FIRECRACKER CHICKEN MEATBALLS
Looking for the perfect appetizer to serve at your functions? I absolutely love this recipe from www.littlespicejar.com Heres a great way to eat chicken meatballs! They’re spiced up with a sweet, savory, and spicy firecracker sauce. They’re tender, filled with flavor, and require minimum work!
prep time: 5 MINS
cook time: 25 MINS
total time: 30 MINS
- 1 ¾ – 2 pounds ground chicken (or turkey)
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs*
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ cup hot sauce (I recommend Franks)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on spice preference)
IT’S NOTHING TO IT BUT TO DO IT!!
- First lets position 2 racks near the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the ingredients of this bomb firecracker sauce over medium high heat, allow to come to a boil, reduce the heat so it simmers like a egg on the sidewalk on a hot summer day lol! Let simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools so don’t you worry if it looks thin.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, panko, paprika, and onion powder. Get down and dirty and use your hands to mix all the ingredients together! It’s easier to tell when the ingredients are combined when using hands. WAIT !!! PAUSE!!! STOP!!! DO NOT OVER MIX, it will result in drier meatballs! Yuck!
- Shape the meat mixture into ball, about 3 tablespoons of meat per ball. You can also do this with an ice cream scoop. Now lets place our shaped meatballs on prepared baking sheet, and bake those bad boys for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked!
- Now ya’ll know its alllllll about the sauce! Using 2 tablespoon, dip each individual meatball into the sauce. Alternately, you can brush each meatball with the sauce. Place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes. If your anything like me you and love you some sauce, drizzle or brush with additional sauce as desired! Enjoy!!
- Panko is a Japanese style of breadcrumbs.
- A combination of ground chicken and turkey can also be used to make these meatballs.
- If you would like to serve your meatballs with sauce, I would double the ingredients for the sauce portion as this recipe makes just enough for basting.
The meatball mixture can be prepared the night before and baked the day of, if desired