Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Delicious Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs served in lettuce leaves with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Fast, fresh and yummy. 

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

These meatballs are really, really good. Like REALLY good! They make the most delicious dinner – especially on a warm night when you just want something light. And by serving them in lettuce leaves you end up with a totally fresh tasting meal, plus it looks pretty. And we all like a pretty dinner.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

There is no doubting my love of meatballs. BUT! I’m not the hugest fan of meatballs that are fried in oil. They’re just a bit icky (is that a real word!?). These ones are oven baked, so you don’t have to worry about oil making them heavy or greasy. Ooh and because they’re made with chicken mince, they’re nice and lean too.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

I have a little secret trick to baking meatballs on the oven and I promise it’s a winner. If you own a mini-muffin tray, lightly grease it with cooking oil spray, roll your meatballs and pop one into each mini hole. They’re the perfect size, help to keep the meatballs round and cooks them evenly. You don’t even need to turn them over (unless you want to of course!).

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

These oven baked thai chicken meatballs are flavoured with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sweet chilli and lime juice. This means that they have a BIG flavour. Love, love, LOVE that! And to make them even more delicious, I like to brush a little extra sweet chilli sauce over the top of the meatballs and sprinkle over some sesame seeds right near the end of the cooking time.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Then it’s simply a matter of serving them in lettuce leaves with a yummy sweet chilli and lime dipping sauce. Deeeeelish!

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Seriously, if you make these meatballs, you’re going to be in your family’s good books for a long, long time!

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

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Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Deliciously simple Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs served in lettuce leaves with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Fast, fresh and yummy.
Course Dinner, Light Meals, Lunch, lunch box snacks, Lunch or Dinner, Snacks
Cuisine Family Meals, Lunch, lunch box snacks, Party Food, Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 15 -20
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 500 g lean chicken mince
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 2 tbs extra sweet chilli sauce for brushing
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling
  • Sauce
  • 1/3 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbs lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees celcius.
  2. Lightly spray a non-stick mini-muffin tray with cooking spray and set aside (if you don't have a mini-muffin tray, lightly grease a non-stick baking tray).
  3. Place the chicken mince, panko crumbs, garlic, ginger, soy, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice into a bowl.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Roll mixture into heaped tablespoon sized balls (if your mixture is difficult to roll, add in some more panko crumbs).
  6. Place one ball into each hole of the mini-muffin tin.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Brush with 2tbs sweet chilli sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake for a further 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  10. Serve in lettuce leaves with a dipping sauce made from 4 tbs sweet chilli sauce and 2 tbs lime juice.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

23 thoughts on “Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs”

  1. I’m definitely not a fried meatballs kind of girl either, Lucy, so I’m loving this fresh, light alternative! Chicken is our go-to weeknight staple, so these would go down incredibly well with us, especially in the ridiculous heat we’ve been having here in Brisbane lately! Plus I think these would double-up as an easy work lunch for me cold the next day. They’d be fantastic in a wrap with some salad, I suspect! Yummy! 😀

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      I’ve been hearing how hot it is in Brisbane!! Crazy!! Ooh yes in a wrap would be delish!

  2. I have a Pinterest board dedicated just to meatballs 🙂 Great tip about the mini muffin tins. These look perfect for a light mid week diner – and anything that requires messy hands always tastes better.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha that’s hilarious!! Love your work!

  3. Deborah says:

    Oh, these look good Lucy and would be easy to make gluten-free!

    They’re going on my list!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh definitely!!

  4. Do you know that I have never actually had a fried meatball. I always make my meatballs in sauce or bake them in the oven. These look delicious and I think that everyone would enjoy them.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you xx

  5. Grace says:

    Oh, nom, nom, nom! I think I’m going to make these for the boys’ upcoming birthday part, Lucy!

  6. Liz says:

    Hi,

    Could you freeze this mixture before baking them if you wanted to make it in advance?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!!!! You can also freeze them once they’re cooked (for a quick and easy lunch or dinner!)

  7. Carmel says:

    I’ve just made these for dinner and snuck a couple for my lunch…. They are amazing. I swapped chicken for turkey
    and mixed everything together in the thermomix. Incredibly easy…. Can’t wait for dinner now!

  8. Rose says:

    I made these last night and taking in the left overs for lunch today. I got a big thumbs up from my partner and this is now on the “make again” list. So easy to make, they were moist and the idea of putting the meatballs in a mini muffin pan was brilliant.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      That’s fantastic!!! So glad you enjoyed them!

  9. Donna Bennett says:

    These look delicious, definitely going to make them this week. I love the way you have presented them to o the cos lettuce leaves. So colourful and pretty.

  10. Lucinda says:

    So delicious!!!! They are gone in a flash each time I bake them!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehehe same at my house!!! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! xx

  11. Cherie says:

    Can you serve them cold?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!

  12. Carly says:

    Could you use lemon juice if you have no lime ? Thankyou

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Sure!

  13. Ellen says:

    This was a hit! And so easy. Thank you!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      I’m so glad you liked them!

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