Chicken Meatballs in Hoisin Sauce - delicious juicy chicken meatballs with mushrooms in a rich flavour packed Hoisin Sauce.
This is definitely a dish for the whole family, kids will love these meatballs and the adults too. The meatballs are packed with flavour and lovely and tender and the amazing sauce with flavours from Hoisin finish the dish perfectly.
So easy to make and delicious finished off with some sliced spring onions and a pinch of sesame seeds.
Best Ground Meat for Meatballs
Any mince will work fine for these yummy tender meatballs. But for best results I recommend chicken, turkey or pork. Beef will work okay, but we find it a little rich for the sauce, so prefer to use one of the others.
I also don't recommend going any leaner than 5% fat, otherwise the meatballs can be a little dry.
Mushrooms in Meatballs
Why use mushrooms in the meatballs? They add great umami flavour when combined with all the other ingredients plus they help keep the meatballs from being too dry, especially as we are using a ground meat with a lower fat content.
If you don't like mushrooms however, you can substitute with a little grated zucchini (squeeze out excess liquid) or add in about ¼ cup of breadcrumbs and an egg. I don't recommend added an egg if not adding the breadcrumbs, as it can make the sauce a bit weird, as it will leak out of the meatballs if there is nothing to absorb it.
Hoisin Sauce for Recipes
The sauce used on these meatballs will work well with any protein of choice, it's really simple and packed with flavour. I add a few additional ingredients to make it go that bit further.
For the sauce I use:
- 3 tablespoons of hoisin,
- 3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste,
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- 180ml passata
- 180ml of water
- 1 tablespoon of of cornstarch
Sides for Meatballs
We like to serve these with some jasmine rice and stir fried veggies like shredded broccoli stalks, carrot, cabbage and slice baby king oyster mushrooms. But these will go with any vegetables you like.
Some other great sides are:
Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice (for a lower carb option)
or if you are potato person there is no reason why you can't enjoy these with
More Meatballs Recipes
Love meatballs? Check out these other recipes:
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Meatball Pasta (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)
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- Lamb Meatballs with Mint Gravy
- Moussaka Meatballs
- Mega Stuffed Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
- Chicken and Mango Meatballs with a Spicy Mango Sauce
- Firecracker Chicken Meatballs (Instant Pot and Stove Top)
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For the meatballs:
- 500g extra lean ground chicken (mince) - 5% fat
- 125g of mushrooms
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ tsp of ginger root
- pinch of salt and pepper
For the sauce:
- 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce (use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoon of tomato paste (puree)
- 180ml (¾ cup) of water
- 180ml (¾ cup) of passata
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour)
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- 3 spring onions (green onions), sliced
- pinch of black and toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 200c, 180c fan or 400f (gas mark 6)
- Add the mushrooms, garlic and ginger to a mini food processor and pulse until really fine.
- Add this to a bowl with the chicken mince and a pinch of salt and black pepper and combine all together.
- Form into 16 equal sized meatballs
- Place meatballs on a baking tray lined with parchment, spray over top with cooking oil spray and bake for approx 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.
- Whisk together the sauce ingredients
- Add to a frying pan and drop in the meatballs.
- Let sauce bubble until sauce reduces down and thickens and meatballs are cooked through. (approx 10-15 minutes)
- Serve topped with sliced spring onion and a pinch of black and toasted sesame seeds.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 237Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 23mgSodium 895mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 26g
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