Tsukune Japanese chicken balls I


Tsukune is savoury Japanese meatballs made from ground chicken and coated with a sauce made from soy sauce, mirin and sake.


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1/2 yellow onion

1 lb. ground chicken

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. ginger, minced

1/4 tsp. salt

4 Tbsp. potato starch

2 tsp. oil


1 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. mirin

3 Tbsp. water

1/2 tsp. potato starch


1. Finely chop the onion.

2. Mix ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

3.Combine ground chicken, onion, egg yolk, ginger, salt and potato starch in a bowl and mix well. Shape into 16 small balls.

4. Heat oil in a frying pan at medium heat. Fry the balls for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.

5. Add the sauce, and cook for a minute. Coat the balls with sauce.

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