Healthy Chicken Meatballs with a Chipotle Bourbon Glaze

Tender and delicious chicken meatballs that come together in under 30 minutes, all dipped in a heavenly chipotle and bourbon glaze.
Course Appetizer, Chicken
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 289 kcal
Author Mila



  • 1.5 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 small onion grated
  • ΒΌ cup milk 2%, whole, skim, all is fine
  • 2 scallions reserve about 1 tbsp for garnish, finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1.5 cups Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce or your personal favorite
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp smoky chipotle powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest


  1. Preheat your oven to 450-degrees.
  2. Combine ground chicken, scallions, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl. Combine mixture with your hands until just mixed, do not over mix or you will end up having dense meat balls.
  3. Prepare a sheet pan by spraying it with pan spray and THEN putting parchment on top. Create a huge "X" on the sheet from one corner to the next. This is a great trick to get your paper to stick onto the sheet pan.
  4. Use a tablespoon, melon baller, or small ice cream scoop to shape the meatballs. Do not make them too smooth, the rigid edges will allow for better browning in the oven.
  5. Place meatballs into the oven and let cook for 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear.
  6. While the meatballs cook, combine all the ingredients of the sauce into a medium sauce pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Feel free to add more chipotle if you feel you need some more heat.
  7. Remove the meatballs from the oven and dip into the sauce while hot. Serve with extra sauce on the side.

Recipe Notes

1. Nutritional values should only be used as a guideline.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Meatballs with a Chipotle Bourbon Glaze
Amount Per Serving (340 g)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 924mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.