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These Asian-inspired Spicy Chicken Meatballs are loaded with flavor! And, when the creamy sriracha sauce with honey is drizzled over the top, they become a tasty entree or the perfect appetizer recipe for your party!

a white platter with spicy meatballs covered with creamy sriracha sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds

These toasted chicken meatballs are a spicy appetizer that will get your guests’ taste buds tingling! The combination of garlic, honey, and sriracha sauce gives them a flavorful punch, while the sweet chili sauce adds a touch of sweetness. They’re sure to be a hit at your next party!

Asian-Inspired Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs are a classic dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways. They are loved by kids and adults alike!

And these Asian chicken meatballs are no exception! These Asian-inspired meatballs are made with toasted spicy ground chicken, they’re crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Anyone who love sriracha sauce will find them irresistible!

Although we call these spicy meatballs, they are very mild in heat. If you are sensitive to spicy heat, skip the sriracha.

The sriracha sauce (a chili sauce from Thailand) is perfect for these meatballs because it’s full of complex flavors. It has a spicy kick but is the ideal base for this creamy sauce. The green onions add a colorful and flavorful contrast in flavor and texture to the dish.

For an entree: pair it up with some fried rice or noodles and vegetables for a complete meal, and you’re good to go!

a white platter with ground chicken meatballs covered with creamy sriracha sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds

(You may also want to try our sweet chili meatballs, turkey sausage balls, pimiento cheese sausage balls, and marinara meatballs.)

What you’ll need for the Spicy Meatballs Recipe

For the Meatballs

  • Ground chickenuse ground chicken, not ground chicken breast, because it has a bit more structure and less moisture.
  • Large egg – to bind the meatballs.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – help add moisture to the meatballs and will help them stay juicy without being too soggy.
  • Scallions – sliced, white part only, reserve greens for topping
  • Garlic – adds a deep rich flavor
  • Gingeradds a zing of flavor
  • Sesame oiladds a nutty flavor and helps crisp the meatballs while they bake.
clear glass bowls of ground chicken, green onions, panko, egg, ginger, garlic, a bottle of sesame oil, and a wooden container of salt and pepper

For the Spicy Sauce

  • Sour creamprovides a creaminess and a tanginess
  • Mayonnaiseprovides the creamy base
  • Honey adds sweetness to the meatballs.
  • Ponzu sauce adds acidity and umami to the spicy sauce.
  • Sriracha sauceadds a bit of spice to the meatballs.
  • Lime juice adds a bit of acidity and freshness to the spicy sauce.
clear glass bowls of mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, lime, sriracha sauce, green onions, ponzu sauce

Garnish

  • Green onions – sliced, green tops only.

Ingredient Notes

  • Garlic and ginger are two flavors that go well together. I like to use them in meatballs because they mix well together. You can find tubes of minced garlic and ginger In the produce section of most grocery stores.

Equipment Used for Spicy Chicken Meatballs

How to Make the Spicy Meatballs

Making the Meatballs

Prepare the mix. Preheat the oven to 400°F. While the oven is heating, add the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, and ginger into a large bowl.

a clear bowl of ground chicken, egg, panko, garlic, ginger, and green onion

Then gently mix until well combined.

a clear bowl of mixed chicken meatball mixture

Prepare the pan. Drizzle the sesame oil over a large sheet pan and spread it all over the sheet to coat it.

Make the Meatballs. To keep the ground chicken from sticking to your hands, rub a little sesame oil on then. Then, shape the ground chicken into golf ball-sized portions (I use a medium-sized scoop) and roll them into smooth balls.

a baking sheet with parchment paper, a clear bowl of ground chicken meatballs, two rolled meatballs and a scoop.

Place the meatballs at least 1” apart on the prepared baking sheet.

a baking sheet of 28 chicken balls ready to bake

Bake the Meatballs. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the ground chicken meatball reaches 165°F.

a baking sheet of 28 chicken balls

Making the Sauce for Chicken Meatballs

Mix the Sauce. Combine and whisk the sour cream, mayonnaise, honey, ponzu sauce, sriracha sauce, and lime juice into a medium bowl.

Assemble. Add the meatballs to the spicy sauce, then toss to combine. Or drizzle the sauce over the chicken meatballs.

Garnish. Enjoy garnished with green onion and sesame seeds (optional). Drizzle with extra creamy sriracha sauce.

a white platter with spicy meatballs covered with creamy sriracha sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds

How to Serve

To make this a meal, serve it over rice and your favorite vegetables on the side.

