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Healthy and Easy Meatballs with a Chipotle Bourbon Glaze

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with a Chipotle Bourbon Glaze

  • Author: Mila
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


Tender and delicious chicken meatballs that come together in under 30 minutes, all dipped in a heavenly chipotle and bourbon glaze.




  • 1.5 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 small onion grated
  • ¼ 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.


1. Nutritional values should only be used as a guideline.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Chicken
  • Cuisine: American