Chicken Meatballs with Chipotle-Honey Sauce


Yesterday a representative from Sam’s Club contacted me.  They are sending me a $250 gift card (Contest is Now Closed) to give to one of my readers for their best Super Bowl recipe.  Yahoo, that’s you!

Here’s the deal…I thought of different ways we could do this and I think the best way would be…

Between now and Monday, January 26, 2009, midnight (Pacific Time)… please send me your favorite-crowd-pleasing, Super Bowl recipe. 

I will peruse and drool over all the submissions sent.  Although it will be very hard, I will choose three finalists by Wednesday, January 28, 2009 and post your names (however you want me too) and the name of your recipe here.

I will then make those three recipes and post final photos of them here along with the winner on Friday, January 30th.

Recipes will be judged by me based on taste, originality and ease of preparation.  Since this is for the Super Bowl, the recipe should be easy to prepare and easy to serve a crowd, void of difficult to find ingredients.  Basically, yummy and easy to eat food.

So send me a written copy of your recipe to cathy@noblepig.com.  Please do not send a picture or a link, just written text I can print is sufficient.  The recipe must also be original, created by you (i.e. not from the pages of Gourmet).  Please include your name, email address, blog name and url (if you have one) and location (i.e. Texas) along with your recipe.

You do not need a blog to participate.  Everyone is welcome.  So what are you waiting for?  Send. Them. Over. And win $250 Sam’s Club smackaroos.  Don’t have a membership?  Use this gift card to pay for it and spend the rest on all kinds of good stuff!  Here is a link from Sam’s Club with party planning tips for the Super Bowl, check them out.

Now for an awesome Super Bowl crowd pleaser you must include these Chicken Meatballs with Chipotle-Honey Sauce in your line-up of food.  They are saucy and sassy all rolled into one ball of meat. 

The sweetness of the honey tames the spicy chipotle making this the perfect match for varying taste buds.  Using chicken also gives you a break on calories.  But don’t worry, you won’t get many anyway…they will disappear!

Let’s make these, it’s almost game time…


Here’s what you will need for the meatballs:  Ground chicken, eggs, plain bread crumbs, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, salt and vegetable oil.


Combine 2 pounds ground chicken, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs, 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, 4 cloves crushed garlic, 1 Tablespoon adobo sauce and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.  Mix well. 


Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and form chicken mixture into 48 meatballs.  Place the meatballs on the baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

While the meatballs are chilling, make the sauce.


Here’s what you will need:  Honey, Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (leftover from the meatballs) chicken broth, tomato paste, fresh lime juice, Dijon mustard and salt.


In a food processor or blender combine 3/4 cup honey, 2 to 3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/3 cup tomato paste, 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Process until smooth.  Set aside.


Remove meatballs from the refrigerator and lightly brush with vegetable oil.  Bake both trays in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.


Remove the trays from the oven and place meatballs in a baking dish.  Add Chipotle-Honey Sauce and brush the meatballs until they are coated.

Bake another 12-15 minutes until meatballs are heated through and glazed with sauce. 


Serve them with tacky-frilly toothpicks for the ultimate presentation.


You won’t be able to have just one.

Chicken Meatballs with Chipotle-Honey Sauce
Adapted from Best Recipes

2 pounds ground chicken
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can (4 ounce) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Chipotle-Honey Sauce

3/4 cup honey
2 to 3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine ground chicken, eggs, bread crumbs, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, adobo sauce and salt in a medium bowl.  Mix well. 

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and form chicken mixture into 48 meatballs.  Place the meatballs on the baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

While the meatballs are chilling, make the sauce.

In a food processor or blender combine honey, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chicken broth, tomato paste, lime juice, Dijon mustard and salt.  Process until smooth.  Set aside.

Remove meatballs from the refrigerator and lightly brush with vegetable oil.  Bake both trays in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.

Remove the trays from the oven and place meatballs in a baking dish.  Add Chipotle-Honey Sauce and brush the meatballs until they are coated.

Bake another 12-15 minutes until meatballs are heated through and glazed with sauce. 

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92 Comments

  1. deeba 1

    Ooooh nobility, thy are a sweetheart! Does it work even if I don’t live in the US. My sis is always sending me my stuff from Sam’s club including those yummy Ghirardeli choc chips!

