Turkey Cilantro Bites

From Our Community to Your Table

Who: Carl Sandburg College Community Garden
Cost: $15
Details: hard-backed, ring bound
Pages of recipes: 205
To purchase: Call 309-341-5328 or email marketing@sandburg.edu, for more info contact Mary Robson at mrobson@sandburg.edu.

Chicken or Turkey Cilantro Bites


  • 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce


  • Stir together ground meat, egg, cilantro, scallions, sesame oil and salt with a fork until just blended.
  • Spread cornstarch in a shallow baking pan. With wet hands, form meat mixture into balls.
  • Put meatballs into baking pan as they are formed. Roll in cornstarch (balls will be soft).
  • Heat vegetable oil in a 12’ heavy skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Cook half of each meatball, then roll over and cook other side until done. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Blend rice vinegar and soy sauce and serve as a dipping sauce. Makes 30 balls.