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Ginger chicken meatballs in broth with greens

Serves 4Ginger chicken balls on a white bowl.

This is a good supper – uplifting, light, energizing. Add other vegetables – spinach, broccoli, thin slices of mushroom, beans – to the bok choy (or use instead of it). Minced turkey also works if you can’t get chicken.



  • 500g (1lb 2oz) minced chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2cm (¾in) root ginger, peeled and finely grated, plus 2 slices, each about the thickness of a pound coin
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1.2l (2 pints) chicken stock
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 heads of bok choy, leaves separated and halved lengthways
  • juice of 1 lime


  1. Using your hands, mix together the chicken, garlic, soy sauce, ginger and half the spring onions. Season. Wet your hands and shape the mixture into little balls each about the size of a walnut in its shell. If you have time to chill these, so much the better as they’ll be easier to work with. Put them on a baking sheet, cover with cling film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium-large saucepan and cook the meatballs in two batches, turning them over to make sure they get colour all over. It will take about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. If there is any fat in the pan, pour it out, but don’t wash the pan.
  3. Add the stock to the pan and bring to the boil, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat, return the meatballs, then bring to a simmer and cook for three minutes. Add the boy choy and the rest of the chilli and cook for another three minutes. The meatballs should be cooked through and the bok choy tender. Fish out the slices of ginger. Add the lime juice and remaining spring onions, taste for seasoning and serve.

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