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Cashew Chicken Meatballs

This recipe was originally posted on April 17, 2013. Updated with new photos and content on April 26, 2017.

Cashew Chicken Meatballs are seasoned and nutty baked chicken meatballs served with a side of homemade sweet and sour sauce. A fun twist on classic chicken meatballs, this dinner recipe is full of Asian flavor!

You can make so many fun and yummy recipe variations for meatballs like these Baked Chicken Meatballs with Garlic Dill Yogurt Sauce and these Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs. Serve them as appetizers or a meal!

This Is One Of My Favorite Chicken Meatball Flavors

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.

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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.

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

Cashew Chicken Meatballs

Katerina | Diethood
Cashew Chicken Meatballs are seasoned and nutty chicken meatballs served with a side of homemade sweet and sour sauce. A fun twist on classic chicken meatballs, this dinner recipe is full of flavor!
5 from 2 votes
Servings : 18 Meatballs
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


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. 


Calories: 102 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 28 mg | Sodium: 49 mg | Potassium: 176 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 170 IU | Vitamin C: 1.7 mg | Calcium: 17 mg | Iron: 0.6 mg | Net Carbs: 6 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian meatballs, baked chicken meatballs, baked meatball recipe, chicken meatball recipe, homemade sweet and sour sauce, meatball recipe, sweet and sour sauce recipe
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32 comments on “Cashew Chicken Meatballs”

  1. I made these cashew meatballs tonight for dinner along with rice and broccoli and both my husband and I enjoyed it very much. The only change I made was use light cream cheese as that was what I had on hand. Thanks Katerina for a delicious dinner option.

    I have a request or suggestion ;-). I know salt and pepper are to the taste of each individual but I really very much appreciate it when there is an amount listed by the cook for both. Sometimes if I haven’t made a dish before, for example, I find it most helpful to see what the cook used as it’s a starting point vs. having to guess if not sure. Just a thought….

  2. 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

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    Maryanne | the little epicurean

    This looks wonderful! I never thought about adding cream cheese to meatballs. I bet it tastes amazing!

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    Jenny | Honey and Birch

    Cashew chicken is one of my favorite items to order from Chinese restaurants – I bet these meatballs are delicious!

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    YUM! This just looks and sounds incredible! I can imagine these would be a big hit in my home!

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