Kick up your weekly meal prep a notch with this Thai chili chicken meatball recipe. Rich in flavor and spice, this recipe is likely to be a go-to staple in your cooking routine. As a nice combo between Asian and Western favorites, we combine meatballs in an effortless way with the zest and bright taste of sweet Thai chili sauce.
Our favorite way to use this recipe is to make a couple batches on a Sunday and prepare containers for your weekly meal prep. When food is readily available to be eaten, chances are you’re going to make better decisions and not go long periods without food, ending up in a hangry, ravenous rage through the entire kitchen after a tough workout or long day at work. You can also opt out of making the sides and use this Thai chili chicken meatball recipe as an appetizer recipe, using little toothpicks for the individual meatballs and making them a little smaller so they’re more finger friendly.
This question has come up a few times when recommending to clients or friends this recipe. We definitely recommend sticking to sweet chili sauce because it is quite different from sriracha and using sriracha in place if Thai chili sauce can really change the entire profile of these meatballs. Chili sauce, whether you get it with garlic or use as directed in the recipe with sweet chili sauce and minced garlic, will still deliver the spicy heat that sriracha will, but in a different flavor profile.
We recommend pairing this meatball recipe with a complex carbohydrate, like vegetables, and a starchy vegetable, like rice, to make it a complete meal. While yes, you can just have the meatballs on their own, by adding in some variety with vegetables and grains you can really boost the nutrient content of the meal while staying fuller for longer, thanks to the high protein content.
Chili sauces are great for adding flavor and life to things like meat and vegetables. One of the questions that came up for me though, when shopping for chili sauce, is what’s the difference between chili sauce and sweet chili sauce, if there is one at all? Well, what I found out what that chili sauce is typically a little on the spicier side as far as chili sauces go, and unlike their sweeter chili sauce counterpart, chili sauce is often mixed with garlic. So while both are made with chili peppers, it really comes down to the flavor and spiciness that you’re going for in the recipe.
This recipe is ideal for your weekly meal prep or to just mix up a regular dinner. Service with rice or sweet potato and don’t forget the veggies. From our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy!
- 2 lb ground chicken
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 2 egg
- 1/2 cup peach jam
- 1/2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup liquid ACV
- 2 tbsp cold water
Thai Chicken Chili Meatball Recipe Directions:
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken, flour, cilantro, and egg (use your hands, this is easiest)
- Spoon out a little meat into your hand and roll into a ball. The ball should be about 1-2 inches in diameter, based on your preference. Place them in rows on the baking sheet lined with foil.
- Bake the meatballs in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown
- While the meatballs are baking, mix together the glaze ingredients in pan over medium heat. Cook until the sauce begins to boil, then pull off the heat.
- Add sauce to a small bowl. Once you remove the meatballs from the oven when they’re cooked, add them to the bowl of sauce and coat the meatballs.
- Serve or meal prep with a vegetable and starch of choice (we like brown rice and broccoli).
With a little chicken meat, thai chili spice, and an oven, this thai chili chicken meatball recipe can go a long way. Whether its for your weekly meal prep or a quick dinner, this recipe is sure to be enjoyed by all. Serve with vegetables and a starchy side or even dish them up on their own and take them to a party with toothpicks.
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