  2. deeba 2

    Cathy you just ROCK!!! Now you got me thinking…

  3. They look soooooo mouth-watering! THey chipotle honey sauce sounds amazing!

  4. Jamie 4

    These look absolutely outrageous! I have to have these! Beautiful! Talk about drooling over a food photo! But what if I can’t find the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce? Help!

  5. That is so cool! Now, I am going to be thinking about all my favorite recipes for the next several days!!!

    I just love those meatballs and will be adding them to my party list…I can actually eat some of these!

    Love you so much!

    Marlene

  6. Ok that lone meatball on its own teeny tiny plate is the cutest! Love the flavors in this recipe!

  7. EAT! 7

    OOOOH that meatball is just waiting to be eaten. But can you eat just one?

  8. kayola 8

    Shuuuuuuut UP!!! That is awesome…who wouldn’t want to try for $250.00? I will find a recipe and give it my best shot….and hopefully score a touchdown…SERIOUSLY! You are so coooooooool for Sam’s Club to even approach you with this idea…awesome!

  9. MArcy 9

    Oh those look yummy. There isn’t alot of ground chicken around the stores here, so I’m wondering can you substiture ground turkey or pork? let me know and I will be mailing you a recipe for the onctest! have a great day Cathy!

  10. Barbie with a T 10

    What a fun thing to do! Thanks for thinking of your readers once again. And those chicken meatballs look divine! Anything with cilantro just tickles my tastebuds anyway. I am looking forward to those finalists recipes and your photos!

  11. I could eat those puppies right now. For breakfast.

  12. Sounds like a plan!

    OMG those meatballs–must have them soon!

  13. Those meatballs look so good. Definitely a great game time food!

  14. My recipe will be on it’s way as soon as I can type it up!

  15. Laurie 15

    What a great contest, Cathy! I’ve got to get experimenting to see if I can come up with something that looks half as good as your meatballs.

    Your fence story is quite compelling. I would be annoyed too, but that sunset was simply gorgeous.

  16. Laura 16

    Great idea oh great and noble pig.
    Too bad I have no great recipes to share…but I will be on the lookout for your picks!!! Can’t wait.

  17. Mary 17

    That chipotle sauce sounds other worldly and its color is magnificant. One a scale of 1 to 10 these are a definite wow.

  18. This project and contest sounds fantastic Cathy – and how you got them to do this for you, is something to point out – it is really amazing – it goes to show you, your hard work on this very blog is seriously giving you bonus brownie points, credit, kudos, public acknowledgment, increased readership, and so much more – I will not only send you one of my recipes, I will tell me friends about your new contest – thank you!

  19. tipper 19

    Wow you are on fire today-a great recipe and 250 bucks!

  20. Alisa 20

    Oooh! Good luck everyone, I can’t wait to see the winning recipes.

  21. I love the chipotle-honey sauce on those meatballs! Delicious!

    For the superball recipes, are you mostly looking for appetizers/snacks that can be passed around?

  22. Liz C. 22

    We’re going to a Super Bowl party and I’m taking these! No one ever brings anything like this, so it should be a huge hit.

    I’ll send you my recipe for the contest.

  23. ELRA 23

    Cathy, this look so delicious. I always like the robust taste of the cipotle, and such a superb idea using ground chicken instead of ground beef.

    I am afraid I can not promise you that I’ll participate this time. I might, but I don’t want to promise. We’ll see, K?

  24. Gwen 24

    Mmm! Those sound delicious! I’ve been looking for some more spicy recipes. I may have to wait for a party to serve these, my young kids aren’t this adventurous.

  25. This is a winner as this is a wonderful change from the traditional and sometime boring “meatball” I have really started to use chipotle in a number of dishes and am now totally hooked!!

    What a great contest “Game On” recipe coming your way

  26. Deborah 26

    I really want to make these for the superbowl, but seeing that I am due on Sunday, and hopefully this baby will come before then – I don’t think I’ll be in the kitchen! But they do look delicious, and I can always find a good reason to make a good meatball!

  27. I’ll pass on the gift card. (What’s a Sam’s Club? We don’t have one of those around here . . . uh . . . we have Kmart. Period! UGH!) But I will scarf up this recipe. (It looks like a million bucks!) Rachel is a whiz in the kitchen and meatballs are a particular delight of hers. : D

  28. Hi There!
    This is my first time coming across your site, and since I was greeted by a picture of meatballs, I will definitely be back.
    Are Canadians eligible for this contest?

