Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Whole30 Chicken Meatballs with Spicy ‘Peanut’ Sauce

10 WWPP Posted by 2 years ago 7 Comments

I love using what I have to whip up something tasty, and being on Whole30 this month is really forcing me to push the envelope.

With all the college bowl games on New Year’s weekend I wanted to make something fun, so I used an old favorite as inspiration: The Hot Wing.

I was stumped at first because I always add honey or some other sweetener to my sauce but this ended up great. And the almond butter really helped to make an indulgent texture that stuck to the meatballs.

Chicken Meatballs with Spicy "Peanut" SauceEven The Husband approved!

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 lb ground chicken breast (ground turkey would work, too!)
  • 2/3 cup ground flax
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine the chicken and flax with your hands. It will be very sticky. I always find ground chicken annoyingly sticky but it was on sales so I went with it.

In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Form the chicken mixture into small balls (around 15) and add them to the skillet.

Turn the meatballs to seal on 2-3 sides as they brown. (I wish I took a pic of this but my hands were just too messy! )

Once the meatballs are set, lower the temperature to medium-low and cover so they begin to cook through.

While the meatballs are cooking, whisk together the almond butter, vinegar, sesame oil, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes. It will be on the thick side. A splash or two of water is fine to add to loosen it up.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs and roll around to coat. You can continue to cook for a minute or two but the sauce will thicken even more.

Pour the meatballs into a bowl and top with additional red pepper flakes to taste.

Whole30 Chicken Meatballs with Spicy "Peanut" Sauce

I had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl. I really enjoyed these!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
3 ~5 meatballs
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
400 23g 14g old: 9 new: 10
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
1g 5g 21g 32g

See other recipes using: almond butter, chicken, flax seeds

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    January 6, 2016

    Just used my new SmartPoints calculator for the new new WW and it's 11 points for anyone who may be curious. :) It's based on calories, sugar, saturated fat, and protein, instead of fat, carbs, fiber, and protein.


      January 8, 2016

      Thanks. I'm not sure I'll be updating the site with the new points but I will give all the nutritional values.

    Sarah K

    January 6, 2016

    Flax is an interesting addition to meatballs - I'm guessing it serves as the binder instead of breadcrumbs?


      January 8, 2016

      Yes and moisture because ground chicken is notoriously dry.


    January 6, 2016

    These chicken meatballs sound very good. I'm not a peanut sauce fan, but using the almond butter sounds like it'd be a good alternative. Did you have these by themselves or did you add a vegetable and/or a carb.? I'm thinking of using this as a lunch/dinner alternative so I'd have to add more bulk to the meal. I enjoy your recipes and your blog. Happy New Year.


      January 8, 2016

      I ate them alone as a football snack but you could totally add some veggies on the side or even top a bed of lettuce or spinach with them!


    January 23, 2016

    I really enjoyed this sauce and made a second batch of sauce to use on zoodles. I also crushed almonds and put them over the zoodles. I may have cooked my meatballs to long because once I got to the middle where there was no sauce it was too bland and dry. I think ill try again with some more spice inside the meatball mixture any ideas?