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Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs

April 14, 2016

Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs are the perfect little appetizer for a fun gathering or a quick and easy topping for a bowl of Asian ramen noodles. Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs /

Sesame Miso chicken meatballs are infused with sesame oil, ginger, green onion, miso paste and then rolled in toasted sesame seeds and has a delicious ponzu sesame dipping sauce. They are super easy to make, baked to perfection and received 2 thumbs up from the hungry crew.

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Of course you can use pork or beef as an exchange for the ground chicken but the ground chicken reminds me of the flavours of delicious yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken on skewers).

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Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs are gluten-free, dairy free and easy to forget how many you have eaten, as I seem to just keep popping in one after the other. I have to make another batch. You know recipe creation is difficult but then of course we need to have a quality assurance analyzer to make sure it passes the test. I have eaten a LOT of sesame miso chicken meatballs this week. 🙂

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Miso is a fermented soybean paste and gives many Japanese dishes their delicious umami savoury flavor. You can use miso as an alternative to soy sauce or salt and it gives your dishes a deeper delicious flavor. If you are sensitive to gluten, then you are going to have to look for miso alternatives and there are many that are made without wheat or soy sauce. I used a an organic Japanese brown rice Miso from Clearspring and it is made with only brown rice and no barley. Miso is a delicious and easy way to add flavor and umami to these delicious Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs.

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Ponzu sauce is essentially soy sauce, yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit), mirin (Japanese rice wine for cooking), dashi broth and a touch of sugar. Heck I can't even get yuzu here in Hong Kong, so I know that most of you would not be able to source this product either. Therefore, I simplified the whole recipe to include items you can find no matter where you are living.

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As our family uses tamari sauce (gluten-free soy sauce alternative) to avoid gluten, I made my own homemade ponzu sauce by simply mixing tamari and fresh squeezed lime juice together. I added just a touch of sesame oil to give the sauce a richer taste. If you have mirin, dashi and yuzu in your pantry, by all means use that too. The Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs are delicious all by themselves and would be fabulous in a bowl of ramen noodles. However if you are serving them as an appetizer, then I suggest serving them with the ponzu sauce as it gives them a bright fresh citrus savoury flavor.

Wishing all of you a super weekend!

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Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs

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April 14, 2016

Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs are the perfect little appetiser for a fun get together or a quick and easy topping for a bowl of Asian ramen noodles. 

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults


ground chicken - 1/2 pound (8 ounces)

tofu - 1/3 cup firm

green onions - 1/4 cup chopped finely

miso paste - 1 tablespoon (gluten-free)

ginger - 1 tablespoon

tamari (soy sauce) - 1 tablespoon

white pepper - 1/2 teaspoon

sesame oil - 1 teaspoon

sesame seeds - 3 tablespoons toasted white

Ponzu Dipping Sauce

tamari (soy sauce) - 3 tablespoons

lime juice - 2 tablespoons

sesame oil - 1 teaspoon


1In a bowl mix ground chicken, tofu, green onions, miso paste, ginger, tamari (soy sauce), white pepper, sesame oil and mix until well incorporated.

2Roll chicken mixture into 1 and 1/2 inch balls and then roll into toasted sesame seeds to cover chicken meatball completely. Set aside on a parchment paper lined baking dish or well greased pan. (They have a tendency to stick so don't skip this step)

3You can either bake uncovered for approximately 20 minutes in a 190 degree C (375 degrees F) oven until golden brown and no longer pink inside . Or you can pan fry for approximately 12 minutes on medium low heat and turning occasionally so they brown on all sides. When the chicken meatballs are done, they will be slightly firm to the touch and no longer pink inside.

4While your chicken meatballs are cooking, prepare the ponzu dipping sauce. In a small bowl add tamari (soy sauce), lime juice and sesame oil and mix.

5Enjoy Sesame Miso Chicken Meatballs with the ponzu sesame sauce! Garnish with green onions if desired.

  • You created a healthy and tasty meatball, thank you. I like the added ginger and miso.I will make these meatballs and the ponzu dipping sauce soon.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Gerlinde. I am delighted you like the flavors in this recipe. It is a super easy recipe so hope you give it a try soon. Take care

  • Just what I needed for Friday night nibbles on the balcony with a cold beer. Love the flavours you’ve got going on here – I’d probably eat a whole batch myself 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nancy, for sure the perfect Friday nibble to enjoy with a beer or even a sake.

  • I love meatballs – I make a big batch and freeze them every time so that I can make cheat meals on lazy days. This meatballs is definitely going onto my to-make list! I love everything sesame so I know this is definitely delicious!

    • Bams Kitchen

      That is a great idea Jasline. The only issue with 2 boys is that there are never any extras but you could so make extra a freeze and use within 2 months. I like the crispy coating of the toasted sesame on these chicken meatballs.

  • Quality assurance is very important, particularly when it comes to recipes. Glad to see you’re so dedicated! With this dish, I would be too. Looks wonderful, and I don’t think I’d ever tire of it. Thanks!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you John! Let me know if you ever need a quality assurance drink tester/recipe for Kitchen Riff’s…its a difficult job but someone has to make sure your drinks meet bartender specifications… LOL

  • Come Spring every year, I start to crave lime, ginger and green onions. You’ve got them all!! I will definitely be serving these as yummy little appetizers, Bobbi. Thanks for a fantastic recipe.
    We need to catch up soon, Sweetie. oxox

    • Bams Kitchen

      Me too as these I guess are many of the spring flavors and it is so damp here I think an extra dose of ginger could not hurt to keep us all healthy. Thanks so much and looking forward to catching up soon.

