Bacon Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

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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.

ENJOY!

5 from 2 votes

Bacon Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Light and tender bacon chicken meatballs with creamy tangy dipping sauce - a true crowd-pleaser!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 60 meatballs

Ingredients

For meatballs:

  • 5 oz 140gr bacon
  • 2 lbs 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

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mat, or parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, place bacon and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add all the remaining meatball ingredients. Pulse until everything is well combined.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients until smooth.
  • Serve the meatballs warm with sauce on the side.

Tips & Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 5meatballs, Calories: 334kcal, Carbohydrates: 26.8g, Protein: 23.2g, Fat: 15.2g, Cholesterol: 107.2mg, Sodium: 624.5mg, Sugar: 1.1g
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

This recipe was originally published on May 25, 2015.

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23 Comments

  1. 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! 🙂
    Cathy

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!! 

    1. Oh these turned out fabulous, Beeta. I can’t get over how juicy they are! Thank you, sweetie!

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

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