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Bacon Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Light and tender bacon chicken meatballs with creamy tangy dipping sauce – a true crowd-pleaser!

These chicken meatballs are not your regular chicken meatballs.

No, no. These meatballs are loaded with BACON!! We’re talking deliciously smokey flavors in every juicy bite!

Besides additional flavor, bacon also prevents the meatballs from drying out. No more overcooked, dry, cardboard-like chicken meatballs. Hello, uber-juicy flavor-bombs!!

And that’s not all, you guys. Light and crispy Japanese breadcrumbs, aka Panko, is added in the mixture to ensure light and tender texture.

Oh and did I mention how easy it is to make these meatballs? In just 1-2-3 steps, these flavor-bombs will be ready to be devoured! Hooray, less time prepping, more time partying!

How to make bacon chicken meatballs

First, place bacon strips in a food processor and pulse it until nice and chopped.

Then add all the remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.

Form the meatballs into bite-size meatballs. I use this medium cookie scoop to form uniform meatballs, which speeds up the whole process so much!

And bake.

See, how easy was that?!

Can I make chicken meatballs without ground chicken?

Absolutely!! I rarely purchase ground chicken, but I make these chicken meatballs quite often. Simply place chicken breasts in a food processor with bacon and pulse until everything is finely chopped.

How to serve chicken meatballs?

Serve the meatballs with creamy zingy sour cream sauce. Perfect appetizer!! The sauce isn’t really hot, but it definitely has a zing to it. That little bit of sriracha really makes a big difference. And creamy horseradish is just a must!

These bacon chicken meatballs are also great in any recipe that calls for meatballs.

How to store chicken meatballs?

Store the baked chicken meatballs in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or freeze them for up to 3 months.


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Bacon Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Light and tender bacon chicken meatballs with creamy tangy dipping sauce – a true crowd-pleaser!

Yield: About 60 meatballs

Prep Time:20 min

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:35 min


For meatballs:
  • 5oz (140gr) bacon
  • 2lbs (1kg) ground chicken* (Note 1)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley (about 20gr)
  • 1 cup (60gr) Panko, Japanese breadcrumbs
  • 5 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
For sauce:
  • ¼ cup (55gr) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon creamy horseradish
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mat, or parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, place bacon and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add all the remaining meatball ingredients. Pulse until everything is well combined.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, divide the mixture into uniform meatballs, about 1-inch. (You will get about 60 meatballs.) Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked.
  6. Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients until smooth.
  7. Serve the meatballs warm with sauce on the side.

Note 1: Substitute chicken breasts for ground chicken, if necessary. Simply place whole chicken breasts into the food processor with bacon and pulse until well chopped.

All images and text ©Shinee D. for Sweet & Savory

Nutrition Information

Yield: About 60 meatballs, Serving Size: 5 meatballs

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 334 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15.2g
  • Cholesterol: 107.2mg
  • Sodium: 624.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26.8g
  • Sugar: 1.1g
  • Protein: 23.2g


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This recipe was originally published on May 25, 2015.

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  1. Love this meatballs! Looks delicious!

  2. Hi Shinee, Just want to let you know that I tried your bacon chicken meatballs served with the sauce for our usual party night.  Everyone loved the meatballs, especially the sauce!  We almost dipped the sauce on every bite of the meatballs.  I couldn’t find the smoky garlic mustard at my local stores.  Instead, I used honey mustard and added extra one teaspoon to enhance the flavour.  Wish I can find the smoky garlic mustard and try again next time.  They were such a tasty, happy food.  And I couldn’t take the credit for it without saying thank you for sharing the recipe.  The bacon chicken meatballs are really good.  Thank you!Karen

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Karen! Aww, that’s so great to hear that everyone loved the meatballs, and yeah, that sauce is amazing. I believe you can order the smoky garlic mustard online from their website. And thank you for coming back and leaving your feedback. 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness, I love gourmet mustards. I think I have like 5 different kinds in the fridge right now.! Your meatballs look perfect for a party! 

  4. I love these!!! Visiting from FoodieFriDIY. Have a great weekend.

  5. Love the combination of bacon and chicken Shinee! They look so tasty!

  6. Bacon plus chicken in a ball?!?!? OMG YES! 

  7. Wow! This is mouthwatering amazing! I would love for you to share this at my party Making Memories Mondays that is going on now! Hope to see you there! 🙂

  8. This looks so unusual and good! Sounds fantastic I gotta try it 🙂

  9. Yum!  We attend a bacon-themed pot luck party each summer we’ll have to test this out and see if it’ll become our contribution!

    • That sounds like a fun and delicious potluck!! Let me know how you like these meatballs if you try them. Thank you for stopping by, Steph.

  10. These look so good!  I love finding new recipes that don’t use beef.  Can’t wait to make these for dinner! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Smoky garlic mustard—that sounds delicious! The meatballs look great…I’m loving the bacon.

  12. These definitely look like a crowd-pleaser, Shinee! And I love how fast they come together. Great choice in the garlic mustard – I can imagine how fantastic they are in these meatballs! Yummy!! 

  13. These chicken and bacon meatballs look divine! Lovely, delicious appetiser! 

  14. These are so cute and perfect for a summer cookout or as a summer party appetizer! 🙂