Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs. A quick, low carb, and low-calorie weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to make. These Thai curry meatballs are also great as an appetizer! Take them to potlucks or have them as a no-fuss meal during the week.

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Chicken meatballs in a thai red curry sauceI can’t get enough of curry. In soupschicken, or with vegetables. There’s something very comforting about a nice, warm curry on a cold day.

These chicken meatballs are delicious on their own but the Thai Curry sauce makes them flavor-loaded and AMAZING. This curry is also low in calories and carbs. I used ground chicken which is a really light protein, and baked the meatballs instead of sauteing them in tons of oil. At just 8g net carbs per portion, the majority of the carbs come from the panko breadcrumbs, but you can switch them out for a low carb option (see below) to make them more keto-friendly. Want to make this meal even healthier? Add some veggies! Bok choy, green beans, or bell peppers would go great in this.

This recipe makes a total of 12 large meatballs. Serve them over rice with a veggie to make it a complete meal! On the other hand, they make one of the BEST appetizers. Just make them a little bit smaller and you’ll get about 16 meatballs total. Perfect for sharing!

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs in white bowl

Ingredients

The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

  • Chicken: I used ground chicken in this recipe however ground turkey could also work!
  • Garlic, ginger & cilantro: Add so much flavor and freshness to the meatballs.
  • Panko breadcrumbs & egg: Breadcrumbs and egg bind everything together, and help the meatballs hold their shape while cooking
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes bring out all of the flavors of these Thai Chicken Meatballs with a kick of heat!

Thai curry sauce

  • Thai red curry paste: This is essential for that classic Thai red curry flavor!
  • Coconut milk: Coconut milk adds creaminess and richness to this sauce.
  • Sriracha: I added just a teaspoon for a bit of heat but feel free to add more to taste.
  • Garlic, ginger & cilantro: Add so much flavor and freshness to the sauce.
  • Lime juice: Lime juice adds the perfect amount of acidity and brightness to the dish.

Chicken Meatballs on baking sheet

How to make Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

Thai Curry Chicken Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with oil.
  • In a large bowl add all of the meatball ingredients. Mix to combine, making sure not to over mix.
  • Next, portion out 12 large meatballs. (Tip: Working with slightly wet hands helps the meatballs from sticking to your hands.)
  • Place the chicken meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes or until caramelized on the outside and cooked through. Make sure to flip halfway through cooking.

Thai curry sauce

While the meatballs are cooking, make the red curry sauce!
  • Start by heating the oil in a small saucepan.
  • Secondly add the garlic and ginger, cook for 1 minute, and then add in curry paste and cook for an additional minute.
  • Whisk in coconut milk and continue whisking until thick. Take the pan off the heat because sometimes coconut milk can curdle in high heat.
  • Stir in the Sriracha, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and lime juice, and set the sauce aside until the meatballs have finished cooking.
  • When the chicken meatballs are ready, remove them from the oven and toss them in the Thai Red Curry Sauce. Garnish with extra cilantro if desired. Serve immediately.

Chicken Meatballs in a Thai Red Curry Sauce

Can I make these Thai meatballs gluten-free?

Absolutely! Simply substitute the panko breadcrumbs for gluten-free breadcrumbs or flax meal.

Are these Thai red curry meatballs low carb?

Yes, in fact, they are keto-friendly as well with just 8g net carbs per serving. If you want to make them even more low carb, substitute the breadcrumbs for almond flour, and serve over cauliflower rice or with your favorite vegetable.
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Can I use a different kind of meat?

Of course! You can easily substitute the ground chicken for ground turkey to make Thai Turkey Meatballs, or even ground pork would work.

What can I serve these coconut curry chicken meatballs with?

This chicken meatball curry is amazing on its own as a main dish or an appetizer, but I also like to serve it over a simple white rice. Here are a few other suggestions:

How do I store these chicken curry meatballs?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in a pot on the stove, or in the oven.

Can I freeze this Thai red curry meatball recipe?

Yes! This meatball curry recipe freezes really well. Just store it after it has completely cooled in an airtight ziplock bag and reheat in a pot on the stove or in the oven. Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Perfect for an easy meal prep!

