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Sticky Rice and Chicken Sesame Balls

Sticky Rice and Chicken Sesame Balls

These little sticky rice balls make for the perfect party app. Serve with your favourite Asian dipping sauce. 


  • Serves: 16
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) kosher salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1 lb/500 g)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) prepared teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted black and white sesame seeds


  1. Place rice in fine-mesh sieve; rinse under cold running water until water runs clear. In saucepan set over high heat, combine rice and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. 

  2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine vinegar, sugar and salt. Microwave on High for about 30 seconds or until dissolved. Transfer rice to large, nonreactive bowl; pour vinegar mixture over top, stirring until rice is completely coated. Let cool completely. 

  3. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces. Heat oil in large, nonstick skillet set over medium heat; cook chicken, salt and pepper until chicken is golden brown around edges. Add teriyaki sauce; simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened and chicken is caramelized and cooked through. Let cool completely. Stir in green onion.

  4. Measure out 1/4 cup (60 mL) cooked rice and flatten in palm of hand. Spoon some of the chicken mixture onto centre of rice; form into ball to enclose filling. Roll in sesame seeds. Balls can be covered tightly and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Makes 16 balls. 

Tip: Drizzle with hot sauce or serve with additional teriyaki sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 65g serving Amount
  • Calories 170
  • Protein 8 g
  • Fat 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Carbohydrate 24 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Sodium 470 mg
  • Per 65g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 4
  • Calcium 4
  • Iron 8
  • Vitamin A 0
  • Vitamin C 0
  • Vitamin B6 8
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate 4
  • Magnesium 10
  • Zinc 15

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