Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!

Firecracker chicken meatballs are the key to your next party, game day or gathering. Perfectly spicy, slightly sweet and tantalizingly sticky.

My husband couldn’t get enough of these spicy chicken meatballs that pack a big punch of flavor.

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Such an easy ground chicken recipe to whip up for a party or meal.

Preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the hot sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken upon cooling.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, panko, cayenne pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Mix until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX, it will result in tough and dry meatballs.

Shape the meat mixture into a ball, about 1 tablespoon of meat per ball. (I used a cookie dough scoop) Place shaped meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!

Remove the baking pan from the oven, brush each meatball with the sauce.

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!

Bake an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush them again with the remaining sauce.

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!

Serve and bask in the praise from your guests!

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!
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Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs – Sweet, savory, and spicy all in one bite. Perfect for appetizers or main dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, firecracker, meatballs, spicy
Servings: 24
Calories: 114
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

CHICKEN MEATBALLS

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

FIRECRACKER SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine the ingredients for the firecracker sauce over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, panko, cayenne pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Mix all the ingredients together. DO NOT OVERMIX, it will result in tough and dry meatballs.
  • Shape the meat mixture into a ball, about 1 tablespoon of meat per ball. (I used a cookie dough scoop) Place shaped meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Brush each meatball with the sauce. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Drizzle or brush with remaining sauce, as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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Comments

  1. Reply

    These look amazing!! I am always looking for finger-food friendly bites that aren’t just a million variations on dip. I bet this sauce would also go great on crispy baked chicken wings – a favorite of some in our house. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Maria! This sauce would be fabulous on wings!

  2. Reply

    These meatballs look so yummy! I’ve actually never made homemade meatballs so I like how this recipe is for the meatballs and the sauce, pinned it! Stopping by from Pink Heels Pink Truck link-up, enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Maggie!

  3. Reply

    These look amazing! Chicken meatballs are my favorite kind.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Jenna!

  4. Reply

    Holy cow! These look amazing

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much, Jane!

  5. Reply

    These look so good right now! And not just because I’m hungry. LOL
    I already printed the recipe. =0)
    Thanks for visiting Wonderful Wednesday. I’m your newest twitter follower!

    1. Reply

      LOL Thanks, Kim!

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    oh yes, I will definitely be making these as we love ground chicken and it’s perfect for the Superbowl. #ThursdayFavoriteThings

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    These meatballs are calling my name! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    That flavourful sauce – oh my it sounds so good! Your Firecracker Chicken Meatballs are a perfect appetizer. Scheduled to Pin later today and sharing on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul. Hope you will visit again this week!

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    We will love your awesome sauce for these delicious Chicken Meatballs. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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    Just wanted you to know I featured this on my round up for the Create Link Inspire party! I’ll be pinning it to the group board today. Thanks so much! https://www.rachelteodoro.com/2017/01/create-link-inspire-party-13-recipes.html

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      Thanks sooo much, Rachel!!

  17. Reply

    Yesss! There will never be enough good meatball recipes in the world. These look absolutely amazing- can’t wait to cover my whole life in this firecracker sauce!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Karly! I agree there can never be enough meatball recipes. So easy, right?

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