barbecue chicken meatballs
BBQ chicken meatballs were the biggest hit of the party

Barbecue Chicken meatballs are a fun recipe for your next party but be warned, you’re going to have to make a TON of these. They’ll disappear quicker than your paycheck at a casino.  I made these for a client’s party last night and guests were coming into the kitchen to get them by the bowl full, I barely had time to get them on the wonton chips and out to the living room. Guests loving your food and wanting to eat it all is the BEST of all problems for a chef to have.

bbq chicken meatballs
You MUST try this barbecue chicken meatball recipe.

Ground chicken has a softer texture than ground beef so these meatballs don’t hold their shape as well and tend to be flat on the bottom. That works out great for this recipe so the meatballs won’t roll off the wonton chip when you pick it up.  I don’t add breadcrumbs to firm up the mixture because that changes the texture of the meatballs in a way I find unpleasant.

BBQ Chicken Meatballs
BBQ Chicken Meatballs are great on their own

mmm Don’t they look delicious?!

You can make a tasty BBQ Chicken Meatball sandwich
You can make a tasty BBQ Chicken Meatball sandwich
barbecue chicken meatballs

The most delicious BBQ Chicken Meatballs #recipe

Demetra Overton
These are the most delicious barbecue chicken meatballs. Your guests will devour these and beg for more. You will need 2 sheet pans to roast the meatballs and a sauce pan to make the glaze
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Servings 46 mini meatballs


  • 1 egg
  • 2 shallots
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray's or make your own
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • canola oil
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
  • sriracha or hot sauce to taste
  • scallions and sesame seeds to garnish


  • Beat the egg in a bowl large enough to mix all of the ingredients.
  • Mince the shallots, chop the scallions and grate the ginger, add these to the beaten eggs along with the ground chicken, barbecue sauce and soy sauce.
  • Oil the sheet pans with about a tablespoon of canola oil on each pan
  • Use a 1/4 scoop to form appetizer sized meatballs, scoop the meatballs onto the sheet pans ( you can make the meatballs larger, just increase the cooking time accordingly)
  • Chill the meatballs for about 30 minutes.
  • Roast the meatballs in a 425 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until done.
  • Combine the glaze ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Coat the meatballs in the glaze and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.
  • AND
  • Serve on wonton chips (just cut wonton wrappers in half diagonally and fry them)
  • OR
  • Serve on a sandwich with slaw
  • OR
  • Serve in a bowl with toothpicks



9 Comments on The most delicious BBQ Chicken Meatballs #recipe

  1. BalancingMama (Julie)
    January 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm (9 years ago)

    These sound wonderful! I absolutely love the look of them served on wonton chips. Great idea!

  2. Kendra
    January 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm (9 years ago)

    These look so good. I usually prepare them for my children but these are a seriously adult version. 🙂 I can’t wait to try them.

    • Demetra Overton
      January 3, 2015 at 2:43 am (9 years ago)

      I think you and your kids will like these meatballs. This is the perfect recipe for a family party.

  3. Katherine G
    January 1, 2015 at 3:06 am (9 years ago)

    I love meatballs. I’ve never had chicken meatballs before. These look so delicious!

  4. Lindsey Paris
    December 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm (9 years ago)

    Check out the wonton chips!! I love the added texture and asian influence.

    • Demetra Overton
      December 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm (9 years ago)

      I love to serve appetizers on wonton chips, they’re so light and crunchy. The only problem is keeping yourself from snacking on them before you serve.

  5. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?
    December 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Admittedly, I’m not usually a meatball fan, but these look delicious and totally different from any meatball I’ve ever had!

    • Demetra Overton
      December 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm (9 years ago)

      These meatballs are a bit lighter and more tender than a beef meatball, guaranteed to win you over 😉


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