These Indian Spiced Chicken Meatballs are sure to be a hit!!! Tender, succulent and packed with wonderful spices. This is the deliciousness of curry in easy to eat meatball form. The perfect party appetizer, or serve with rice and dhal for a great midweek meal!.
What spices should I use in these chicken meatballs?
The wonderful thing about these meatballs is they have such a great depth of flavour but without the hours of cooking.
The moisture in the chicken meat, soften the spices so they are balanced and well rounded without any raw spice flavour.
The spices I like to included in my Indian chicken meatballs are:
- ground coriander
- ground turmeric
- garam masala
- curry powder (get my recipe)
They are all mild spices that create an aromatic and flavor packed meatball rather than a spicy meatball.
If you like things spicy then add some red pepper flakes (I would suggest 1 teaspoon to get the heat going)
Can I make my own ground chicken for this recipe?
I tend to buy my ground chicken (chicken mince) from the butchers, but on occasions if I find chicken on special offer I will mince my own. It is easy to do in the food processor.
You can use chicken thighs, chicken breast or my favourite is a mixture of 3 chicken thighs and 1 chicken breast.
I chop them into chunks and then pulse chop in the food processor until I have a course mince. Then proceed with the recipe as normal.
This recipe for Indian chicken meatballs also works well with ground turkey.
As there are no binders in this recipe I wouldn't suggest substituting in ground beef. Ground beef tends to be less sticky than ground chicken and the meatballs don't stay together well. If you want to use beef then I would suggest adding an egg and ½ cup of breadcrumbs to the mixture. (this will stop them being GF and paleo)
These indian chicken meatballs make the perfect party bite, as they are easy to eat straight from a skewer/cocktail stick and they are delicious served hot, warm or room temp.
If you want to serve these as part of a meal, I like to serve them with dhal and rice. (Dahl recipe here)
You could add a vegetable curry instead. My current favourite is this chickpea and potato curry from my friend Richa over at My Food Story.
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Indian Chicken Meatballs
You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list
- 1 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 2 teaspoon curry powder (get my recipe)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- small handful of fresh coriander
- 1.1 lb ground chicken (chicken mince)
- Peel the onion and garlic and place them into the food processor. Whizz on high powder until you have a onion smoosh.
- Add the ground coriander, turmeric, garam masala, curry powder and salt then pulse to combine
- Finally add in the coriander and pulse to just chop.
- Tip the onion mixture into a large bowl and add in the chicken mince.
- Use you hands to mix everything together.
- Use a tablespoon measure to scoop out a ball of mixture and smooth into a ball.
- Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
- To cook, heat a small amount of all in a frying pan and cook the meatballs for 3-4 minutes before turning and cooking for a further 3 minutes.
Indian Chicken Meatball Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE meatballs! For me they are the perfect little bite!
AND you can mix up the flavour with so many different things!
PLUS you can serve them in so many different ways!
My favourite way is as an appetizer like these indian chicken meatballs, but for other appetizer meatballs checkout my
Or add them to a soup like these two nourishing and amazing soupy dishes:
I have a meatball collection if you want to check it out 😉