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Chickenless Milanese Balls with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

Chickenless Milanese Balls

Inspired by Italian street food, this recipe for Unconventional Chickenless Milanese Balls, with roasted red pepper tapenade is perfect for a starter, as part of a sharing platter or as a canape! The fresh flavours of the red pepper salsa deliver a tasty sauce to accompany the delicious Chickenless Milanese Balls.

Serves 3 portions


For the Unconventional Chickenless Milanese Balls with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

Chicken Milanese Balls

  1. In a bowl, mix the chickenless fillets with the lemon zest and mould into 20g balls
  2. Combine the flour and water together to form a batter then dip the balls in the batter and drain
  3. Now combine the crumb and parsley then dip the balls into the crumb and coat. Leave to absorb then chill

Red Pepper Tapenade

  1. In pan heat the vinegar and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Add the smoked paprika and simmer for 1 minute
  2. Add the passata and simmer for 4-5 mins
  3. Cut the pepper into small dice and then add the sauce. Cook for 1 minute then dilute the cornflour and thicken slightly

To serve

  1. To serve, deep fry or bake the balls at 160c until golden brown, remove and drain or leave to one side
  2. Place some of the dip in the centre of a plate the place the ball on top
  3. Grate Italian style vegan parmesan cheese over the top


Recipe by Chef Steve Walpole for Unconventional


Chicken Milanese Balls

Unconventional Chickenless Fillets300g
Lemon zest – fine10g
Panko Crumb100g
Fine chopped parsley8g

Red Pepper Tapenade

Tinned roasted red peppers skinned150g
Chopped tomato passata75g
Red wine vinegar10ml
Garlic puree5g
Smoked paprika2g

To serve

Grated vegan parmesan