I am a big fan of meatballs. They’re so versatile and you can expand the flavour profile far beyond classic italian. I found this recipe for asian style chicken meatballs (link here) and loved the idea. The recipe does have a variety of seasonings/ingredients but they all come together to make such a delicious meatball with a yummy sauce.
First of all, I like that these are made with ground chicken (as opposed to classic ground beef). It’s just a leaner protein and you get a lighter meatball. They have nice flavour from onion, garlic and some chili flakes, so you could eat these without the sauce and be happy. However, the meatball with the sauce is another level of yum. The sauce has garlic, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sriracha and a couple other things, which results in a sweet, sour and spicy sauce. It has all the flavour profiles you want.
The issue that some people have with chicken is that it can be overcooked and dry. These meatballs were perfectly cooked and moist. Next time I make them, I might make like 20 smaller meatballs, instead of 14 larger ones, so I will scale back the cooking time by a couple minutes to make sure they do not overcook.
I served these meatballs with rice and a little vegetable stirfry. It was a delicious meal and my family loved them. If you make them smaller, these would be great as an appetizer or snack if you didn’t want to make a whole meal.