Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

We love chicken and curry in this house a whole lot. Since chicken can be bland, I think curry is such a fantastic way to spice it up. Meatballs are also one of my favorite foods in the world. Marc and I are still going without pork or beef though, so we are sticking with poultry based meatballs. So this week, I combined our love of chicken curry and meatballs with these incredible coconut curry chicken meatballs. They were simple, crazy flavorful and really easy on the waistline.

I made the prep for the coconut curry chicken meatballs really easy on myself by using my food processor. It pureed all of the aromatics together for me before I added the ground chicken. Then I rolled the mixture into perfect little meatballs the size of my palm. To really keep them lean, I baked them.
While the meatballs baked, I made the gorgeous coconut curry sauce. It was a really simple mixture of coconut milk, red curry paste, almond butter, and seasoning. I simmered the sauce for 15 minutes to really bring out all of that wonderful flavor.
When the meatballs finished baking, I simmered them in the coconut curry sauce. That way, the meatballs flavored the sauce and the sauce flavored the meatballs. It was a glorious relationship going on in that pan!

That was all there was to making these coconut curry chicken meatballs! I served them over a big bed of quinoa for a complete, healthy meal. I loved how comforting it was without being heavy at all. It kept Marc and I on track for our health goals. Hope you all love them too! xoxo

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

 

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5 from 2 votes
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

These coconut curry chicken meatballs are huge on flavor without being heavy! They're easy to make and perfect for serving over quinoa or cauliflower rice for a healthy, complete dinner.  

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Coconut Curry, Meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1/3 cup baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole shallot peeled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro plus additional for garnish
  • 1 whole lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch curry powder
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
Instructions
  1. First, make the meatballs. Pre-heat the oven to 400 and line a sheet tray with foil. Set up a food processor and combine all of the meatball ingredients except the chicken in its bowl. Puree it all together into a fine mixture. Then remove the blade and add the ground chicken into the bowl. Mix it all together well with clean hands. Then roll the mixture into roughly 1 1/2 inch balls and lay them out on the lined tray. The mixture should be enough to make 18. Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes.
  2. While the meatballs bake, make the sauce. Get out a large skillet with deep sides and pour the coconut milk in it. Heat it up over medium high heat just until it starts to bubble. Add the curry paste, almond butter, salt and garlic powder. Let it gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often. When the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce. Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for another 10 minutes. Serve the meatballs and sauce immediately over quinoa or rice! Enjoy!!
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (3 meatballs)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16.9g106%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 470mg20%
Potassium 425mg12%
Carbohydrates 6.5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 24.6g49%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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