Family Movie Night Dinner: Minions Rice Balls with Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew

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The boys and I are preparing for a fun family movie night for the release of Minions on December 8, 2015 with this amazing dinner of Minions Rice Balls with Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew. Are you planning to pre-order your movie or purchase Minions on Blu-Ray/DVD tomorrow?

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Family movie night is a big deal in our family. We like to get prepared for all our favorite movies with a fun night of good food, activities, and watching other movies to prepare for the release of the new movies at home. Our latest obsession is with the 12/8/15 Blu-Ray/DVD release of Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Illumination Entertainment has done it again with this movie, featuring the minions from the Despicable Me franchise, and we are totally excited about this movie release!

Minion and Gru at Halloween

We have been so excited about the Minions movie since before it was in the theater. We were there on opening night to get our tickets and laugh our faces off at those cute little yellow guys. The minions didn’t disappoint and we had a blast. Benjamin loves the minions so much that he was one for Halloween and Howard even got into the fun and dressed up as Gru (including the mask) so they could catch the eyes of all the trick-or-treaters on our street. So, of course when we heard that Minions was coming to Blu-Ray/DVD this month, we immediately began preparing for our fun family movie night.

You can pre-order your own copy of Minions at select retailers found on this website. For more Minions fun, join our Minions Viewing Twitter Party on December 11th from 7-9pm EST! RSVP at and follow along with the #MinionsMovieNight on Twitter. Then, find more fun movie night ideas here!

You all know I don’t cook, so Howard volunteered to come up with the perfect dinner for our movie night. He was feeling the movie fever, too, and came up with Minions Rice Balls and Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew. Sounds like perfection, right? Well, he said I could share the recipe with you on the blog so here goes!

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Minions Rice Balls

What you’ll need:

6 threads saffron

2 cups rice

4 cups water

What you’ll do:

Put rice, water, saffron, and salt/pepper to taste into a saucepan or pot and cook for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Form into balls and dress them up with black olives for the goggles and mouth. Serve and enjoy! If you want to cheat a little or you can’t find threads of saffron, you can use yellow rice that is found in packages at your local grocery store.

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Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew

What you’ll need:

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup chopped flat parsley

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp paprika

14 oz can chickpeas

15 oz can diced tomatoes

What you’ll do:

Saute all except chickpeas and tomatoes into 2 tbsp olive oil for 4 minutes. Add chickpeas and tomatoes. Stir, then cook at low for 10-15 minutes. Serve with rice and enjoy!

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Now that you know what we had for dinner for our Minions family movie night, tell me about your plans. Are you going to pre-order the movie so you can get a jump on your own movie night? What will you prepare for the evening dinner?

Tell me about your favorite part of the Minions movie!


  1. This looks yummy and cute! I bet my daughter will lie this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. That just made me laugh! They are too cute. We are planning a family movie night this weekend to watch Minions!

  3. What a fun idea! This is totally something I can see myself doing! Definitely going to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.
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  4. Love it! Can’t wait to try it! My son is a big Minion fan!!!
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  5. Rosey says:

    These are really cute. I like the minions and my kids do too.

  6. My family and I never had rice balls before, but I bet they’re good! Extra bonus points for them being Minions, because my kids are crazy about them.
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  7. That is so so creative! And food just looks amazing and tasty!
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  8. Erin says:

    Ahh!! Look how cute those rice balls are!!! I love them!
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  9. Love this meal/dish. That minion rice balls are too cute to be eaten though. 🙂
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  10. What a cute, creative idea! I definitely have two little Minions fans at home who would love this meal!

  11. What a fun way to include the minions in your dinner and make it a themed night. There was lots of excitement about the movie coming out on DVD!
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  12. Really cute idea. I am sure many kids would enjoy this too.
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  13. So cute. Lol. That stew looks delicious. We love chick peas around here. My daughter wan’t that into the minions until she kept seeing all the previews for that movie so we are going to hopefully rent it for movie night!
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  14. I will share this recipe with my mom, she loves chickpeas, somehow I didn’t develop the same love of them, I always take them out! LOL 🙂
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  15. Not only do the Minion Rice Balls sound like something tasty, but they look so cute. I love the creativity shown here.
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  16. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    This sounds really good. My kiddos love Minions. I bet they would love this.

