Looking for a recipe to add to your meal plan? Try this mouthwatering Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry recipe that's sure to satisfy your cravings for a flavorful and comforting meal. Made with lean ground turkey, Thai spices, and a coconut curry sauce, these turkey meatballs are a delicious twist on a classic dish.
Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry: A Flavorful Delight
Indulge in the flavors of Thailand with this tantalizing Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry. The succulent turkey meatballs paired with a flavorful yet lighter coconut-based spicy curry sauce create a delightful fusion of textures and tastes that will undoubtedly leave you yearning for another bite. At Slimming Eats, we share a passion for Thai food and curries, and our collection of Thai-inspired Recipes is sure to satisfy your cravings.
- Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry: A Flavorful Delight
- Calories in Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry
- Ingredients for Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry
- Can I cook the meatballs in an Air Fryer?
- Sides and Toppings for Thai Curry
- More Meatballs Recipes
- Slimming Eats Made in the Air Fryer Cookbook
- Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry
Calories in Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry
This delicious Thai Red Turkey Meatballs Curry serves 4 and is 326 calories per serving, which is perfect for a family friendly meal when paired with some additional sides.
There are lots more recipes around this calorie value in my 300-400 calories recipe section.
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Ingredients for Thai Red Turkey Meatball Curry
To prepare this mouthwatering dish, you will need the following ingredients (included are some notes on each ingredient that may be useful).
For the Turkey Meatballs:
- 5% fat ground turkey (mince) - I recommend not using any leaner than this otherwise the meatballs can be dry. You can also swap this for any mince you like.
- Tomato Paste - this comes in a small can or tube
- Garlic, crushed - this is fresh garlic, but you can use jarred or lazy garlic if you prefer
- Onion powder
- Fresh cilantro - if you are not a fan of cilantro (coriander) swap this for chopped spring onions
- Baking Soda - may seem like an odd ingredient, but it helps lock in the moisture and keeps the meatballs tender.
- Red Chilli Flakes - adds some additional heat, but you can omit if you prefer
- Salt and black pepper
- low calorie spray - this helps to make the meatballs perfectly round by spraying your hands before forming.
For the Curry Sauce:
- Thai red curry paste - a Thai brand is recommended, supermarkets brands can lack flavour and can be quite mild in heat.
- Coconut milk - I use aroy-d lite, but any light coconut milk is fine.
- Chicken stock - When using stock in recipes, it's important to note that the required quantity may vary depending on the brand you use. Different brands may require different amounts to achieve a specific measure of stock. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging or adjust accordingly to maintain the desired flavor and consistency in your dishes.
- Fish sauce - this is a must for any Thai Curry, despite it's name it will not give an overpowering taste of fish.
- Granulated sweetener - I always use erythritol, but you can use your own preferred brand or swap for honey, maple syrup or brown sugar (just be away this will add additional calories)
- Lemongrass paste - this comes in a tube, you can omit if you can get this and just add a little additional lime juice.
- Lime juice - adds a punch of flavour
- Vegetables - I used carrot, courgette (zucchini) and red bell pepper) but you can swap for any vegetables you like.
- Cornstarch - this helps to thicken the sauce slightly, as lite coconut milk has a higher water ratio so is not as thick as regular.
For a detailed list of quantities, refer to the recipe card below.
Can I cook the meatballs in an Air Fryer?
Don't want to have to turn on your oven to cook the meatballs? These yummy turkey meatballs can be cooked in a air fryer while you prep the sauce.
Just preheat your air fryer to 190c/375f for 3 minutes, then line the air fryer basket with a sheet of parchment paper or you can use the grill pan insert. Grease hands with low calorie spray as per recipe and form into meatballs, then add the meatballs to the preheated air fryer (make sure you space them apart) and cook for approx 8 minutes, rotating half way until form and golden. Then you can set aside until ready to add to the sauce.
Sides and Toppings for Thai Curry
For any type of Thai Curry, it just has to be served with white jasmine rice, there is just something about that delicious sticky rice that pairs well with the curry sauce.
However if you are wanting to keep the calories lower or keep the carbs down, this Roasted Cauliflower Rice is a great alternative.
As well as the rice, I love to top my curry with some slices of fresh red chili, fresh coriander (I know not everyone loves it) and some crushed peanuts - yum!!
More Meatballs Recipes
Looking for some other delicious meatballs recipes? Check out these:
- Chicken Meatballs in Hoisin Sauce
- Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Meatball Pasta (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)
- Southwestern Turkey Meatballs
- Lamb Meatballs with Mint Gravy
- 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 of 5% fat ground turkey (mince)
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- big handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- pinch of red chilli flakes
- ¾ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
For the curry:
- 1 small carrot, sliced into batons
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium courgette (zucchini), halved lengthwise and sliced
- 2-3 tablespoons of Thai Red Curry Paste *see note
- 1 tablespoon of lemongrass paste
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon of granulated sweetener (or can use maple syrup or honey)
- 400ml can of light coconut milk
- 180ml of chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- low calorie spray
- Mix the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl until well combined and then grease hands with low calorie spray and form into 16 equal sized meatballs.
- Preheat oven to fan 180c, 200c/400f or gas mark 6
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper, add the meatballs (well spaced apart), spray over the top with low calorie spray, and cook for approx 12 minutes until they are golden and firm. Set aside.
- Heat a deep large frying pan over a medium high heat and spray with low calorie spray, add the curry paste and cook stirring for about 30 seconds, then stir in the fish sauce, lemongrass, granulated sweetener, coconut milk and stock and whisk until all combined. Mix the cornstarch a little water to make a slurry and stir this into the sauce.
- Add in the vegetables and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
- Add in the meatballs and continue to bubble for approx 3-5 minutes ensuring the meatballs are fully cooked and heated through.
- Garnish with fresh coriander and enjoy!
- Optional: serve with some sliced red chili for additional heat, crushed peanuts and lime wedges
Please see below for details about recipe:
- Calories - scroll down to nutritional info box
- WW Points and other Slimming or Weight Loss programs: due to plans regularly changing and updating, we recommend calculating with the official tools you get as a member to those plans to ensure accuracy of values
- Gluten Free Friendly - use gluten free stock, fish sauce and curry paste
- Dairy Free Friendly
- Side suggestions: Delicious served with rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb alternative.
- Suitable for Freezing ❄️
- Tip: For the best tasting curry, I recommend using an authentic Thai Brand of curry paste
Cooking the meatballs in an Air Fryer - preheat air fryer to 190c/375f for 3 minutes, line the air fryer basket with parchment paper or use the grill pan insert, add the meatballs (ensure they are well spaced out), spray over the top with low calorie spray and air fryer for 8-10 minutes, set aside until curry is ready to add them in.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 326Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 134mgSodium 996mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 29g
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