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Asian Chicken Meatballs

Our current favorite was to do meatballs: Asian Chicken Meatballs with Saucy Sesame and Hoisin Orzo. This fun spin on a classic pairs tender, garlic and ginger BAKED meatballs with an orzo full of veggies and an addictive sauce you'll want to lick with the a spoon. Prep ahead and eat later in the week! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian chicken meatballs, baked chicken meatballs, asian orzo, peanut orzo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 303 kcal
Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp grated or minced ginger, divided
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, divided
  • 6 green onions, sliced and divided
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tbsp hoisin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock or water
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Fill a large skillet with high sides with water. Bring to a boil.

  3. While the water comes to a boil, mince the garlic and ginger. Slice the red bell pepper. Cut the small onion in half and dice. Reserve the rest of the onion to grate over the chicken meatball mixture. Slice the green onion.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 garlic cloves, and egg to the bottom of a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the ground chicken, panko, 1/4 cup of the green onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grate the remaining half of the onion on top. Use your hands or a fork to combine the chicken mixture just until it's combined. The mixture will be very sticky and wet, this is normal.

  5. Spray a small ice cream or cookie scoop with non-stick cooking spray. Portion the meatballs out into heaping tablespoon portions. Get hands slightly wet and roll the chicken into uniform meatballs.(Getting your hands slightly wet will prevent the chicken meatballs from sticking to your hands.) Line on prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

  6. While the chicken meatballs cook, make the orzo. Right after putting the meatballs in the oven, drop the orzo into the boiling water.

  7. Add the remaining tablespoon soy sauce to a small bowl along with the hoisin, peanut butter, chicken stock or water, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Set aside.

  8. When the orzo is aldente, drain in a colander and return the empty pot to the stove over a medium heat. (Let the orzo rest in the colander.) Add the remaining tablespoons of sesame oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and red bell pepper. Saute until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, cook another 1-2 minutes. Add the baby spinach and toss until slightly wilted. Turn the heat on low and add the cooked orzo along with the sauce. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 

  9. When the chicken meatballs are done cooking, spoon the orzo on to plates or bowls. Top with meatballs. Sprinkle with extra green onion and sesame seeds. 

Nutrition Facts
Asian Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1045mg45%
Potassium 522mg15%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1862IU37%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.