If you’re looking for a fun appetizer, serve the honey sriracha meatballs on toothpicks with the dipping sauce on the side.

What can I serve with spicy meatballs?

How to Store

Before storing the creamy honey sriracha meatballs, separate the sauce to prevent the meatballs from getting soggy.

To store, place the meatballs in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to four days. The spicy sauce can also be stored in a separate airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

When ready to enjoy, simply reheat the meatballs and sauce in the oven or microwave.

How to Freeze

To freeze, place the meatballs in an airtight, freezer-safe container and store them in the freezer for up to three months. The spicy sauce can also be stored in a separate airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

To reheat, simply thaw the honey sriracha meatballs and sauce in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the oven or microwave.

a white platter with spicy meatballs covered with creamy sriracha sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds

Spicy Meatballs Recipe Variations

  • Add hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the mix for a spicy meatball recipe with a kick of spice.
  • For a milder version, simply omit the sriracha sauce from the spicy sauce.
  • Adding black pepper to the meatballs will give them a spicy and peppery taste.
  • Swap the honey for brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • You can also try using different types of ground meat, such as ground beef, pork, turkey, or lamb.

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a white platter with chicken meatballs covered with creamy sriracha sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds
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Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Toasted spicy chicken meatballs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Thanks to garlic, honey, and sriracha sauce, they pack a flavorful punch Tossed in a sweet chili sauce and garnished with green onions and extra creamy sauce over them.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Appetizers, chicken recipes, dipping sauce, meatballs, spicy sauce, easy chicken, spicy meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 558kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • large bowl
  • scoop optional
  • whisk

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 scallions sliced, separate white and green parts
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger (or use ginger paste)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

For the Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce to taste
  • ½ lime juiced

Instructions

For the Meatballs

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Add the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, and ginger to a large bowl. Gently mix until well combined.
  • Drizzle the sesame oil over a large sheet pan and rub it over the pan with your hands (coating your hands with oil will prevent the chicken from sticking).
  • Portion the chicken into golf ball-sized portions (I use a medium-sized scoop) and roll them into smooth balls. Place the meatballs at least 1” apart on the oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs for 15-18 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 165°F.

For the Sauce

  • Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, honey, ponzu sauce, sriracha sauce, and lime juice to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the hot chicken meatballs to the spicy sauce and toss to combine. Or drizzle the sauce over the chicken meatballs.
  • Garnish with sliced green onion and sesame seeds (optional) and drizzle with extra creamy sriracha sauce.
  • To make this an entree, serve it over rice with your favorite vegetables on the side.

Notes

  • Ground chicken is a great base for this flavor! I’m using “ground chicken” not “ground chicken breast” because it has a bit more structure and less moisture.
  • Egg helps bind the meatballs together.
  • Panko helps absorb extra moisture in the meatballs to keep them juicy without being soggy.
  • Siracha sauce and honey provide a bit of spice and sweetness to the meatballs.
  • Garlic and ginger are classic additions to flavor the meatballs. I like using grated aromatics in these meatballs, so they incorporate smoothly without big chunks. You can find tubes of prepared minced ginger in most grocery produce sections.
  • Sesame oil adds a nutty flavor and helps crisp the meatballs while they bake.
  • Lime adds a bit of acidity and freshness to the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to fry or bake meatballs?

It all depends on what you want. If you want a crispy exterior on your meatball, then frying would be the best option. If you’re looking for a juicier honey sriracha meatball, then baking would be better.

Can you overcook meatballs in sauce?

It is possible to overcook meatballs, but it is not as easy as you might think. You have to be careful not to overcook them, or they will become dry and tough. The best way to avoid overcooking them is to use a meat thermometer. inserted into the center of the meatball should read 165°F.

Another way to tell if meatballs are overcooked is to cut one in half. If it’s dry and crumbly, it’s overcooked. If it’s moist and juicy, it’s perfect.

What can I use instead of breadcrumbs in meatballs?

There are many different types of binding agents that you can use for meatloaf. Some people like to use oatmeal, while others prefer to use crushed-up crackers. You could also try using rice, couscous, or quinoa. If you’re looking for a low-carb option, you could try using ground flaxseed or chia seeds. Whatever you use, just make sure to add enough so that the mixture holds together well.


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