When going gluten free it’s easy to miss old foods. Make these gluten free chicken balls and garlic broccoli and you won’t be missing a thing!

These chicken balls are INCREDIBLE! I am so not joking. Our family eats them up like crazy – even saying they’re better than take-out! And the broccoli tastes just like the beef & broccoli dish from your favorite {North American} Chinese food restaurant!!! The best part is they’re GLUTEN FREE and CORN FREE!!!

broccoli and chicken balls on a plate with rice

Gluten Free Chicken Balls Garlic Broccoli

Gluten Free Chicken Balls Garlic Broccoli

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

When going gluten free it's easy to miss old foods. Make these gluten free chicken balls and garlic broccoli and you won't be missing a thing!


Gluten Free Chicken Balls

  • 1 cup Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 + 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • oil for frying
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut up in bite-sized pieces

Garlic Broccoli

  • fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp Bragg's, soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger, optional
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove crushed fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


Gluten Free Chicken Balls

  1. Heat cooking oil to 375 degrees in a large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Meanwhile in a large bowl combine flour blend, tapioca starch, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and garlic powder. Add water and sesame oil and mix to make batter.
  3. Add chicken pieces to batter and stir to coat thoroughly.
  4. Carefully place each battered chicken pieces into hot oil - a metal spoon works well for this - in a single layer. Leave a little space between each piece too so they don't stick together.
  5. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for as many batches as necessary. Place in a casserole dish until ready to serve.

Garlic Broccoli

  1. Steam or lightly boil broccoli.
  2. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients together well. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, in a small saucepan.
  3. Drain broccoli if necessary. Then toss gently with sauce.
  4. Serve chicken balls with sweet and sour sauce of your choice, fluffy or sticky rice and broccoli with garlic sauce.

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  1. Yuuummmmmm….looks delish. Happy New Year Shannon! Wishing you a fabulous adventure in 2012! Cheers.

  2. Isn’t funny you post these now ……. we just came back from having some Dim Sum with my family today only to check out your post. I must try this recipe!

  3. Mmmm, I was just talking the other day after trying to make my own chicken balls! These look so good, and anything with garlic and broccoli is okay by me! I’m not gluten free, do you think these would still be just as good with a regular flour? And also where do you find tapioca starch? Thanks so much!