Chicken & Date Meatballs filled with Roquefort

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In January 2018 we traveled to Loket in the Czech Republic. During winter and especially a few days after Three Kings, restaurants and shops in these little towns are mainly closed for business and only open over weekends. The weather was not in our favor that specific day and as we walked around this beautiful castle, we saw a fireplace being lit in a restaurant a few meters away from us. We looked at each other and our feet automatically walked that way… probably knew that we needed coffee. Oh, by the way, we are coffee addicts and snobs. Got there, and the fresh, warm smell of Czech Cuisine started tangling our taste buds. For those of you that know us, will know that our favorite country is the Czech Republic. Not only for the breathtaking nature and scenery but also for their food.

Got hold of a waiter, that obviously could not understand why these two South Africans are strolling around a winter ghost town. She gave us the menu and in broken English said: “chicken balls special today”. We did not think twice. Ordered the Chicken Balls (which was served with Czech bramboraky – potato pancakes) and the rest is history… here is my take on the chicken balls.

Chicken & Date Meatballs filled with Roquefort

Prep Time 25 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 45 mins Servings: 5 Calories: 453.17 kcal


Chicken Mince:



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly oil a baking tray.

  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the chicken mince together in a clean bowl. Divide the mince into 10 x 80g balls.

  3. If the mince mixture is very dry, add the milk.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix the filling ingredients together and use your hands to compact the filling. Divide the cheese filling into 10 x 30g pieces and roll each piece into a ball shape.

  5. Take one of the mince balls, flatten it a bit and wrap the cheese in it. Use your hands to roll a ball and to make sure that it is completely sealed.

  6. Place the chicken balls in the prepared baking tray and use a brush to paint each ball lightly with olive oil.

  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Serve immediately

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 453.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26.77g42%
Saturated Fat 12.73g64%
Trans Fat 0.09g
Sodium 597.03mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 15.94g6%
Dietary Fiber 1.54g7%
Sugars 12.2g
Protein 38.49g77%

Vitamin A 14.27%
Vitamin C 0.87%
Calcium 36.23%
Iron 10.57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


If you can’t find chicken mince for sale, make your own by cutting deboned chicken breasts in small cubes. Place the chicken bits and 30 – 60ml milk in a food processor and pulse until minced. Voila!

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Lukas Coetzee

Lukas graduated from the Francois Ferreira Academy with distinctions in all his subjects and received a special "Top student in 14 years" award. He is currently Chef de Cuisine at Belle Vue Weddings and Functions. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Francois Ferreira Academy and teaches patisserie and cake decorating.