I have a love-hate relationship with my food processor. I love what it can do, but for some reason I just hate it. Mark Bittman in the NY Times did a big piece singing the glories of the food processor and how it could change the way you cook, but I couldn't get behind the sentiment. I think the act of putting it together is just the first of its many faults for me. The entire time it's in-use and drying on the counter after-use, I leave the big box on the counter and it taunts me. It sings, You should just put me away, already. I respond, But then I'd have to take you back out to put the food processor in again, anyway. I can see that I'm not getting my point across well, but safe to say, I hate it.
the easy kind you have in your freezer.
Adapted from Mark Bittman
Makes 2 very large servings
2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (or 1 pound chicken thigh meat)
1 oz. Parmesan cheese (about the size of your pinky finger)
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 medium onion, cut into chunks
Freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
All purpose flour
Tomato sauce for serving
Cut chicken into 1 to 2 inch chunks and place in your freezer for 30 minutes while doing the rest of the prep. Put parsley and onion into the food processor with either grated Parmesan or a soft chunk (mine was too hard - if you use a microplane to grate yours, it will be too hard for the food processor, so grate it yourself). Process until everything is finely chopped. Add kosher salt, ground pepper, one egg, and the chicken to the food processor and pulse until the chicken is coarsely ground (a little bit finer than chopped). Shape into 1-inch meatballs and lay on a large plate. They will be fairly loose.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. One at a time, dredge the meatballs in flour and then place in the hot pan. You should work in two batches. Cook the chicken until browned on all sides, rotating once browned. This will take 8-10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges to brighten up the flavor and with a side of tomato sauce.