Chicken-Apple Meatballs with Honey and Sage
- Prep Time 0:10
- Cook Time 0:14
- Estimated Cost $9
- 21 Comments
Inspired by the popularity of chicken-apple sausages on menus everywhere, these easy meatballs provide the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Serve them with toothpicks as a pre-Thanksgiving appetizer, or make a meal of them with roasted sweet potatoes and a green salad. Turkey or even pork can be subbed for the chicken and thyme or rosemary would be nice in place of the sage. They can also be flattened, pan-fried in olive oil and served as breakfast sausages!
- extra virgin olive oil for greasing baking sheet Pantry
- lb ground chicken $3.50
- 1 large or 2 small tart apple(s), peeled and diced finely $0.50
- 1/4 medium onion, diced finely (about 1/4 cup diced) $0.50 for a whole onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced Pantry
- 1 egg, lightly-beaten $1.50 for 12
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs $2 for 8 oz.
- 1 tbsp honey Pantry
- 6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped $1 for a bunch
- 3/4 tsp each salt and freshly-ground black pepper Pantry
Recipe Serves 4-6
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Using hands, form mixture into meatballs by rounded tablespoonful and arrange on the oiled baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until meatballs are lightly-browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
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Pocky, on Nov 17, 10:44 AM, wrote:
These look delicious! If I didn’t have to make snacks + dessert for an army-sized family Thanksgiving, then this would definitely be added to the menu.
karen morgan, on Nov 17, 10:47 AM, wrote:
I love the flavor combos you chose! Sounds delish.
Kristen / Batter Licker, on Nov 17, 11:59 AM, wrote:
After looking at this, I was thinking it’d be awesome to do a turkey leftover version of this – perhaps a shredded turkey + apple latke-ish sort of thing (could even hold it together with a little leftover mashed potatoes?). I’m not a huge turkey person to begin with, but that inspiration makes me want to actually accept the bag of leftover turkey my mom will inevitably offer up. Thanks!!
Laura, on Nov 21, 08:43 AM, wrote:
I just stumbled across your site and am very glad I did. Noms a plenty here!
I made these to eat with butternut squash soup for lunch at work this week. They’re tasty! I forgot to add the salt and pepper and I think that will make them even better. Also, I didn’t manage to get my onion very small and some of my bites are quite oniony-ew. Next time, for laziness sake, I might just use a little less onion (I’m not a huge onion fan, anyway).
For apples I used granny smith and for breadcumbs I used panko. Delicious!
My boyfriend is very interested in the flatten and use for breakfast sausages idea :)
Thanks for the awesome recipe! I can’t wait to try some more!
Sarah , on Mar 18, 12:28 PM, wrote:
Can’t wait to try this. Curious how many servings it is for? I’ve got two adults and 4 small children. Think that will be enough or should I double it?
Amy Hayes, on Mar 28, 05:53 AM, wrote:
These are great! I added 1 package Jimmy Dean sage sausage (I didn’t have any sage) and some marjoram…YUMMY!
Tim, on Oct 4, 11:59 AM, wrote:
LOVE THESE! Serving them as the chicken course at a Tapas party. Suggestions on how to “plate” them. Garnish? Sauce? Bed of something?
Jill, on Mar 7, 09:56 AM, wrote:
I’m going to switch chopped craisins for the apples. Maybe soaking them in cider first.
Michele, on Sep 26, 06:52 PM, wrote:
I made these tonight with a few tweaks. Added some mustard powder and used Bouquet Garni instead of sage. Also added a touch of cream. I made patties and baked them. They came out fantastic. We really enjoyed them and ate them with a side of mushroom quinoa. Thanks for the recipe!
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