2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, minced fine
1 medium onion, minced fine
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tablespoons beaten egg
4 Tablespoons coarsely grated fresh parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon Vietnamese hot sauce
2 Tablespoons or more of cornstarch
Mix all ingredients for meatballs, adding more cornstarch if necessary to make a soft mixture that will just barely hold together to form meatballs. Make walnut sized balls, roll each ball in garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour. Fry the meatballs in a few tablespoons of peanut oil in a hot skillet a few at a time. When they are browned on all sides, remove them to a plate and set them aside. Fry additional meatballs in this manner until they are all browned. Then leave them to sit for a few minutes while you make the sauce. They are not yet completely cooked and are not safe to eat until they have cooked in the sauce that you will make next.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
1 Tablespoon brandy
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fry the garlic and onion in 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a 12 inch non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Deglaze the pan with the brandy (add the brandy and stir around to loosen anything that is stuck to the pan). Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Taste the sauce for sweetness, salt etc.
Now place the meatballs in the sauce carefully. There should be enough meatballs to make one layer on the top of the sauce. Stir very gently with a wooden spoon or bamboo spatula to settle the meatballs in to the sauce – do not break up the meatballs. Cover the pan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so. Because of the garbanzo bean flour that was used to coat the meatballs prior to frying, the sauce will become quite thick – watch that it does not stick. Taste the sauce and adjust as necessary.
Serve over Tinkyada brown rice penne. (Cook the penne according to package directions, but check if it is cooked before the time is up – this pasta can cook quicker than the package states. Rinse the penne in cold water, then return to the pan and stir in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. )
This recipe was adapted for the gluten-free community by Gf-Zing!, and was based on a Turkey Meatball recipe called Polpette alla Mollie which was found on the internet.