Richly spiced tandoori chicken meatballs have all the flavor of Indian takeout in an easy-to-make meatball form. Enjoy them on their own as an appetizer or over rice for a simple weeknight dinner.
The timing for this month’s edition of Progressive Eats couldn’t be more perfect. We’re sharing a menu for a ski weekend party, and as I’m writing this, the first snowflakes of this winter’s first big snowstorm are starting to fall. Warm and cozy food and drinks are definitely on order for tomorrow! (The ski weekend theme was also a great excuse to pull out my favorite moose bowls!)
I’ve had tandoori chicken meatballs on my “to-make” list for months and I’m so glad that I finally decided to make them happen. They’re really easy to make – they’re baked, so you don’t even need to deal with frying them – and they’re really good. I seasoned the meatballs as well as the yogurt sauce that they’re coated with, so there’s tons of flavor in each bite.
Like traditional tandoori chicken, which is marinated in a highly seasoned yogurt-based sauce and baked in a hot oven, these meatballs have just a thin coat of sauce on them – they aren’t “saucy” at all. I think they’re perfect as they are, but you could make a double batch of yogurt and save half to use for dipping.
These tandoori meatballs are delicious as an appetizer or as part of a buffet spread (think of them as an alternative to Swedish meatballs) but they also make a delicious dinner served with basmati rice and peas.
Tandoori Chicken Meatballs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground chicken breast
- 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the yogurt sauce
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- /4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- lemon wedges, for serving
- Heat oven to 350F. Spread the oil onto the center of a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, bread crumbs, egg, cilantro, lemon juice, and spices. Mix gently to combine. Form into 12 balls (a medium cookie scoop is perfect for this.) Arrange the meatballs on the baking sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes. Turn the meatballs over and bake another 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and remaining spices. Coat the cooked meatballs in yogurt sauce and return to the baking sheet. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges.
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Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. This month’s theme is Weekend Ski Party and is hosted by Susan Pridmore who blogs at The Wimpy Vegetarian. Don’t consider yourself snowed in…consider it a party!
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