Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Mmm meatballs. Otherwise known as the little brother to the equally delicious meatloaf. Who doesn’t love ‘em? These sweet and sour chicken meatballs are a riff on Bubbe’s classic recipe using chicken instead of beef. So you can eat twice as many! A little sweet, a little sour, and put it on a toothpick and you have a perfect party appetizer! Because the only thing better than meat, is meat on a stick. But I digress. If you have been reading WJWE for a while, you may remember when I made this tasty Apples & Honey Rosh Hashanah Cocktail using Nektar Naturals. Nektar Naturals is honey in crystalized form, so you get the sweet without the sticky mess. Pretty cool right? I used it in my meatballs, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter our giveaway! Here is all Jew need to make your own Sweet and Sour Meatballs:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

First saute one onion in a little olive oil over medium heat until tender. Then add tomato sauce and wine and stir. Then add the Nektar Naturals, lemon juice, vinegar, water, allspice and salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium low and let simmer. Meanwhile, mix together ground chicken, minced garlic, diced onion, 1 egg, minced cilantro, breadcrumbs, and I added in a squirt of Sriracha because I put it in everything!! Addicted. Then form into little balls.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add in olive oil. Then brown meatballs on either side. This gives them extra flavor and helps them stay in ball form! Add them to the sauce, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce is thick and the meat is cooked through.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Garnish with extra cilantro and serve hot!

Sweet and Sour MeatballsSweet and Sour Meatballs And now for the giveaway!! 

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs {Giveaway Post!!}
 
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Bubbe's Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Chicken instead of Beef- so you can eat twice as many!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 15 pieces
Ingredients
  • For sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry red wine (white works too actually)
  • ¼ cup Nektar Naturals (12 packets) or more (1/2 cup total) if you want sweeter meatballs!
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1½ teaspoons salt, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs, or matzo meal during Passover
  • Squirt of Sriracha (optional)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. First saute one onion in 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until tender.
  2. Then add tomato sauce and wine and stir.
  3. Then add the Nektar Naturals, lemon juice, vinegar, water, allspice and salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium low and let simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together ground chicken, minced garlic, onion, 1 egg, minced cilantro, breadcrumbs, and I added in a squirt of Sriracha because I put it in everything!! Addicted. Then form into little balls.
  5. Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add in ¼ cup olive oil. Then brown meatballs on either side. This gives them extra flavor and helps them stay in ball form!
  6. Add them to the sauce and simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce is thick and the meat is cooked through.
  7. Garnish with extra cilantro and serve hot!

 

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  1. says

    What a clever idea for crystallized honey! I would sprinkle it on top of oatmeal raisin cookies. Or just about any cookie! I will have to look for it in my area. Definitely gonna try those meatballs too!!

  2. Tania L says

    I would use Nektar on toast with my cinnamon and butter. YUM! It sounds like it would go with a lot of things though. :) I would really like to try this recipe soon.

  3. Mary says

    I subscribed; I found your blog through Pinterest and am interested in trying some of your “updated” recipes!

  4. says

    These look amazing! I would try the Nektar in a couple of savory dishes that I typically use honey in – like my BBQ Sauce or my Parmesan Honey Pork, for example. :) Yum!

  5. Eugenie says

    I would add Nektar to a smoothie made with fresh strawberries and nonfat Greek yogurt.

  6. Sarah Penrose says

    Have to try this soon! I would use Nektar in banana bread! Yum! Liked on FaceBook, and subrlscribed to e-mails. Cant waot for more delicious recipes!!!

  7. says

    Honey in meatballs – who knew? Would definitely try that. Honey crystals…I think they would work nicely on top of muffins, perhaps. Also thinking that would work well in drinks – especially easy for tea. On oatmeal – yum.

  8. Kerry Hancock says

    I could not find Nektar here in Adelaide so I added our yummy blue gum honey….these meatballs were sensational. The only thing I changed was to bake the meatballs on an oven tray 180C for 20 mins then added to the sauce….yummy

  9. Nat says

    Hey Amy!

    I love all your yummy recipes!

    Could you please cook us a rye bread that tastes like a real deal deli rye bread.

    Thanks in advance :)

  10. Diane R says

    Would use my first use of Nektar trying out your fabulous recipe.

    Subscribed to your delecious e-mail list and like Nektar on Facebook!

    Thank you for the opportunity and for your webpage :)

  11. says

    I have a drink recipes stored away that I would try this with…I don’t make them because they call for sugar and my girl doesn’t like Splenda very much. Love that Nektar is lower glycemic, will have to search for it even if I don’t win :)

  12. Lisa Foster says

    I had to admit I eat very simply and I don’t spend a lit if time cooking. However, I drink hot tea every night before bed and I really enjoy Nektar in my tea!!!

  13. Rachel Byrne says

    I’d like to try Nektar in a marinade for chicken with some lemon juice and garlic!

  14. J.Ruth Brandeberry says

    I would like to try the Nektar crystals in my Apple Pie Milk Shake recipe! Yum!!!

  15. Rachel Byrne says

    I already liked Nektar on Facebook. Thank you for the opportunity! Your recipe sounds fantastic.

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