Shiso Flavored Cheesy Chicken Tsukune Meatballs

Shiso Flavored Cheesy Chicken Tsukune Meatballs

I used shiso dressing for the sauce. The cheese adds richness, but the shiso adds a refreshing touch.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

○Ground chicken
1.5 tablespoon
○Ginger (grated)
a little
2 pinches
Sliced cheese (processed cheese slice)
3 slices
Oil-free shiso dressing
4 tablespoons
● Water
4 scant tablespoons
Katakuriko slurry
a small amount
Shiso leaves
3 pieces
Roasted sesame seeds
a pinch


1. Mix the ○ ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stack 3 slices of cheese on top of each other and cut into 16 squares.
3. I only had sliced cheese and wanted volume, so I stacked them. You can substitute with cubed cheese.
4. Shape the meat mixture into balls and wrap them around a piece of cheese.
5. Heat oil in a pan and cook the meatballs.
6. The meatballs are soft, so it's better to fry them as you go. If you make them first and then fry them, they'll lose shape.
7. The cheese will ooze out as you fry them. Fried cheese is tasty, too.
8. Reduce the heat to medium as they brown, cover with a lid and cook over low heat until they are cooked through. Remove from heat once they're done.
9. Wipe the excess oil from the pan, boil the ● ingredients, and reduce the heat to low. Gradually add the katakuriko slurry and mix.
10. Return the meatballs to the pan to coat with the sauce. To finish, top with shiso dressing and sesame seeds.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love the combination of chicken, cheese, and shiso. Fried chicken meatballs are tasty, but I was searching for different methods to cook them.
The sauce is made simply with shiso dressing, so it's easy.