Give me a sticky sauce on anything and I’ll devour it. These meatballs were dripping in a wonderfully sticky and sweet sauce. I didn’t find these unbearably spicy but they do pack a delightful kick. The heat in these guys is more of an aftertaste then a knock you out kind of spicy. I paired it up with some crunchy veggies and rice. I do think it would taste great alongside some grilled veggies or even in a sandwich to switch it up for lunch. The process was very simple and straightforward making it a great weeknight recipe. There were plenty of left overs that kept really well. I will be making this one again and again! I found the original recipe at http://www.littlespicejar.com and have to tell anyone reading this how beautiful that blog is. They have so many yummy recipes over there and I definitely recommend that you give them a look.
Serves: 18-22 meatballs Calories: 100 calories per meatball Time: 30 minutes
For the meatballs:
- 1.5 lbs of ground chicken
- 6 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup of your favorite hot sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- red pepper flakes to taste
- Adjust your oven rack to the middle and preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
- In a saucepan, combine the ingredients of the firecracker sauce over medium high heat. Bring the sauce to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, panko, paprika, and onion powder. Mix well but don’t over mix.
- Roll the mixture into 18-24 meatballs and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven and brush them with a bit of the sauce. Place them back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Remove and top with the remaining sauce and enjoy!
*Photo is an original belonging to me
*Recipe adapted from www.littlespicejar.com