Chicken balls

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A tray of chicken balls in a Canadian Chinese restaurant

Chicken balls are a food consisting of small, spherical or nearly spherical pieces of chicken. They are prepared and eaten in several different cuisines.

In Western Chinese cuisine[edit]

Chicken balls (Chinese: 鸡球; pinyin: jī qiú) are a type of modern Chinese food served in Canada,[1][2][3] Ireland, and the United Kingdom[4] as a staple of Chinese take-out. The dish consists of small chunks of fried chicken breast meat covered in a crispy batter coating. They are often served with curry sauce, sweet and sour sauce or plum sauce. These are a large staple of the Chinese diet, depending on the recipe and referred name.[5]

In East and Southeast Asian cuisines[edit]

Another kind of chicken balls, which are similar to southern Chinese fish balls, may be found in countries in East and Southeast Asia, such as the Philippines[6] and Japan (tsukune).[7]

In other cuisines[edit]

Chicken balls are also a part of several other culinary traditions, including Italian Jewish cuisine[8] and Muslim cuisine.[9][10]photo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Sampson (2007-12-12). "Great balls of flavour". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-12-20. She rounded out the theme with recipes for ... pecan-crusted chicken balls... 
  2. ^ Terence Corcoran (2007-11-23). "Toronto street-food project half-baked at best". National Post. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Shanghai palace offers foodie feasts". Calgary Sun. 2005-03-04. ...reminiscent of those deep fried chicken balls I do my best to avoid. 
  4. ^ Menu for Beijing Cuisine restaurant in Blackwater, Surrey, England
  5. ^ Oliver Moore (2007-11-29). "The friendly skies of Moncton" (fee required). The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-12-20. I say, 'It's chicken balls' and they say, 'We've never seen that in China.' (registration required)
  6. ^ Saleema Devi Refran (2002-09-25). "Making 'tusok-tusok' the fishballs". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  7. ^ Patricia Wells (1993-11-15). "Rating the World's Best Restaurants:Tokyo". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  8. ^ Marian Burros (1982-03-31). "Distinctive foods of the Italian Jews". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  9. ^ Yasmine El-Rashidi (2003-10-30). "Pull up a chair". Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  10. ^ Gail Collins (1999-11-23). "Pre-2K Thanksgiving". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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