Meatball Poppers

meatball poppers

These meatball poppers are a fun appetizer.  They can be served with salsa or guacamole if you want to give the meatballs a Mexican twist or an Asian dipping sauce if you are in the mood for Chinese or Thai.


  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast
  • 2c grated zucchini (leave peel on)
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced
  • 3-4 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • olive oil, for cooking


  • Toss chicken with zucchini, green onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper
    (Mixture will be quite wet.)

To cook on the stovetop:

  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Use a small scoop or a heaped tablespoon to scoop meatballs into the pan.
  • Cook 8-10 at a time for about 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and the centers are cooked through.

To bake:

  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil onto a baking sheet.
  • Scoop meatballs onto the greased pan.
  • Drizzle a bit of additional oil over the meatballs.
  • Bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • If desired, place under the broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes or until browned on top.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, or your favorite dip.

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