend.Lets just say,we just had enough leftover for next morning lunch for my daughter.
Bird's Nest |

Bird’s Nest |

Swedish Chicken Meatballs


  1. 1 pound ground Chicken
  2. 1 small onion chopped
  3. 1 small clove of garlic crushed.
  4. 1 TBSP butter + 1/2 TBSP oil + more for shallow frying
  5. 1 egg
  6. Soak
  7. 2 slices of bread,soaked in milk
  8. Condiments
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  12. Sauce (for dozen and half meat balls)
  13. 2 Tablespoon Butter
  14. 2 Tablespoon flour
  15. 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  16. 1-1/2 cup water
  17. 2 Tablespoon Yogurt
  18. Lingonberry Jelly /Plum Jelly( if you have it )


  1. In a pan,saute the onion and garlic in oil-butter mix,until translucent.
  2. In a separate bowl,squeeze out the milk soaked bread.
  3. Add egg.
  4. Add sauted onion and condiments to it and stir it well.
  5. Add ground chicken and gently fold it with hand or spatuala.
  6. Make a meat ball of the size you desire.
  7. In a same pan,add enough oil to just coat the surface.
  8. Add meatball to it without touching each other.
  9. Shallow fry it until it is cooked at medium-low.
  10. Sauce
  11. In the same pan,add 2 tablespoon of butter.
  12. Add flour and stir it well.
  13. Add water and scrap the surface to loosen the tid-bits from frying the meatballs.
  14. Once it starts boiling,add meatball.
  15. Simmer it down till the desired consistency is reached.
  16. Add yogurt or if you have sour cream,mix that.
  17. Serve it with Pasta.

1 Comment

  1. Do we have any thing similar to Orecchiette in india?

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