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A bowl of chicken meatballs covered in sauce and sesame seeds.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Healthy oven baked Thai chicken meatballs that are tender, juicy and packed full of flavour!
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Course: dinners, healthy snacks
Cuisine: Asian, thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 20 serves
Calories: 57kcal

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken mince ground chicken
  • ½ cup (45 g) panko crumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbs (30 g) soy sauce
  • 2 tbs (30 g) sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs (15 g) lime juice
  • 2 tbs (30 g) extra sweet chilli sauce for brushing
  • sesame seeds for sprinkling

For the sauce

  • cup (75 g) sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 ½ tbs (22.5 g) lime juice

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 210 degrees celsius (fan forced).
  • Lightly spray a non-stick mini-muffin tray with cooking spray and set aside (if you don't have a mini-muffin tray, lightly spray a non-stick baking tray).
  • Place the chicken mince, panko crumbs, garlic, ginger, soy, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice into a bowl.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Roll mixture into heaped tablespoon sized balls using wet hands (see Notes)
  • Place one ball into each hole of the mini-muffin tin.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then brush with 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for a further 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  • To make the dipping sauce, mix the extra ⅓ cup of sweet chilli sauce and 1 & ½ tbs lime juice in a small serving bowl.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 210 degrees celsius (fan forced).
  • Lightly spray a non-stick mini-muffin tray with cooking spray and set aside (if you don't have a mini-muffin tray, lightly spray a non-stick baking tray).
  • Place the chicken mince, panko crumbs, garlic, ginger, soy, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice into the Thermomix bowl. Mix for 5 seconds, Reverse, Speed 4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat once more or until combined.
  • Roll mixture into heaped tablespoon sized balls using wet hands (see Notes).
  • Place one ball into each hole of the mini-muffin tin.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then brush with 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for a further 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  • To make the dipping sauce, mix the extra ⅓ cup of sweet chilli sauce and 1 & ½ tbs lime juice in a small serving bowl.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Ingredients Info
  • chicken mince - also known as ground chicken. You can use minced chicken breast or a combination of minced breast and thigh meat.
  • panko crumbs - the panko bread crumbs help to hold the chicken meatballs together. Panko crumbs are a Japanese-style breadcrumb that are larger and lighter than regular breadcrumbs. You can buy them from the international/Asian section of any major supermarket. If panko crumbs are unavailable, you can use regular breadcrumbs.
 
More Recipe Tips
Rolling the balls - The mixture will be very sticky so wet your hands with water before rolling the mixture to stop it sticking to your hands and will ensure your meatballs are perfectly round in shape. You can also add more panko crumbs if the mixture is too wet.
Mini muffin tray - When making meatballs, I like to use a lightly grease mini muffin tin. This allows you to put one meatball in each hole. If you don't have a mini muffin tin, you can simply use a flat baking tray.
Storing - Store any leftover cooked meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before consuming (or serve cold).
Freezing uncooked meatballs - You can prepare the chicken meatball mixture, roll into balls and freeze uncooked in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost in the fridge before baking in the oven as per the recipe instructions.
Freezing cooked meatballs - You can also freeze any leftover cooked meatballs in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can either allow the meatballs to defrost in the fridge before reheating or you can reheat directly from frozen. Ensure the meatballs are hot all the way through before consuming though.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg