Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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Yvonne Modified: May 11, 2022
Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Recipe

How To Make Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Spice up family dinner with these firecracker chicken meatballs! Juicy ground chicken meatballs are seared in a spicy and tangy sauce for a 35-minute dish.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Meatballs:

  • 1lbground chicken
  • ½cuppanko bread crumbs
  • ¼cupchopped chives,divided
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1egg
  • kosher salt,to taste
  • 1pinchcayenne pepper
  • 1tbspvegetable oil,for frying

For Sauce:

  • ½cuphot sauce,such as Frank’s
  • ¼cupbrown sugar,lightly packed
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • kosher salt,to taste
  • red pepper flakes,to tatse



  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground chicken, panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of chives, garlic, and egg. Season mixture with salt and pepper, then form into small balls about the size of golf balls.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Add meatballs in a single layer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until seared all over.

  3. Add sauce and bring to simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and meatballs are cooked through.

  4. Garnish with the remaining chives and serve warm. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 184.70kcal
  • Fat: 9.39g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.07g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.68g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.72g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.31g
  • Fiber: 0.29g
  • Sugar: 6.35g
  • Protein: 14.79g
  • Cholesterol: 91.67mg
  • Sodium: 561.75mg
  • Calcium: 28.65mg
  • Potassium: 453.55mg
  • Iron: 0.99mg
  • Vitamin A: 17.71µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.55mg
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