Thai Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 28 meatballs
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking/Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai


Quick and easy homemade baked chicken meatballs simmered in a flavorful inspired peanut sauce. Serve with rice and sauteed veggies for dinner or with toothpicks as a tasty appetizer at your next party!



  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • a couple pinches Kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro + more for garnish
  • a couple pinches Kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees and line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, then place a cooling rack on top of the liner.
  2. In a large bowl use hands to mix all meatball ingredients until well combined.
  3. Use a tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop about 28 meatballs. Coat your hands in a thin layer of olive oil and roll the meatballs between your palms to make them uniformly round. The oil will keep the meatballs from sticking to your hands. Place them on the cooking rack (on the baking sheet) about an inch apart.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. While the meatballs are baking, heat a large pan over medium heat and add all sauce ingredients except lime and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Add baked meatballs to the pan and simmer over medium low heat for about 5 minutes or until everything is heated through.
  7. Just before serving, stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro. Then garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro and enjoy!

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