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs in white bowl

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Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

4.8 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs A quick weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Ingredients

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

  • 16 ounces ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 whole egg
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped

Thai curry sauce

  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons concentrated red curry paste depending on how spicy you want the sauce to be
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

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Thai Curry Chicken Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with oil. In a large bowl add all of the meatball ingredients. Mix to combine. Make sure not to over mix.
  • Portion out 12 large meatballs. (Working with slightly wet hands helps the meatballs from sticking to your hands.)
  • Place meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes or until caramelized on the outside and cooked through. Make sure to flip half way through cooking.
  • Take out of the oven and toss the cooked meatballs in the Thai Red Curry Sauce. Garnish with extra cilantro if desired. Serve immediately.

Thai curry sauce

  • Heat oil in small saucepan. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in curry paste and cook for an additional minute.
  • Whisk in coconut milk and continue whisking until thick. Take off the heat. Stir in Sriracha, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and lime juice. Set aside until ready to toss with meatballs.

Recipe Notes

Note: If you are freezing the meatballs do not toss with sauce until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 319mg14%
Potassium 715mg20%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 687IU14%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: firecracker chicken meatballs, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Lime, Red Curry, Spicy Thai

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    • Hi Fran,

      You can use cashew milk, almond milk and some greek yogurt to thicken it up.

      Hope that helps!

      Kelley

    • Betty Bogda

      I was worried too, but it finally thicken for me. Keep whisking! Prob about 10 minutes.

  • Birgit

    I’ve made these a few times as appies for pot lucks. The last time I made them one of the guests sopped up the last few drops of the sauce with some bread. He couldn’t get enough of it. Today I made a double batch, half for our poker night and half for dinner tomorrow. I will serve it over rice. This is soon yummy a definite hit each time I make it

  • Birgit

    I’ve made these a few times as appies for pot lucks. The last time I made them one of the guests sopped up the last few drops of the sauce with some bread. He couldn’t get enough of it. Today I made a double batch, half for our poker night and half for dinner tomorrow. I will serve it over rice. This is soo yummy a definite hit each time I make it

    • Hi Birgit!

      I am so happy to hear everyone loved this!!!

      Thanks so much for sharing!

      Kelley

  • Zara H

    Thanks for the recipe! Made it the other night on a weeknight and my boyfriend and I really loved it. We couldn’t get the browned meatballs you had in your picture without finishing them in a pan after they came out of the oven, but they were very tender and flavorful! We did the sauce separately/sparingly and it was still very good.

    Great for weekday lunches! My boyfriend asked if I can make it again!

  • Tracey

    WOW! Made these for the first time tonight. I saw the recipe and just knew this would be delish. It surpassed expectations! The recipe uses a lot of items that you can just stock in your cabinet, and what makes it so easy is that you use the same ingredients between the meatballs and the sauce. These will definitely become a staple!

  • Golly, this recipe is all the way from 4 years ago!
    I had meatballs leftover in my freezer from a previous time. I wanted to use them up. Came across your recipe. Boy were those delicious! I will warn those who don’t do a lot of hot pepper beware! As for myself and family (albeit minus one person) adore heat…bring it on. I love that you used a few different iterations of peppers it subtly added more dimension. I will certainly make these again and again.

  • Sarah

    I have a question about coconut milk. Should it be unsweetened or sweetened coconut milk?
    I’m going to make these for date night.. ?

    • Hi Sarah!

      I use canned unsweetened coconut milk.

      Thanks & Enjoy!

      Kelley

    • Nathan

      Hi K,

      You can substitute regular with no problem. You can also use crackers pulsed in a food processor or blender.
      I hope you enjoy! Thanks for the comment!

      Nathan
      @ chefsavvy

  • Kat

    I have made this recipe a dozen times, as an app and also as main dish served with rice. Always a huge hit!!
    What’s your thought on using Shrimp instead of meatballs…..? ?

    • Nathan

      Hi Kat,

      The sauce is definitely versatile enough to use with all kinds of different proteins. I love it with chicken! Shrimp is a neutral enough flavor that it can almost go with any sauce, this one included! I would sear them for a couple mins per side and remove them from the pan while you make the sauce, then add the shrimp back in right before service so they don’t get overcooked and rubbery. I hope you enjoy experimenting! Have a great day!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

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