Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs are the powerhouse appetizer made with ground chicken and based in a delectable honey garlic sauce.  Perfect for all kinds of parties, tailgating, and just good fun eating.

Do you love making appetizer to please a crowd?  If so you need to try out this parmesan chicken meatball skillet and these Philly Cheese Steak Meatballs they have the makings of cheesy meatball heaven, or these crockpot honey garlic little smokies for another delicious honey garlic option.

Honey garlic meatballs in a cast iron skillet served with cocktail toothpicks-perfect party appetizer

Honey Garlic Meatballs

I think I could eat meatballs of some type everyday.  Ok, well maybe not every day, but close to it.  These honey garlic meatballs may be one of my favorites and they are made with ground chicken.  The true secret to making these meatballs pop with flavor is using ground stuffing mix as opposed to traditional bread crumbs.  Then comes the most amazing honey garlic meatball sauce that just melts in your mouth. 

For this honey garlic meatball recipe I made homemade meatballs, but you can use store bought meatballs too.  I like making my own so I can add in my own flavor, plus they only take a few minutes to mix together and cook.  I also cooked these honey garlic chicken meatballs in a skillet and they turned out sensational.

How do you make meatballs?

  1. In a large bowl combine, ground beef, pork or chicken, ground stuffing mix, diced onion, an egg, whole milk, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  2. Form into 1-1-1/2 inch sized balls and cook right away in a skillet, oven, or slow cooker or place in an airtight container and put in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to cook.

uncooked honey garlic meatballs in a cast iron skillet prepared to cook.

How to make chicken meatballs?

  1. In a large bowl combine ground chicken, ground stuffing mix, whole milk, diced onions, an egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, garlic powder, and pepper.  Mix with spoon, I like to use my hands, until everything is combined.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon for chicken mixture into 1-1-1/2 inch sized balls and set aside on a rimmed baking sheet.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add canola oil.  Working in batches cook meatballs, turning often for 7 minutes or until cooked through.  Set aside on baking sheet until all meatballs have been cooked.
  3. Place the meatballs back in the skillet and pour over the honey garlic meatball sauce and toss to coat.  Garnish with chopped chives and sesame seeds.

honey garlic meatballs in a cast iron skillet glazed with honey garlic sauce, diced chives, and sesame seeds.

How to make meatball sauce?

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together soy sauce, water, minced garlic, honey, and apple cider vinegar.  Bring to a light boil.
  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup whisk together corn starch and water.  Pour into garlic-honey mixture and stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat and stir occasionally until thickened.  Pour sauce over meatballs and stir to coat.

What to make with meatballs?

two honey garlic meatballs on a cocktail toothpick in a cast iron skillet with meatball sauce.

How to freeze meatballs?

  • Essentially you can freeze meatballs either cooked or raw.  If you have extra honey garlic meatballs and have cooked them and want to freeze for later, place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of an airtight container and place as many meatballs that will fit.  Line with another piece of parchment paper and layer any additional meatballs you may have.  Keep in the freezer until ready to use.
  • If you are freezing raw meatballs freeze for 3 hours on a rimmed baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and keep in the freezer until ready to use.

How do you cook meatballs in the oven?

If you would rather make honey garlic meatballs in the oven you certainly can.  Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes or until no longer pink on the inside.

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Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs are the powerhouse appetizer made with ground chicken and based in a delectable honey garlic sauce. Perfect for all kinds of parties, tailgating, and just good fun eating.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword honey garlic meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 25 meatballs
Calories 74 kcal
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 cup original stuffing mix ground into crumbs
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

For Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water-mix to combine

Instructions

In a large bowl combine ground chicken, ground stuffing mix, whole milk, diced onions, an egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix with spoon; I like to use my hands, until everything is combined.

Using a cookie scoop or large spoon for chicken mixture into 1-1-1/2 inch sized balls and set aside on a rimmed baking sheet. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add canola oil. Working in batches cook meatballs, turning often for 7 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside on baking sheet until all meatballs have been cooked.

In a medium saucepan combine all the ingredients for the honey garlic sauce (except the cornstarch + water), and bring to a lite boil. Reduce the heat and add in the cornstarch and water mixture. Mix until thickened.

Place the meatballs back in the skillet and pour the honey garlic meatball sauce over the top, toss to coat. Garnish with chopped chives and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Potassium 133mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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