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This is my new favorite way to eat chicken meatballs. They’re glazed with a deliciously unique Cherry BBQ sauce that makes them tender and flavorful! If you’re craving something sweet and savory, these will be right up your alley. This recipe is low maintenance and if you’re not a fan of chicken meatballs, you can swap your protein for turkey or any other kind of ground meat.
Cherry Bomb Chicken Meatballs are perfect for when you’re hosting a game day party and need something super flavorful on the table. I like to make a big batch for my fiancé and I, and this allows us to munch on them all week long. Meatball Subs made with Cherry BBQ chicken and melty cheese would be perfect for weekend lunches, and a few meatballs paired with a side salad would be ideal for weekday lunches. If you’re like me and have a fetish for food straight from the refrigerator, then they’d make for a good snack too. Yup, cold. I like them like that sometimes!
We’re keeping what goes into the meatballs simple because it’s the Cherry BBQ Sauce that we want to stand out when we take that first bite. For the chicken meatballs, I used simple ground chicken breasts. Again, ground chicken thighs or a combination of ground chicken and ground turkey would be good too.
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You want to *just* combine the ingredients, don’t over mix because then the meatballs can become dry. When making meatballs, the less you work the meat, the better it is. I shaped mine into 3 tablespoon-sized balls. It’s totally up to you how big/small you want them. The size I indicated will take about 11-13 minutes in the oven. Combine all the dry ingredients first, then the wet and then mix both the wet and dry ingredients together. After they are well mixed, add the ground chicken and mix well.
The sauce is really unique and bursting with flavor. Since the meatballs are flavored with just enough to keep them moist, the real flavors come from the sauce! Brownwood Farms offers a lot of unique flavors, but the Cherry BBQ really stands out for me. I used enough sauce to coat all the meatballs with a little leftover for a drizzle before serving. If you’re like me and you love to dip and dunk, double the sauce recipe. I speak from experience, can you tell? And the best part is, you can mix up the meat mixture from the night before and just bake and drizzle them with the sauce the day of. Get ready to be host of the year! These tasty chicken meatballs are going to be the highlight of table.
Cherry Bomb Chicken Meatballs
- 2 lbs Ground Chicken
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 Eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup grated Onion
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
- 1/3 cup chopped Parsley
- 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Table Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Sage
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
- Brownwood Farms Cherry BBQ Sauce
- Position 2 racks near the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt, pepper, sage, garlic powder, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, parsley and Parmesan cheese.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, tomato paste and Worcestershire. Combine wet ingredients with the chicken mixture. It’s easier to tell when the ingredients are combined when using hands. DO NOT OVER MIX, as it will result in drier meatballs.
- Shape the meat mixture into ball, about 3 tablespoons of meat per ball. You can also do this with an ice cream scoop. Place shaped meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked.
- Using 2 tablespoon, dip each individual meatball into the sauce. Alternately, you can brush each meatball with the sauce. Place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes. Drizzle or brush with additional sauce as desired.
- Panko is a Japanese style of breadcrumbs.
- A combination of ground chicken and turkey can be used to make these meatballs.
- The meatball mixture can be prepared the night before and baked the day of, if desired.