  17. These look so good and who doesn’t like rice? Such a fun way for kids to eat their food and make it fun!

  18. Maggie Branch says:

    My niece and nephew love all things minion! This would be a great meal for the next time I babysit!

  19. This is a fantastic idea. I will have to make this the next time my friend brings her little ones over.

  20. This sounds and looks so good! And those Minion rice balls are adorable, what a great idea! 🙂

  21. Tara says:

    Very clever! Good way to get kids excited about dinner too 🙂
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  22. Those minions rice balls looks so cute and delicious, I bet my daughter would love them 😀
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  23. The minions brought a smile to my face. We eat rice everyday a my home so this is a great idea!
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  24. Aw, those are cute! This is going to be a hit with my kids.
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  25. Those are the cutest rice balls that I’ve seen. LOL. We love the Minions. They’re just adorable!
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  26. These are super cute. My kids would enjoy a fun twist to their meal.
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  27. What a cute idea. My girls love the minions. I can’t wait to make this for them.
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  28. ricci says:

    I love any kind of rice and these rice ball look yummy!! I haven’t seen the Minions movie but I have a friend who is obsessed with them, LOL!
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  29. That is such a clever idea! You are so creative! I bet your son loved it!
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  30. Rebecca Swenor says:

    Okay I think this is the best recipes ever. I am so in love with all the Minions and these rice balls are amazing. Thanks for sharing both these recipes. Love it!!!

  31. Terri Ramsey says:

    I’d like to have our own movie night with these cute minion rice lol, My grand kids would love this smart idea, I love your creative mind.

  32. Stacey says:

    I love the way you put together a healthy meal and still had fun with the Minions! We are looking forward to our family night watching the Minions as well!
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  33. I’m a big fan of the minions. I think they are so adorable and cute. Kids will love this.

  34. This sounds like a delicious meal. We love the Minions in our house.
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  35. This is really cute and funny. My daughter loves rice and Minions.
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  36. Miles L. says:

    That minion rice ball is totally cute! I don’t know I will eat it or just stare at its cuteness. 🙂

  37. Bri says:

    Okay, these are so creative! I haven’t seen anything like this, great job!
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  38. Debra says:

    This is so stinkin’ clever. Both of my girls absolutely love rice and love Minions so I am going to HAVE to make these!
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  39. This is a really cute idea. What a fun way to get kids to try something new if they haven’t been eating rice like my daughter. I bet she would try this in a second with no hesitation!
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  40. I have got to try these with my 4 year old. He loves everything minions and this would be great to get him to eat more foods.
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  41. Kiwi says:

    Can rice get any cuter! This is one of the most creative Minon foods I have ever seen good job!
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  42. I can’t get over those minions…those are too cute, lol! How could a kid NOT eat those?!
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  43. lisa says:

    These are really cute. Who doesn’t love minions? And the recipes sound so delicious!
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  44. Oh how fun are these? They’d be so much fun to include in a family meal. The stew looks awesome!
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  45. Becca says:

    What a cute idea! and it looks so good too!

  46. This is the cutest idea! I never would have thought to make a minion rice ball! So adorable!
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  47. Oh that stew sounds amazing! I love incorporating chickpeas, and I have a feeling a version of this (mmm with saffron rice!) may be showing up on my table soon. Definitely a great way to have a fun movie night #client
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  48. They look like so much fun! I’m sure they taste great too, but I think we’d be playing with them before eating them, lol!
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  49. They really do look like real Minions too this is awesome. How many tries did it take you to make the minions look so awesome.
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  50. The minion rice balls are so creative. I haven’t seen the movie but I plan on having a family night of my own with my kids. Maybe I’ll give these rice balls a try!
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  51. That sounds delicious. I love those Minions rice balls. Too cute!
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  52. OHHH my son would totally eat this if I put a minion on it. We are a HUGE minion family fan group here. What a fun idea!
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  53. That is just the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. I know my two boys are going to love it.

  54. How creative! I’m not a Minions fan myself but this stew looks to DIE FOR! Yum!

  55. The rice balls are really cute. Haha. My little nephews and nieces would love it! Thanks for the recipe for the Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea stew. Looks delicious and the rice balls would compliment the dish perfectly!
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  56. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Those are almost too cute to eat! OMG my boys would flip their lids if I made these for them.

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