  29. sarah 29

    I am allergic to cilantro. It tastes like soapy dish water to me–very unpleasant.

    Would any other herbs work well to substitute?

    This recipe looks amazing!

  30. ok …. here you go adding more to my plate – haha.

    Guess I’ll need to go through my recipes and figure out one that is ALL mine to enter.

  31. Chicken, honey, chipotle, tacky toothpicks!!!! Touchdown!

  32. Lisa 32

    Recipe sent to your email. Thanks for doing this Cathy!

  33. Cathy 33

    I would just use flat-leaf parsley.

  34. Cathy 35

    Yes, food that is easily eaten when sitting around a coffee table or standing up in the kitchen.  Definitely not sit down entrée type dishes.

  35. Bob 36

    I don’t really do the Super Bowl, but it will be fun to see whats what. Those meatballs look wicked good! :)

  36. Marjie 37

    Well, I just love appetizer sorts of food. Easy to make is the best stuff of all, isn’t it? And of course, what fun is finger food without those ticky tacky toothpicks?

  37. Lo! 38

    Fun stuff, Cathy… Can’t wait to see all the creative submissions!

  38. dawn 39

    Wow, how amazing that they contacted you! I am sending you my recipe and can I enter more than one? Thanks for doing this!

  39. Cathy 41

    Yes, substituting the meat would work just fine.

  40. grace 42

    what does the super bowl mean to me?
    an essay, by grace

    FOOD. :)

  41. Julie 43

    I’ve never had chicken meatballs. They look tasty! I’ll have to see if my brain can come up with an original recipe. Think, think, think.

  42. What a great recipe. The boys would love it during the Super Bowl.

  43. KathyB. 45

    I think I am going to have to start another 3 ring binder cook book and label it NOBLE PIG, because my current 3-ring is full of your recipes ( ones we have tried and will use again)and now I have to add another one, this one ! Looks scrumptious. BTW, where in the world can you buy pomegranate seeds without buying a pomegranate?

    Maybe I will have my Hubby submit a recipe…..

  44. Oh the pressure!

    I don’t know that I have anything good enough to submit. I’ll have to look through the old recipe box and see what I can come up with. Or maybe I’ll just sit back and enjoy whoever wins this thing. I am just no good under pressure. *lol*

    BTW, the meatballs look amazing!

  45. Biz 47

    I like all kinds of balls! hee hee!

    I am definitely going to enter this contest – I need king crab legs and Sam’s are so good!!

    Now I have to put my thinking cap on!

  46. Drool !
    I’m too lazy to enter, but it’s a lovely thing you’re doing with that !

  47. Delicious. I love chipotles and my husband would actually eat these becaue they’re made of chicken. It’s a win-win recipe. Now we just need to have a party (although who said one needs to have a party to enjoy cocktail meatballs?)

    Hang in there with the fence thing. I see a light at the end of the tunnel (and no it’s not an oncoming train).

  48. Rebel 50

    This sounds like a great contest. Are you goin’ to let us see all the recipes entered? It’s always great to see new recipes.

  49. are you allowed to submit your own recipe? your’s looks hard to beat.

  50. Marie 52

    I would pick these meatballs as the winner, they look so good!!

  51. That one made my saliva glands over excrete quite literally,…humm she drools, not good. I will try to think of something if I can find some clothes that aren’t see though.

  52. Pam 54

    Only you could leave me drooling for meatballs at 11:00 pm. They look fantastic Cathy. I’ll be thinking of some tasty recipes to send to you.

  53. These look so good! I’m glad your comments are working again! I couldn’t leave one the other day!

  54. Sandie 56

    Who cares about the big game when you could have snacks like these to nibble on?! Great giveaway—I bet you’ll get TONS of entries. Good luck!

  55. Hey Cathy- we have the same contest going on! They contacted me too… good deal to get $250, eh?

  56. Cheryl 58

    FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC!!! Your recipe, the Sam’s Club giveaway…you in general!

