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Chicken Apple Meatballs with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce

January 13, 2014

These are fantastic! Serve as a snack, an appetizer, or with fresh veggies as a main course. Plus kids love ’em! And don’t worry about frying in a deep skillet of oil. They aren’t greasy because ground chicken absorbs very little oil during cooking. Now that you have this recipe, no need for those icky frozen meatballs!

1 lb. ground chicken
1 large apple, peeled and grated
1 1/2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon mayo


  • Using hands, squeeze out all excess water from grated apples.
  • Still using hands, mix apple with ground chicken, breadcrumbs, chicken seasoning, minced onion, herbes de Provence, paprika and pepper. Mix until just combined–don’t over mix.
  • Form mix into 20 meatballs (don’t make too big or they won’t cook thru).
  • Roll balls in flour to lightly dust. Shake off excess.
  • Fill a large, deep-sided skillet half full with vegetable oil.
  • Heat oil until hot, but not smoking.
  • Place meatballs in oil one-by-one and pan fry until lightly on all sides, about 8 minutes, or until cooked thru.
  • Using tongs, remove meatballs from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • To make dijon dipping sauce, whisk together honey, dijon and mayo until combined.
  • Serve hot with dipping sauce on the side.
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5 Responses to “ Chicken Apple Meatballs with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce ”

  1. Melissa on December 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    love them! what a great idea grating apple. the oven method was great. we added blue cheese to some just to get rid of what was in fridge and its yummy too. love your homemade honey mustard!

  2. Melissa on December 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    cheese grater who knew! I’m making them right now!

    • KP on December 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Oh good!!! I hope your kiddos like \’em!

  3. Melissa on December 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    yum. how does one grate and apple? have you tried oven cooking meatballs? we normally do that and its a little easier….you can make more at once. this sounds yummy.

    • KP on December 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      You grate an apple just like cheese–using a grater. Peel it first, and stop when you get to the core. Yes, I bake my beef meatballs, but I really like how these turned out in the skillet. I think chicken might dry out in the oven–it\’s so lean. Lemme know what you think of these if you try \’em! They are the standard \”chicken nugget\” in my house :)

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