Apple Jalapeno Ginger Chicken Meatballs

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Chicken, Jalapeno, Meatballs
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 51 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Sarah
These apple jalapeno ginger chicken meatballs are delicious and juicy. If you’re looking for a nice healthy fall recipe for a weeknight meal or even for a weekend get together or potluck, these meatballs won’t disappoint.


  • ½ Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Envelope Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 Slices Fresh White Bread Cubed
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Pound Ground Chicken
  • ½ Granny Smith Apple Peeling and Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger Grated
  • ½ A Medium Jalapeno Seeded and Minced
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Sage
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ Cup Breadcrumbs I used Italian seasoning


  1. Start by adding the gelatin to the chicken stock in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Microwave for 1 minute until the gelatin has dissolved. Then add the mixture to a shallow dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. Take the bread and cut the crust off and cut into small cubes. Add the bread and milk to a medium bowl (See note). Let it sit for about 5 minutes to allow the bread to soak up all the milk. After the 5 minutes are up take a fork and smash the mixture to ensure the bread is completely soaked.
  3. Grate the ginger and put it in the bowl with the bread.
  4. Cut the jalapeno in half and remove the seeds and rib then mince it and add it to the same bowl (See note).
  5. Peel the apple and dice it kind of small since this is going into a meatball you don’t want huge pieces of apple sticking out.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients to the medium bowl. Sage, salt, pepper, egg, bread crumbs.
  7. Take the stock out of the fridge and remove it from the dish. (See note) Take half of it and finely mince it. Then add it to the bowl with the other ingredients.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Mix all ingredients just until combined. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and form it into a ball. (See note) Place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Then turn the broil on and broil for 4 minutes. The cooking time may vary based on how close the rack is to the broiler. Make sure to rotate the baking sheet to allow even browning. Let it them cool for 2 minutes and enjoy!

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