Here is an easy dinner idea – Chicken Meatballs in Barbeque Sauce, ready in roughly 30 minutes. Lately, I’ve been so busy that getting dinner on the table has been a bit of a challenge. So, anything I can make in less than 45 minutes sounds good to me. I came across this recipe in the latest Cooking Light issue and made a few minor tweaks.
For fun, I had my son help me with a mini photo collage – it’s so much easier using my phone to take pictures than my big camera, so forgive me, but I’d rather get this recipe posted than take step-by-step photos with my “real” camera, hook my camera up to my computer, process the photos, etc, etc. If I did that, you might never see this recipe.
This Barbeque Chicken Meatball recipe is very simple: (1) make the sauce using pantry ingredients; (2) mix, form, and brown the meatballs; (3) combine the sauce and meatballs together and simmer for about minutes.
While the meatballs are cooking, you can toss a salad together or steam some vegetables (try Broccoli with Toasted Garlic Olive Oil). Dinner can be ready in 30 minutes!
Barbeque Chicken Meatballs
- 2 tablespoons honey or dark brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 pound ground chicken
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- Cooking spray
Place Barbeque Sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Place in a saucepan.
Combine chicken, breadcrumbs, water, oregano, basil, thyme, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and shape into 16 meatballs (use disposable food safe gloves if you like).
Heat large skillet and lightly coat large skillet with cooking spray. Place meatballs in skillet in a single layer; cook 2-3 minutes per side, until brown. Meatballs do not have to be cooked through at this point.
Place meatballs in saucepan with Barbeque Sauce. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for 10-12 minutes until meatballs are done.