Sticky Asian balls with crispy kale

Sticky Asian balls with crispy kale

I’m really enjoying lean cooking and one of my top tips to keep costs down was to use mince as much as possible. Here’s another recipe that transforms your mince from something dull to something you’d like to eat again and again!

Ingredients for 1 serving

176g turkey breast mince
1 inch piece of ginger
46g onions
52g peppers
1 chilli, sliced, seeds or no seeds up to you!
10g fresh coriander
2 inch piece of lemongrass
48ml sweet chilli sauce
6g olive oil
24g sesame seeds
149g kale
salt and pepper

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 190°C fan/400°F and line 2 baking sheets with non stick foil.
  • Using a mini food processor blitz the ginger, onion, peppers, chilli, coriander, lemongrass and half of the sweet chilli sauce together to form a paste.
  • Add half of the mince and give the mixture another good blitz.
  • Combine your spiced mince with the remaining mince with your hands and start to form balls with wet hands.
  • Place them on your lined baking tray ready for baking.
  • These should take around 15-20 minutes to bake, depending on their size but keep an eye on them as the sugar in the sweet chilli sauce will make them caramelise very quickly.
  • Approximately 10 minutes into baking the balls, put the kale or spinach onto the other baking sheet and drizzle with the oil and a little salt.
  • Bake these in the oven until they are crispy but keep an eye on them as they can burn easily.
  • When you feel the balls are ready (they will be firm to the touch) take them out of the oven.
  • Plate up with the kale/spinach and the remainder of the sweet chilli sauce and sprinkle the sesame seeds over the sticky balls and crispy kale/spinach crisps.


  • Make sure your mince is extra lean, less than 5% of fat per 100g.
  • For those on 2018 BC plans, sweet chilli sauce is a swap for other side sauces provided you choose one with equivalent macros.
  • Swap the kale for spinach.
Nella Foulds
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