Chicken Cheese Balls

Chicken Cheese Balls are a delicious and popular appetizer or snack that combines the flavors of chicken, cheese, and a variety of seasonings into bite-sized balls that are crispy on the outside and succulent and cheesy on the inside. They鈥檙e perfect for parties, gatherings, or as a tasty snack for any time of day. Here鈥檚 a straightforward recipe to make Chicken Cheese Balls at home:

2 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped or shredded: You can use leftover chicken or cook some specifically for this recipe.
1 cup grated cheese: Mozzarella or cheddar works well for a nice melt.
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, plus extra for coating: Helps bind the mixture and adds a crispy exterior.
1/4 cup all-purpose flour: For binding and coating.
2 eggs: Beaten, for binding and creating an egg wash.
1 teaspoon garlic powder: Adds flavor.
1 teaspoon onion powder: Enhances the taste.
Salt and pepper to taste: For seasoning.
Oil for frying: Vegetable or canola oil works best.
Prepare the Chicken Mixture:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped or shredded chicken, grated cheese, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Form the Balls:

Take small portions of the chicken mixture and roll them into balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Place them on a clean plate or tray. This recipe should make around 20-25 balls, depending on the size.
Coat the Balls:

Prepare three separate bowls for the coating process: one with flour, one with the beaten eggs, and one with extra breadcrumbs.
Roll each ball first in the flour, then dip it in the beaten egg, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs. Ensure each ball is evenly coated at each stage for the best texture.
Fry the Chicken Cheese Balls:

Heat oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of breadcrumb into it; if it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready.
Carefully place the chicken cheese balls into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry them until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes.

Once fried, use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken cheese balls from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, or a spicy mayo.
These Chicken Cheese Balls are sure to be a hit with their gooey cheese center and flavorful chicken coating. Enjoy preparing this delightful snack!

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