These chicken meatballs are great as a party appetizer: you can add them to a slow cooker to keep warm. They also stand alone as a dinner entree, just add a vegetable or salad. Make sure to double the meatball recipe and keep half in the freezer – it’s a quick, hearty meal any night of the week.

Chicken Meatballs with Maple Bourbon Mustard Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 28 - 30 meatballs

Chicken Meatballs with Maple Bourbon Mustard Sauce


    For the meatballs:
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Maple Bourbon Mustard Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped for serving


  1. Mix together garlic, onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Add ground chicken. Gently mix to combine. Form into small meatballs, about the size of a ping pong ball.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add meatballs to the pan and cook undisturbed for 3 minutes, then turn and cook for another 3 minutes or until the meatballs are brown and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  3. To make the sauce, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the butter and stir until melted.
  4. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and top with chopped parsley.

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  1. Linda said:

    I made the Bourbon meatballs the other night and they were excellent! I made extra sauce, which went well over quinoa with meatballs on top. I’ve used a similar recipe to make a meatloaf using ground turkey. Both delicious!

  2. Linda said:

    Really good! I used ground turkey and these meatballs were inhaled.