On a day like today, when spring has tricked me once again, curry meatballs are a much needed treat to warm me up. After a brief two days of warmer weather and sunshine, were back to a wintery mix and cold temperatures. I am definitely in need of some comfort food, and one that will brighten my mood, at that. These coconut curry meatballs are just the thing.
Paired with some rice, quinoa, or another grain and a side of simple greens, the meatballs truly shine in this dish. Coming together, they look a bit sloppier and less solid than standard meatballs, but that only makes the end result even more moist and tender. These meatballs will wow you, but the sauce will knock you off your feet. These are so delicious.
Coconut Curry Chicken Meaballs
Yield 2-3 servings
- 1 pound lean ground chicken
- 1/2 cup carrots, roughly chopped
- 1/4 sweet white onion
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce/coconut aminos if you prefer)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- (optional teaspoon of arrowroot powder, if needed)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place all of the meatball ingredients except the chicken in a food processor or blender and blend until all chopped.
- In a large bowl, stir the mixture into the chicken until completely combined.
- Shape into1 1/2" to 2" balls and place them on a non-stick or lined baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, drain any liquid in the pan, then turn and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- While they are baking, combine all of the sauce in a large saucepan over medium heat (try not to boil it).
- After simmering for about 10-15 minutes, when it start to thicken somewhat (if it isn't thickening, add the teaspoon of arrowroot powder), add the meatballs into the sauce pan and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve!
It should be noted that you can definitely substitute turkey for chicken, etc.
Recipe adapted from The Bewitchin Kitchen.