Chicken Tikka Meatballs with Ginger Rice

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Cook: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 25, 2023
Chicken Tikka Meatballs with Ginger Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 inches fresh gingerroot, peeled
  • 6 garlic cloves, halved
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 green onions, sliced and divided
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash salt


  1. Place ginger in a food processor; process until it forms a paste. Remove and set aside. Repeat with garlic; remove and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add rice and 1 teaspoon ginger paste; cook and stir until rice is lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Stir in water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a Dutch oven, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add half the garlic paste and half the remaining ginger paste. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add half the green onions and 1 tablespoon garam masala; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, cream and 1/2 teaspoon salt; heat through (do not allow to boil).
  4. For meatballs, preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup cilantro, pepper, the remaining onions and ginger and garlic pastes, 1-1/2 teaspoons garam masala, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until browned, 15-20 minutes. Transfer meatballs to sauce; cook until heated through. Stir in remaining cilantro.
  5. For topping, combine sour cream, lime juice, cumin and salt. Fluff rice with a fork; serve with meatballs and sauce. Drizzle with topping; top with additional cilantro and green onions if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 441 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 731mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.