This recipe was originally posted on April 17, 2013. Updated with new photos and content on April 26, 2017.
Cashew Chicken Meatballs – Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.
Here, in this little corner of mine, you and I always discuss yummy things. Today, just like any other day, we’re going to discusssss… that’s right… yummy things.
Things like Cashew Chicken Meatballs.
I was typing a post – the one about my Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn – at the same time, I was also munching on cashews. I mean, I can’t just type and not snack on something. That has never happened.
And, as I was chomping away, I was reminded of cashew chicken.
One thing lead to another and, well, as you can see, I made us these outrageous cashew chicken meatballs with homemade Sweet & Sour Sauce. Which is also just as outrageously awesome as the meatballs. SO GOOD! Finger lickin’ good. Like, smack your lips good. You get it.
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Cashew Chicken Meatballs
Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.
For the Meatballs
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 lb ground chicken
- ½ cup plain panko crumbs
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- 1 small onion , finely diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup chopped cashews
- Zest of one small orange
- ½ cup cream cheese , room temperature
For the Sauce
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup water
Preheat oven to 400F.
- Place the flour in a shallow dish and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine ground chicken, panko crumbs, salt, pepper, onion, basil, parsley, cashews, orange, and cream cheese.
- Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
Heat the vegetable oil.
Roll meat into 1 inch meatballs, place in flour, turn to lightly coat on all sides, and add into hot oil.
Cook and turn for 2 minutes, or just until a little browned on all sides.
Transfer meatballs and hot oil to a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Bake for 18 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
Prepare the sweet and sour sauce by combining all ingredients in a skillet.
Bring to a boil; whisk frequently and continue to cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until sauce is reduced by 1/2.
Remove meatballs from oven.
Pour prepared sauce over meatballs.
Serve as is for a delicious starter or appetizer, OR serve over rice for a full meal.