Need a new recipe for your next game day gathering? This handy meatball recipe is packed full of flavor thanks to an easy bourbon glaze that reduces while the meatballs are in the oven. Shredded apples add flavor and moisture, and a brushing of butter before baking ensures that the meatballs exit the oven browned and flavorful.

Chicken Apple Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 20 meatballs

Chicken Apple Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce


    For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup tart apple (such as Granny Smith), shredded
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the bourbon sauce:
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves


  1. For the meatballs:
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and mix well. Shape 1 1/2 tablespoon portions of chicken mixture into approximately 20 meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs on parchment covered baking sheet. Drizzle or brush liberally with melted butter and bake in upper third of oven for 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, make bourbon sauce.
  6. When meatballs are cooked, remove from oven and place in warm bowl. Add bourbon sauce and stir to coat.
  7. For the bourbon sauce:
  8. Mix all ingredients in medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan until well combined. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 minutes, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 cup. Glaze should be just thick enough to coat meatballs with thin layer of sauce.

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  1. Sara Maynard said:

    Can ground pork be used in place of chicken?

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Sara – Yes! Ground pork is a great alternative if you’d like.