Savory Chicken & Veggie Bites

Main dish | November 29, 2014 | By

Savory Chicken & Veggie Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium zucchini, cut into thick slices
  2. 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  3. 3 green onions, cut into thick slices
  4. 1 cup loose-packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  5. 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 tsp sea salt
  9. 1/2 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  10. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  11. 1 1/2 lbs. ground chicken (preferably dark meat, or a combination of dark & white)
  12. Olive oil, palm shortening or coconut oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Place the first 3 ingredients (zucchini, red pepper and onions) into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until fine diced, scraping down the bowl as needed to ensure uniform size.
  2. Add the spinach, parsley, garlic, egg and seasonings. Continue to pulse just until spinach is chopped and ingredients are combined. (Do not over process or mixture will become liquified.)
  3. Add the ground chicken and pulse briefly, just until ingredients are combined. (Note: Ground dark meat is much more flavorful and moist, which is why I recommend it.)
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Scoop tablespoon-size balls of the chicken mixture and carefully add to hot oil, making to sure space the meatballs about 2" apart for easier turning. Use a spatula to gentle flatten the meatballs into small thick patties.
  5. Cook chicken & veggie bites about 4-5 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. (If patties are browning too quickly, reduce the heat.) Transfer cooked patties to a paper towel lined plate. Add additional oil as needed and continue cooking as directed above.
  6. Serve immediately, or allow patties to cool and store in fridge for up to 4-5 days. To freeze, place patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in freezer. Once frozen solid, transfer patties to an airtight freezer safe container and store in freezer for up to one month. When ready to use, remove desired number of patties from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Reheat in a 200°F oven for about 5 minutes, or add to your favorite dishes.
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