This is not a sponsored recipe, I just happen to love G Hughes products.
If you are unfamiliar, G Hughes makes sugar-free, low-calorie sauces that are indistinguishable from regular sauces. In fact, they make the BBQ sauce I use in my Healthy Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork.
I recently came across G Hughes Sweet Chili sauce, and I knew I needed to try it for a new recipe.
Introducing: Sweet Chili Chicken Meatballs!
These chicken meatballs are packed full of flavor, with the G Hughes Sweet Chili sauce giving them a sweet & spicy boost.
On its own, chicken can be quite bland, but these chicken meatballs are far from it.
You can follow this same recipe to make regular beef meatballs, pork, or even turkey meatballs, but the chicken works very well paired with the sweet chili sauce.
These chicken meatballs are great for meal prepping throughout the week, too!
How to make sweet chili chicken meatballs
The star of this dish is obviously the sweet chili sauce, and I can’t recommend G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce enough.
Any sweet chili sauce will work for this recipe, but I love that 2 tablespoons of this sauce contain only 5 calories.
If you were to use Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce (just a random example), 2 tablespoons contain 70 calories, which can end up making quite a big difference if you’re using multiple servings.
And don’t worry: G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce isn’t loaded up with a ton of artificial ingredients, either. Here is the full ingredients list:
Water, Red Bell Peppers, Hot Cherry Peppers (Cherry Peppers, Water, Vinegar, Salt), Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Tamari Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Alcohol), Garlic, Cayenne Pepper Sauce (Aged Red Cayenne Pepper, Distilled Vinegar, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Natural Flavoring, Xanthan Gum, Granulated Garlic), Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Sucralose.
Anyways, that’s enough talk about this sauce. If you don’t want to buy the sweet chili sauce and would rather make your own, here is a recipe you can use!
To make these chicken meatballs, all we have to do is throw everything together in a large bowl!
I used a small amount of diced pineapple for these meatballs (I was able to get a can of diced pineapple at the grocery store) but that ingredient can be omitted if preferred.
Otherwise, this recipe is a very basic mixture of ground chicken, breadcrumbs, and seasoning.
Use your hands to mix everything together, then form balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
In total, you should get about 15-16 meatballs, but it will depend on the exact size you make.
Bake the sweet chili chicken meatballs at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
I like to rotate my entire baking sheet at the halfway point because I find the back of my oven gets hotter than the front, but that is totally optional.
Remove the chicken meatballs from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes.
The sweet chili flavor will be pretty minimal at this stage, so we’re going to toss them in some additional G Hughes Sweet Chili sauce before serving.
I added about 1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce to a pan, then added the meatballs to fully coat them and heat them up a bit before serving.
You can use more sauce than this if you prefer, I just prefer to have additional sauce on the side for dipping purposes.
Serve these sweet chili chicken meatballs over white or brown rice and enjoy!
These chicken meatballs will stay fresh for up to one week in the fridge, so you can portion them up for lunch or dinner throughout the week for easy meal prep!
And if you want another incredibly simple chicken recipe for meal prep, check out my chicken parm stuffed peppers!
Sweet Chili Chicken Meatballs (With G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce)
Healthy, protein-packed chicken meatballs paired with G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce make the perfect Asian-inspired dinner.
- 1 Pound Ground Chicken
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/4 Cup Diced Pineapple (I use drained canned pineapple)
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Green Onion (and extra for topping)
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Onion
- 1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumb
- 1/4 Cup G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce (or any sweet chili sauce of your choice)
- White Rice
- Additional 1/2 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients listed above and use your hands to mix it all together.
- Break off pieces about the size of a golf ball, roll them in your hands, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I was able to make 15 meatballs out of my mixture, but the exact amount may vary slightly.
- Bake for 15 minutes. If you find that your oven cooks unevenly, you can rotate the baking sheet halfway through.
- Remove the chicken meatballs from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup (can use more) of the sweet chili sauce to a pan and heat over medium heat, then mix in your meatballs to coat them before serving. Serve over rice and top with some additional green onion, then enjoy!
You don't have to use G Hughes Sweet Chili Sauce, but I personally love it and it is very low-calorie. Any sauce will work great in the same quantities!
If you choose to make larger meatballs, you'll need to increase the cooking time. Cut into one meatball to make sure it's done before serving, as you do not want to serve undercooked chicken.
Nutrition InformationYield About 4 Serving Size 4 Meatballs
Amount Per Serving Calories 195Total Fat 9gCarbohydrates 6.5gProtein 22.5g