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Chicken Satay Meatballs

Keyword Dairy-Free, gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 518 kcal
Author Amy Rains

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the Satay Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup smooth nut butter (almond, peanut, or cashew)
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos*
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Additional add-ins

  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds or nuts

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat. While the skillet is getting hot, prepare your meatballs. In a large bowl mix together the meatball ingredients: ground turkey or chicken, flour, egg, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, and sea salt. Mix with your hands to ensure it's well incorporated. Form into 1.5 inch balls.

  2. Once skillet is hot, coat the skillet with oil. Add the meatballs (You may have to work in batches but I was able to fit all of my meatballs using a 12 inch skillet). Sear on all sides, totaling about 8 minutes of cooking (might not be cooked all the way through, and this is fine). 

  3. Meanwhile, make your satay sauce. In a high powered blender, blend together coconut milk, nut butter, coconut aminos, vinegar, sesame oil, cilantro, ginger, garlic, and crushed red pepper (if using). Blend until completely smooth.

  4. Toss in add-in vegetables to the skillet: bell pepper, carrots and green onion. Continue to stir for a few minutes with meatballs. Reduce heat to low. Now pour in the satay sauce, coating the meatballs and veggies. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly so the sauce doesn't stick to bottom of the pan.

  5. Serve hot over rice or cauliflower rice, or plain. Garnish with cilantro and chopped nuts (if using).

Recipe Notes

*You can also use GF Tamari Soy Sauce in place of coconut aminos

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Satay Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 845mg24%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 4463IU89%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.