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Butter Chicken Meatballs with Basmati Rice and Broccoli and Cauliflower Popcorn

Butter Chicken Meatballs with Basmati Rice and Broccoli and Cauliflower Popcorn

Makes 4 servings

prep time 15 min

total time 40 min


  • 1 cup (250 mL) UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice
    1 lb (500 mL) Extra-lean ground chicken
    1/4 cup (60 mL) Bread crumbs
    1 Egg
    2 Green onions, finely chopped
    3 tsp (15 mL) Garam masala
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) Salt
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Butter
    1 Onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves Garlic, minced
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Minced fresh gingerroot
    1 tsp (5 mL) Ground cumin
    1 tsp (5 mL) Ground coriander
    1 can (398 mL) No salt added diced tomatoes
    1/4 cup (60 mL) 35% Whipping cream
    4 cups (1 L) Broccoli florets
    4 cups (1 L) Cauliflower florets
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Canola oil
    1 tsp (5 mL) Curry powder


  • Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix together ground chicken, bread crumbs, egg, green onions, 2 tsp of the garam masala and salt until combined; roll into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander and remaining garam masala, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables soften. Pour in tomatoes and cream; bring to boil. Reduce to simmer; cook for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Add meatballs; cook for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare rice according to package directions without butter. Meanwhile, toss together broccoli, cauliflower, oil and curry powder; arrange in single layer on baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown in a few spots.
  • Spoon chicken meatballs and sauce over rice; serve with broccoli and cauliflower popcorn on the side.


Add your own flare with toasted whole spices like cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, whole cloves or cumin seeds. It’s seriously delicious!

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