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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.

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.

Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

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.

Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

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.

Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

ENJOY!

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Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.
Cashew Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Cashew Chicken Meatballs - Seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 18 Meatballs
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Place the flour in a shallow dish and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine ground chicken, panko crumbs, salt, pepper, onion, basil, parsley, cashews, orange, and cream cheese.

  4. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil.

  6. Roll meat into 1 inch meatballs, place in flour, turn to lightly coat on all sides, and add into hot oil.

  7. Cook and turn for 2 minutes, or just until a little browned on all sides.

  8. Transfer meatballs and hot oil to a 9 x 13 baking dish.

  9. Bake for 18 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

  10. Prepare the sweet and sour sauce by combining all ingredients in a skillet.

  11. 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. 

  12. Remove meatballs from oven.

  13. Pour prepared sauce over meatballs.

  14. Serve as is for a delicious starter or appetizer, OR serve over rice for a full meal. 

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 4

Nutrition Facts
Cashew Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Potassium 176mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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35 Responses
  1. Sam

    THESe were pretty good but I wasn’t sure how much salt to add and ended up under-salting. I did forget to make the sauce because I got distracted cleaning up the kitchen. I would like to add soy sauce next time! Loved the basil flavor of these

  2. Nancy R

    These sound divine Kate! Yet another thing to add on my to do list. Looks like I will be busy this weekend. Cannot wait! 🙂

  3. Oh, my! These look fantastic. I will pop over to Meagan’s blog to check out the recipe…but first, I must hunt down your popcorn…mmmmmm….

  4. Loooove cashews…and, cashew buttah! (Visit my blog for some especially tasty recipes using cashew butter, Kate. I’ll get you hooked in no time.) And, I adore Cashew Chicken. Now, in meatball form, with your recipe for Cashew Chicken Meatballs? NOM! Why didn’t I think of that? Well, that’s why I love Diethood. I never know what genius recipe you devise next! Cocktail parties shall never be the same, girlfriend. 😉 xo

  5. Incorporating the cashews into the meatballs is a great way of enjoying both the chicken and the cashews in one bite … I’ll have to check out your sweet and sour sauce as well.

  6. Kate: As soon as I opened my email and read the title, I got all excited. I love cashew nuts…And combined with chicken in a meatball is even better. Did you know that cashews (the fruit and its nut) is native from Brazil? The nut is attached to the fruit and use both in several dishes in Brazil.

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