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These Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Will Be a Fan Favorite

published Jun 26, 2018
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If you’re looking for a way to spice up the dinner rotation this week, we’ve got you covered with these sweet-yet-spicy firecracker chicken meatballs from Little Spice Jar. And if you have no idea what firecracker sauce is, you’re in good company — I had no idea until Associate Food Editor Kelli developed a recipe for these mouthwatering firecracker chicken thighs. Now I see the light!

The base is simple: ground chicken breast, but you are welcome to use turkey or beef instead. To bind the meatballs together, combine the ground chicken with two eggs, panko breadcrumbs, paprika, onion powder, and garlic. Then you just place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake until they’re cooked through, about 12 minutes.

Now for the mystical firecracker sauce. All you do is combine a little hot sauce (preferably Franks), brown sugar, red pepper flakes, apple cider vinegar, and salt. The end result is a tangy, spicy, and sweet coating with enough left over to dunk if you so choose. Once the meatballs are cooked, you can brush on the sauce individually, or dunk them all in at once, and bake for another two minutes to really lock in the flavor.

No judgment if you plan on piling a bunch of these in a bowl and calling it dinner. You can also serve them with toothpicks for a big crowd or throw a few meatballs on a loaf of Italian bread to make firecracker Parm sandwiches!

→ Get the Recipe: Firecracker Chicken Meatballs from Little Spice Jar

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