MANCHEGO CHICKEN MEATBALLS

Meatball Ingredients 

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, minced

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced

  • 3/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 slices of white bread, torn into small pieces

  • 1/3 cup whole milk

  • 1 lb. chicken

  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) Manchego cheese, grated 

Sauce Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. almonds, finely chopped

  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 tsp. saffron threads, crumbled

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • 1 small tomato, chopped

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, minced 

Directions

Meatballs: In a large bowl, mash the bread and milk together to form a smooth paste. Add the chicken, Manchego, parsley, egg yolk, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well. Shape the mixture into 1/2” round meatballs.
Heat the olive oil into a 12” non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of the meatballs and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs.
Sauce: Add the onion to left over oil in the skillet and cook over medium, until very soft and lightly browned. Stir in tomato and cook for another minute. Stir in the broth, wine, bay leaves. Carefully return the meatballs to the skillet. Cover and simmer until meatballs are just cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.