Garlic-chicken balls
Garlic-chicken balls

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

Chicken balls from a Chinese restaurant in Pakistan
Chicken balls from a Chinese restaurant in Pakistan

Chicken balls (Chinese: 鸡球; pinyin: jī qiú) are a type of modern Chinese food served in Canada,[1][2][3] Ireland, United States, 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 largely unheard of in China, depending on the recipe and referred name.[5][failed verification]

In East and Southeast Asian cuisines

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

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

See also


  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. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. 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". Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  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. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
  10. ^ Gail Collins (1999-11-23). "Pre-2K Thanksgiving". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-20.