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Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs

These make-ahead Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs are light, lean and bursting with fresh, vibrant flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or main course!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 35 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped red pepper
  • cup panko breadcrumbs plus more for rolling,if desired
  • 1 egg
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray or olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place all meatball ingredients in a medium-large bowl and mix together with a sturdy spatula.
  3. Scoop into 2 tablespoon-size portions then wet hands and roll into balls. If desired, place about ½ cup of Panko crumbs in a medium-size bowl. Roll each ball in the extra crumbs. Place meatballs about 1-inch apart on the prepared sheet pan.

  4. Spray meatballs with olive oil cooking spray or drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until beginning to turn golden in spots. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for additional instructions and helpful tips.

Makes 25-30 meatballs

Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.