Maple Sweet Potato Chicken Meatballs
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 35 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Struggling with picky eaters who don't like their veggies? These savory meatballs are healthier than you think, and smothered in a sweet, sticky, maple glaze. The fact that they're loaded with vegetables can be just between us...
Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 C grated partially-cooked sweet potatoes (see instructions)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ C water
  • 6 oz baby spinach or tatsoi
  • ⅔ C diced sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp rubbed dry sage
  • 4 dashes nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
Maple Glaze
  • ¼ C maple syrup
  • ¼ C low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne (optional)
  1. To prep your sweet potatoes, bake 1 large sweet potato in a 425º F oven for about 25 minutes, or until it's beginning to soften but isn't cooked through. (Instead of baking, you could expedite this process by microwaving it on the "potato" setting on your microwave, taking care not to overcook.) Once cooked, grate the sweet potato with a cheese grater. Set aside.
  2. To prep the spinach or tatosoi, combine it with the sweet onion, 1 tsp of olive oil and ¼ C of water in a skillet and cook over medium heat. Add more water to the pan as needed if the greens appear to dry out. Cook until the greens are wilted, the onions are soft, and the water has evaporated. Add the minced garlic to the pan, cook 1 more minute, and then set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425º F. In a medium sized bowl combine the ground chicken, grated sweet potato, cooked greens, maple syrup, soy sauce, cinnamon, sage, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Gently mix together with your hands, but be careful not to over-mix. Form into meatballs that are approximately 1 inch in diameter and place them into a cast iron skillet.
  4. Cook the meatballs in a 425º F oven for 15 minutes. While the meatballs are cooking, whisk together the maple glaze ingredients. Make sure that all of the corn starch is evenly mixed in with no lumps.
  5. After 15 minutes have passed, flip the meatballs and add the maple glaze mixture into the skillet. Return the meatballs to the oven and cook another 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes have passed, remove the meatballs from the oven and coat them in the sauce at the bottom of the pan. Serve immediately.
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