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Healthy Chicken Meatball Bake Recipe With Curry Sauce

Meatballs have been a staple in various cuisines the world for centuries, offering a versatile and satisfying option for both family dinners and special occasions. Typically made with ground meat, breadcrumbs, herbs and spices, meatballs have an iconic juicy texture and savory profile. And we love them bathed in sauce and baked with other tasty ingredients. If this sounds appetizing, you need to try this healthy chicken meatball bake recipe with a homemade curry sauce. Ground chicken adds a high-protein spin without sacrificing flavor, while the curry brings bold flavor, with spices like turmeric also helping reduce inflammation.

When it comes to cooking chicken, the number one risk is dryness. But we have some helpful tips for making chicken meatballs just as juicy as the original. First, use moisture-rich ingredients like finely grated onions or minced garlic to the mixture. Next, don’t forget the binder that holds everything together, like breadcrumbs or panko. Finally, include some fat content, such as olive oil or melted butter to help lock in moisture. Just a tablespoon or two will do. Have more tips for keeping chicken juicy? Tell us in the comments below!

See also: Tired of Dry Chicken Breast? These Are the 2 Best Ways To Keep It Moist

Making your own curry sauce for this chicken meatball bake recipe doesn’t have to be complicated (or time consuming!). You should always use fresh ingredients whenever possible like ginger, garlic and onions. Another trick you can do is toast your spices. Why? This enhances their flavors and aromas. Simply heat them in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, then grind them into a fine powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Additionally, coconut milk can be an important, secret weapon in any curry sauce. It adds creaminess and richness while also balancing out the spices. We want to know your favorite homemade curry recipe in the comments!

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Yields

4 serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz.) sweet potatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • ½ cup Italian-stye dry breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup butter chicken curry simmer sauce, from 15-oz. jar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccolini, cut into 2" pieces Mango chutney (optional)

Instructions

Heat oven to 375°F. Coat 3-qt. baking dish with cooking spray. Peel potatoes; quarter. Cut into ¾" wedges. Cut onion into ¼"-thick round slices. In large bowl, combine ground chicken, breadcrumbs, cilantro, egg, garlic, pepper, salt and cumin; mix until just combined. Divide mixture into 12 portions. Shape into balls.

In bowl, stir together curry sauce and ¾ cup water; reserve. In baking dish, toss potatoes and onion with 1 Tbs. oil. Bake, stirring occasionally, until softened, 25 min. Add meatballs and sauce mixture to baking dish. Bake 10 min. Toss broccolini with remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add to baking dish. Bake until meatballs are no longer pink in center and vegetables are tender, 10–15 min. If desired, serve with chutney.

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