Chicken Tikka Meatballs are a Whole30 friendly twist on chicken tikka masala made with ground chicken meatballs. The best part of this chicken tikka recipe is the sweet and spicy sauce.
What are Chicken Tikka Meatballs?
A few weeks ago Amy and I went to dinner and had ground chicken meatballs in a tomato ginger sauce. They were delicious, but missing something. We decided they were missing SPICE!
When we got home we brainstormed how to make them better. Together we came up with these chicken tikka meatballs. This healthy Whole30 recipe is like the baby of baked chicken meatballs and traditional chicken tikka masala.
Once prepared, I quickly learned that my favorite part of this recipe is the sweet and spicy sauce. Be sure to serve this chicken meatball recipe with something that will soak up all that lovely sauce.
The obvious choice is some naan, but I also like to use cauliflower rice or zoodles!
What kitchen tools will I need to make these Chicken Tikka Meatballs?
Similar to my other recipes, you will only need a few simple kitchen tools in order to prepare this Whole30 chicken meatball recipe.
- Sharp knife for dicing the onion and mincing the garlic and ginger
- Mixing bowls to prepare the meatballs
- A 1.5 tbsp measuring scoop for measuring meatballs
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- A large nonstick frying pan or enameled cast-iron casserole dish
- Wooden mixing spoon
What ingredients will I need to make this healthy meal?
- Ground chicken
- Almond flour
- Avocado oil
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh ginger
- Garam Masala
- Chili powder
- Tomato paste
- Tomato sauce
- Full fat coconut milk
- Arrowroot starch
Let’s make a Whole30 dinner!
Step 1: Mix and Bake
Next, scoop out 15 even-sized meatballs onto the baking sheet. Then, roll the meatballs into tight balls and bake for 15 minutes.
Step 2: Chop and Sauté
Then prepare the sauce by dicing the onion and mincing the garlic and ginger. Next, add oil to a pan and heat over medium-low heat with the onions for 4 minutes. Then, add the spices, garlic, ginger, and tomato paste and continue to saute.
After a couple of minutes, pour in the tomato sauce and full fat coconut milk. Then, mix the sauce together with wooden mixing spoon. Finally, increase the heat to medium-high until the sauce bubbles.
Step 3: Simmer and Combine
Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes. Next, pour in the arrowroot starch and water slurry to thicken the sauce. Finally, roll the cooked meatballs in the sauce to coat and garnish with cilantro.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Can I make this ground chicken meatball recipe ahead of time and freeze it?
Yes. After cooking them, allow the chicken tikka meatballs and sauce to cool completely. Then, place them in an airtight container to freeze.
When you want to eat them, defrost this chicken tikka recipe completely in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop.
How long will this baked chicken meatball recipe last in the fridge?
Keep the chicken tikka meatballs and sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top.
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A Whole30 and paleo friendly twist on chicken tikka masala.
**NOTE this recipe makes a lot of sauce! We like extra for dipping, but if you are doubling the recipe I recommend just doubling the meatballs and not the sauce.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Combine all meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Using a 1.5 tbsp measuring scoop, scoop out meatballs onto the baking sheet and roll into tighter balls (about 15 meatballs)
- Bake meatballs for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven
- While the meatballs bake, dice the onion, and mince the garlic and ginger
- Heat avocoado oil in a large nonstick frying pan or an enameled cast iron casserole dish over medium-low heat
- Add the diced onion to the pan and saute until soft and fragrant about 4 minutes
- Add ginger, garlic and spices to the pan and saute for another minute
- Add tomato paste to the pan and saute for another minute
- Pour tomato sauce and coconut milk to the pan, mix thoroughly and increase the heat to medium-high until the sauce bubbles
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes
- Combine arrowroot starch and water mixture in a small bowl until fully combined
- While stirring the sauce, slowly pour in the water and arrowroot starch mixture
- Allow the sauce to simmer for another minute until the sauce thickens
- Turn off heat and add baked meatballs to the pan. Toss the meatballs so that they are fully covered in the sauce
- Serve the meatballs immediately with zoodles or cauliflower rice or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
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