I woke up the morning after Thanksgiving, and turned on Pioneer Woman (because I apparently never get tired of food). She was making some sort of meatball, and my mind started wandering to green chile (which happens more than it probably should).
A few years ago when I was visiting Ruidoso for Christmas, I had dinner at Farley’s. On their menu, they have an appetizer called Jack Rabbit Droppings. It’s not hard to imagine where they got the inspiration for the name, but man, they were delicious. They combined chicken, jalapenos and cheese into balls, breaded them, and deep fried them. They were magical.
They haven’t expanded Farley’s into the 505 yet, so I decided to create my own Jack Rabbit Droppings. And as much as I love jalapenos, I tend to love green chile a bit more, so I used them instead.
I took some chicken breasts, pulsed it in the food processor with some panko breadcrumbs, eggs and seasoning, until it was a a perfect consistency to form into a ball. I then added a generous portion of Hatch green chile, and formed it into a ball.
And you may be thinking, OMG that sounds amazing. And yeah, these would have been great just as is, but I wanted to do a little more. I decided to stuff it with an ample amount of cheddar cheese, so there is an ooey gooey melty surprise in the middle!
I coated the finished green chile balls in panko breadcrumbs, then deep fried them until golden brown, crispy, and absolutely delicious.
I served these with an easy dipping sauce, made simply with sour cream, a bit of red chile powder, cumin powder, salt and pepper. They were a heavenly combination! I suspect these would also be amazing with ranch dressing, as well.
And here’s the recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 24 servings
Serving Size: 1 ball
So, my family LOVED these. I think I heard the word “amazing” a few times 🙂 They were definitely a hit, and will have a permanent home on my list of appetizers to make when family and friends comes over.
Do you love ALL things green chile? Check out these other tasty treats!