Lemon Grass Thai Chicken Meatballs With Peanut Sauce

With a Jalapeno on top!

Hey loves!

Here is another dish that will keep you on your toes. It's Thai chicken meatballs, flavored with lemon grass and dressed in a homemade peanut sauce. I love this so much that I make it pretty often. This is savory and sweet and all kinds of umami!

I love how the flavors develop in this dish easily cause of the fish sauce. This is also quite a simple dish and doesn't really take that long to put together. I decided to fill out this dish with sauteed napa cabbage as seen in the picture above. You can also make this with rice noodles or plain rice if you prefer.

This dish has the Kid Seal of Approval, our friends' little girl tore these meatballs up! If you're cooking for little ones, omit the red chili flakes. Unless, of course, you have a young one who enjoys spicy things, then go for it!

So lets get started!

List of Ingredients:

Ground Chicken - 1 Pound
Fish Sauce - 2 Tbsp
Scallions - 3 Tbsp, finely chopped
Bread Crumbs - 1/4 Cup (I used panko)
Lemon Grass Essential Oil - 4 drops (we use Young Living brand) You can also substitute 1/4 cup of actual Lemongrass, chopped finely.
Jalapenos - 1 Tbsp, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 Tbsp, freshly grated
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely minced
Salt to taste

Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

Peanut Butter - 4 Tbsp. Organic, Smooth Peanut Butter
Fish Sauce - 1 Tablespoon
Maple Syrup - 2 Tablespoon
Water - 2 Tbsp. (less or more to thin or thicken the sauce.)
Red Chili Flakes - 1/3 Teaspoon
Olive oil - 1 Tablespoon
Crushed Peanuts - Optional

Ninja those veggies!

First off, get out your favorite knife, your favorite chopping board and favorite bowl. Or just any other bowl, but it has to be your favorite knife. Chop up the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, scallions and lemon grass if you use the actual veggie. Then, get your bowl and dump in the ground chicken, fish sauce, bread crumbs and veggies. Now it's time to get your hands dirty and massage that meat. Get all of the ingredients well incorporated and distributed throughout the mixture.

At about this time, you should go ahead and set your oven to preheat to 350 degrees. You've got a lot of meatballs to be rolling out, after all, so you've got time.

Cute little balls of meat!

Get out your rimmed baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Depending on the size of your meatballs, the total number will vary. For us, I made 14 and they were around the size of an avocado pit. Your best tool is your hands for this job, again, so get after it. Grab the meat and roll it around in your palms until they form the ball shape. It doesn't need to be perfect and exactly uniform throughout, but the closer each meatball is in size, the more consistently they will cook.I mean, look at mine in the pictures above and below. Not exactly perfect but still pretty close.

Almost done. Resist the urge to snack attack these things!

When you get your meatballs all rolled out, go ahead and place them about 1 inch apart on your baking sheet. Get them in the oven and let them cook for about 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs and the efficiency of your oven. Just keep an eye on them while they cook and use a meat thermometer, checking for the neighborhood of 165.

On a side note, if you're like my husband and I, and you don't have the best judgement on cooking times, get yourself a meat thermometer. You can get a decent one from any store that has cooking equipment for around $10. Some even have a temperature table for different sorts of meat on them so you don't have to memorize a bunch of temperatures unless you want to. We have loved having food that is cooked safely AND is juicy without guessing!

Anyhow, when you determine that your meatballs are done cooking, pull them out immediately.

*smacks hand* I said no snack attack!

While your meatballs are in the oven, get the peanut sauce done. It's very simple, just get a good bowl, it doesn't need to be your favorite this time, and a whisk. Put all of the sauce ingredients into the bowl and whisk it until it's good and mixed and just looks like loose peanut butter. Loose peanut butter with chili flakes. If you want it thicker, add more peanut butter, if you want it thinner, add water. When you're satisfied with the consistency, set the sauce aside and get your meatballs.

Now is ALMOST the fun part! Take whatever side item you came up with and put it in the bottom of the bowl. Over that, you put however many meatballs you want and drizzle the sauce over top. Garnish with some sliced jalapeno and green onion if you like and consider your dish complete! Go ahead and devour!

That's it for this recipe. I really hope you enjoy my twist a normally Italian classic. Please leave comments and share this recipe so everyone can get a taste!

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