    (Does a six-pack count as a recipe? ;) Wonder if I can come up with something more legit…)

    And thank you ever so for your kind words yesterday…means a tremendous amount. :)

  57. Sounds like fun, I’ve sent my entry in:-) I’m not much of a football fan (does that disqualify me from entering?) but your meatballs are making me want to throw a Superbowl party.

  58. Those look so fabulous!!! I’ll need to give this some thought- what an awesome prize!!!

  59. These meatballs are great for any party, not just the Super Bowl.

    Your photographs and the step by step instructions are great.

  60. Always a fun time going on over here, don’t you? My tastebuds are all tweaked out over those balls up there. Yummers!

  61. wow! What a great prize. I SO wish my mind worked like yours with creating recipes. I cook, but it’s all at someone else’s experience.

  62. I have a can of chipotle peppers sitting in my pantry just waiting for a worthy recipe like this one. Must check this out!

  63. Wow – $250 for an event. Sweet. I can’t wait to see the results. I’m going to need some idea for Sunday.

    I also like the meatballs. My meatball repetoire is pretty depressing but I have some chipotles that I want to use up – so this looks great.

  64. Those meatballs look terrific! They would definitely be a big hit on any buffet table!

  65. Jessica 68

    This is a great article

  66. I had a lot of catching up to do on your site…been out with the sickies…and now I have like 10 new recipes I have to make now! Seriously, I don’t think there has been anything posted that I didn’t want to eat! You’re killing me…it’s wonderful, but it’s gonna kill me, eventually. ;)

  67. PA 71

    I found your blog through foodgawker and made these honey-chipotle meatballs for my superbowl party tonight. They were delicious! Everybody loved them, and there wasn’t a single one left at the end of the night. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  68. Made these last night, AWESOME!!! The kid (7) devoured them. Thanks for the great recipe.

  69. Ruth 73

    I made these the other week for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes so I wouldn’t miss any of the yummy sauce. My boyfriend said these are the best meatballs he has ever had, Thanks so sharing this amazing recipe

  70. I love the way you present these stuff. Its very neat and step by step instructions are marvelous.

  71. This is so cool. I am so eager to eat these mouth watering stuff.

  72. Renesue 76

    I just made these….truly scrumptious and VERY spicy! But Im a wuss when it comes to spicy soooo…

  73. Mika 77

    hi this is my first time on your blog, linked by ‘for the love of cooking’!! These meatballs look amazing, I’m not a cook but I think I would be capable of making these deliciously looking meatballs for a new year’s party potluck! The guests cannot eat beef or pork so this would be perfect! are the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce available in most grocery stores? (I live in Canada)

  74. That was an inspiring post,
    This is an amzing recipe!
    The meatballs taste amazing!
    Thanks for writing about it

  75. I made these the other week for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes so I wouldn’t miss any of the yummy sauce. My boyfriend said these are the best meatballs he has ever had, Thanks so sharing this amazing recipe

  76. I made this recipe and wrote about it here: link to tomatoesforapples.blogspot.com

    This is a great recipe for parties that you can keep warm in a crockpot. Thank you!

  77. I have tried chicken meatballs with chipotle-honey sauce and it was AWSOME!!!

  78. LAURA 82

    YOU WANT THE SUBMISSIONS BY JAN. 26TH BUT I JUST RECEIVED THE EMAIL AND IT’S FEB.3RD!

  79. Brad 83

    Made these today, and I have to say that the recipe was easily replicated and things worked very well. I have to admit that I split the recipe in half, and made Asian version by substituting the chipotle in the meat mixture with soy sauce and ginger, then sauced them with San-J Polynesian glaze. They were Fantastic!

  80. John 84

    I’m a “ghost reader” I never comment but I with this wonderfull post I can not be indifirent. Good post!!!

  81. Good post and a fantastic read. You have raised some valid points. Great work, keep it up. I love returning back to this site and reading the quality content you always have on offer.

  82. chicadee 86

    Made this for an Academy Awards Party today. They were a big hit. Everyone loved them. Yum!! Thanks for the recipe.

  83. I strictly recommend not to hold back until you earn enough cash to order goods! You can just get the mortgage loans or just commercial loan and feel yourself free

  84. I might, but I don’t want to promise. We’ll see, K?

  85. they look so yummy. im drooling.

  86. Oh My God. That’s so looking delicious.

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  88. Lindsay 92

    Any idea how many calories there are in this?/nutritional info