5 from 3 votes
Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - These pack loads of spicy, sticky, slightly sweet flavor in one little morsel!
Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs - Sweet, savory, and spicy all in one bite. Perfect for appetizers or main dish!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
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
  1. Preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Brush each meatball with the sauce. Place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  6. Drizzle or brush with remaining sauce, as desired.