Whether you need a quick appetizer for a crowd or a mess-free kid-friendly dinner, these Cheddar Chicken Meatballs are the perfect choice. I love that I can mix everything into one bowl and pop a baking tray full of these little guys in the oven. I’ll often cook meatballs in the skillet and finish them in the oven, but when I want a mess-free prep, I use the oven start to finish. For 1.5″ meatballs, they’ll only take 20-25 minutes at 400. I’ve used both turkey (93% lean) and chicken (98% lean) for these, and I honestly don’t have a preference. My husband likes the taste of chicken over turkey, so I just gravitate toward buying chicken for that reason.
Honey Mustard Cheddar Chicken Meatballs (Gluten-Free, Egg-Free)
The honey mustard makes such a bright beautiful dish, and it’s SIMPLE! It’s really just equal parts yellow mustard and honey. Most add paprika for color and a little mayo, but I like to add just a pinch of chili powder for color and flavor and leave out the mayonnaise. The sauce marinates the chicken while it bakes, and then I add a little more to the tops when they comes out; just make sure to divvy up the sauce before coating the raw chicken so you don’t contaminate.
These bake for about 20 minutes depending on the size of your meatballs. For 1.5″, 20 minutes is about perfect! If you meal prep for the week, these are a must, and they’re so versatile. I’ve done them with BBQ, buffalo, and an Asian sauce and just mix up the sides depending!
- 1 pound ground chicken, 93% or 98% lean or ground turkey
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 4 tablespoons organic honey
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon chili powder or paprika
Honey Mustard Dressing:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients for the chicken meatballs in a large mixing bowl.
Mix all of the ingredients for the honey mustard in a separate bowl.
Reserve half of the dressing.
Roll the chicken mixture into 1-1.5″ balls. Place on a lined or non-stick baking sheet sprayed with a little cooking oil.
Top each meatball with some of the honey mustard dressing.
Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Take out of the oven and top with more of the dressing. Ready to eat!
Oats are high in soluble fiber, the antioxidant avenanthramides, and carbs. Soluble fiber aids in digestion and gut health, avenanthramides help increase the production of nitric oxide, and carbs provide the body with energy.
- per serving
- 13 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 4 grams
- 581 milligrams
- 22 grams
- 1 grams
- 17 grams
- 88 milligrams