  • Oh these look so good! Makes me hungry looking at them!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jean, I wish I could send some over to SG for you. I hope you are surviving the humidity.

  • You are so right – I would so forget how many of these I’ve eaten – and forget about sharing! Bobbi, I’ve never had chicken balls quite like this but your combo of chicken with sesame oil, ginger, green onion, miso paste and toasted sesame seeds sounds absolutely delicious!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya Shashi, quality control is a very serious job but even a more detrimental to note that you have just eaten all the props. Ayyahh… LOL

  • Hi Bam, Love the flavors of these meatballs and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful. I can see why your sons take quality control so seriously. Mine son nearly ate us out of house and home when he was a teenager, I now miss that.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Cheri, I think my boys take the quality control job a little too seriously as they only gave me a few minutes to get a couple of shots before they were stealing them off the last plate. LOL

  • Oh Bobbi… you’re making my stomach growl! These look and sound so amazing! As soon as you compared the taste to yakitori – sold! I just love that you’ve made these into meatballs – so fun and so perfectly pop-able!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya Kathleen, I love yakitori too! One of my favorite Japanese dishes with chicken and negima and this recipe has chicken and spring onions so it is very similar in flavorings. I bet you could also dip them in some shio (Japanese Salt) and they would be delicious too.

  • Eha

    After decades of virtually living on Asian food, it is so nice to see something a little different. I LOVE sesame seeds and that very easy way of making ponzu will surely be copied! Have a good weekend . . .would love to be there . . . don’t think the rains have begun yet . . . would love to go up to The Peak and look down on all new since my last time in HK!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha, I am glad you like the recipe and the simplified ponzu sauce. Actually, we have not had sunlight in Hong Kong since Feb 8th. I am not joking. Raining for days on end and it is not even the rainy season yet. I think I need to head over to the land of OZ for sunshine and to see you of course! Wishing you a super weekend!

  • These look so tasty and sound like a great appetizer!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nancy

  • Loving everything about this post, Bobbi. The texture, flavor, color and dipping sauce. Plus, they are so palatable. Everything looks wonderful. PS: I am so in LOVE with this gorgeous plate.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Anu. Actually that is a one of a kind dish as I made that in a pottery class when I was living in Japan. If I had known that food blogging was going to be my thing, I would have made loads more dishes/props… LOL

  • What a fantastic looking recipe- love ponzu sauce 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sarah, I use ponzu sauce in alot of dishes. Have you ever tried it as part of a salad dressing? Really! It is delicious.

  • These are so genius! I am out of miso and was out trying to get some today without luck. Need to try again tomorrow and now I know what else I can do with it. The dipping sauce is such a great combo…these babies would go fast!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Monica. You can use miso in many Asian dishes as a replacement for soya sauce or salt as it really promotes that 5th taste sense of savoury umami from the fermentation process. Wishing you family a super weekend.

  • What gorgeous meatballs. I’ve never had both miso in meatballs, nor have ever had chicken meatballs. Yes, a shame. 🙁 But I can’t wait to try it.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya AiPing, well this may be your chance to explore something new and fun. They are so easy to make too. Take care

  • Liz

    I have had miso on my shopping list numerous times, but it’s never made it into my kitchen. As a meatball lover, I think it’s high time I make the actual purchase! These sound fabulous!!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Liz. There are so many recipes that you can use miso paste in so hope that you remember it when you are passing the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Wishing you a super weekend!

  • I definitely want to try these! My family absolutely loves meatballs of any kind…this will be a fun change from our old standbys!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Michelle, That was exactly what I was thinking we needed to switch up the usual meatball recipe as the same old, same old gets boring after a while.

  • Amy @ Pressure Cook Recipes

    Yum! These meatballs got a lot of nice flavors… miso, sesame oil, ponzu sauce. Gotta try this recipe sometime 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Amy. I hope you give this recipe a try soon.

  • I’m such a sucker for home-made appetizers like this one… Totally awesome! The sesame coating seems to be sooo perfect!

  • They look so beautiful, flavorful and delicious. Wish I could grab one right now 🙂

  • That’s my kind of food! All the ingredients make me want to make these asap. Thanks for sharing

  • Sesame? Miso? Chicken? Meatballs?! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

  • These meatballs are screaming my name! Sesame is a killer ingredient! I love it! Sharing love around!

  • I friggin’ love this combo! I must make it – I need to get some ground chicken ASAP

  • It is my last day of work tomorrow and I have requested a fully blown asian fiesta for lunch, going to add these to the menu. Yum!

  • These look so moist and delicious! We are featuring this week at Saucy Saturdays! We just couldn’t help ourselves!!

  • Wow Bobbi!! These are so so so delicious!! I am looking for miso right now.. these are so flavorful. Kudos!!

  • I’ve got to get some miso pasta as I have everything else to make your chicken meatballs. They will make a nice little nibble with cocktails.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Karen. They are a delicious nibble with coctails. May I suggest a Sapporo Beer or Sake.. or even an umeshu over ice?

  • Great to see that you make sauce and i love homemade sauce. These meatballs look gorgeous with sesame texture and loved all the pics and your style of pics

  • Oh yum, I could totally go for a huge plate of these right now! Love this post, especially your food-tography 🙂 Have a great day! xo

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