Coconut Chicken Meatballs

2 people
40 min

Sweeting up our weeknight rotation with these Coconut Chicken Meatballs. These meatballs come together in under 30 minutes perfect for a quick meal after a long day. Bursting with fresh flavor, these meatballs will win your family over in no time. If you’re looking for something new to try, make sure to check out the recipe below!

No idea why, but we have been on a meatball kick before we made these Coconut Chicken Meatballs. Have you tried out  French Onion Meatballs yet? Or what about our  Chicken Parmesan Meatballs? Well, those are sure yummy and we couldn’t resist trying another meatball recipe. This time we wanted to change from savory to sweet. Looking around the cabinets I noticed a can of coconut milk and it all clicked. At first I was going to use ground turkey but though ground chicken would hold the flavor better. Little by little, the recipe came together on a random Wednesday evening.

Ground Chicken: Ground chicken is very wet and really absorbs the flavors of this dish perfectly. We only recommend making these meatballs with ground chicken, ground turkey had a very different taste and ground beef is too greasy and alters the flavor.

Coconut Milk: This is key, the coconut milk and cream on top will provide the perfect sweetness to add to the meatballs. The cream helps to keep the meatballs moist as well since we do not add any egg to the mixture.

Grated Ginger: Grated ginger is the preferred ingredient but you can use ground ginger as well. The fresh ginger adds an extra zing.

Pop of Freshness: For this dish we chose to add red bell peppers for an extra pop of freshness but mango would also be delicious as a garnish for these Coconut Chicken Meatballs.

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

Recipe details
  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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Ingredients
Coconut Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream (sits at the top of the coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tsp green onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ½ cup canola oil
Coconut Sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tsp garlic minced
  • 3 tsp shallot sliced and minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp water
Other Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups rice of your choosing
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced thin
Instructions
Coconut Chicken Meatballs
Add all ingredients other than the oils to a bowl and mixed well
Using a cookie scoop or your hands make individual meatballs. This recipe usually makes about 10 meatballs
In a large pan bring to heat, add sesame oil and canola oil and bring to heat. Add the meatballs and begin to cook. Every few minutes rotate the meatballs so they get crispy on all sides. Once meatballs reach 165° internally, remove from heat and place on paper towels or a paper bag to remove excess oil.
Coconut Sauce
In a medium sauce pan bring to heat over medium. Add in 1 tbsp sesame oil and let get warm. Add in the garlic, shallots, and ginger. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
Next add in the salt and soy sauce. Mix well and bring to heat before adding in the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer.
Outside of the sauce pan mix flour and water together and then add to the sauce whisking to make sure it doesn't clump up. Let cook a few more minutes and remove from heat.
Cook rice per package directions and make sure to include the tablespoon of butter when cooking.
Begin to build your bowl. First add the rice, next the meatballs, and last the red pepper slices. Pour the coconut sauce on top and enjoy!
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