Chicken Meatballs with Asian sauce

These Chinese meatballs are juicy, melt in the mouth, and then cooked in a savory Asian-inspired sauce.  Takes 30 minutes to make a meal prep lunch bowl with some veggies.

Follow this recipe and its instructions and you will get one of the juiciest meatballs you have ever tasted. Promise. I will share all the secrets to get the best meatballs and the delicious Asian-inspired sauce to go with it.

This would be better than any restaurant takeaways that you do and you will come back repeatedly to doing this as I do.

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Chicken meatballs in Asian sauce

Juicy, soft meatballs in an equally delicious sauce is a classic. Meatballs are such a different dish in the sense that they are made of many common ingredients and yet texturally so distinct.

The browned texture on the outside and the juicy soft meat in the center, when you take a bite, are what attract them to me. Stir up a nice flavourful sauce with a little kick and you have a dinner to be smacked up.

I have tried different sauces with meatballs and this Asian sauce is my favourite. It is super easy to do, not too rich to be satiating but has all the flavour and zings that would appeal to your palette.

This sauce just compliments the garlic-ginger flavor of the meatballs so well.

If you have ground chicken at home, this would be a great use of it to produce a delicious dinner.

Couple of meal prep lunch boxes containing chicken meatballs with asian sauce, white rice and some greens like beans and red peppers.


To prepare meatballs you will need

  • Minced Chicken
  • Garlic & Ginger – To add flavor to meatballs.
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Bread Slice
  • Black pepper

To prepare the sauce you will need

  • Chicken stock
  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Honey
  • Sesame oil
  • Minced garlic & ginger

How to make

Asian Sauce

  • Fry ginger and garlic with Dry red chilies until the raw smell is gone.
  • Mix all the ingredients of the sauce with the cooked ginger/garlic and keep it aside.

Chicken meatballs

  • Soak Breadcrumbs – soak the breadcrumbs in milk.
  • Mix with ground chicken – Add the soaked breadcrumbs, ground chicken, ginger, garlic, pepper, salt in a bowl and mix them well. Meatballs has to be seasoned and mixing well ensures that they are seasoned perfectly to get that flavour we desire.
  • Sear the meatballs – Sear the meatballs in little oil over high heat until they brown on all sides.
  • Add the sauce and chillis – Let the meatballs cook in the simmering sauce for 20 minutes until they reduce to the desired consistency.
Close up photo of Meal prep lunch box containing chicken meatballs with asian sauce, white rice and some greens like beans and red peppers.

Tips for Juicy and Soft Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs were just perfect. With chicken as the protein here, we need to keep a few things in mind. Chicken tends to dry fast if you cook it for too long. So here are the few things that make the meatballs moist

  • Soaking the bread/bread crumbs with little milk helps to make the balls moist.
  • Adding raw grated onion to the mixture. When onion gets cooked it releases moisture and helps to keep the protein moist.
  • Because we are going to cook the meatballs again in a sauce, cook the meatballs little underdone. While resting the meatballs will cook little further. And while cooking in the sauce it will be done.
  • Sear the meatballs undisturbed over medium-high heat for a few minutes until you see them browned. Turn them over to the other side and brown them as well. Browning the meatballs gives them a nice crunchy exterior while locking in the flavors.

A couple of other tips while making meatballs are

  • Drain the minced chicken to get rid of any extra water. Too much water it will make it difficult to shape.
  • Shape the meatballs with a lightly wet hand. Wet hands prevent the mixture from sticking. You can also oil your hands to shape the balls.
  • If you are not sure about the seasoning, make a small ball and cook. Then you can check the seasoning and adjust.


Can we add veggies to this?

Red pepper, Broccoli, and Green Beans go well with the sauce. Steam or blanch the veggies and add it to the wok after cooking ginger garlic.

Can we make this with frozen meatballs?

Yes, Once you add frozen chicken meatballs, simmer, put a lid, and cook on low heat until the meatballs are cooked through.

Storage Instructions

The meatballs can be seared and then frozen. You can put them in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag for up to a week. I would not recommend more because there are onions in them which will not hold up.

The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored for up to a week again in an air-tight container. You can also freeze them and thaw them when you need to make the dish.

This way this Asian chicken meatball dish works as a perfect make-ahead meal prep for busy days.

Serve it along with

Rice/ noodles work excellently with these meatballs. Make a meal prep lunch box with rice and some Airfryer Roasted Broccoli, greens like sliced beans, carrots, or peppers.

Looking for something different to pair with these chicken meatballs, try Sesame Ramen or this Butter Garlic Noodles

Meatballs are versatile and can be cooked in different ways. Here a few interesting ways to cook with meatballs

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Asian Chicken Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
These Chinese meatballs are juicy, melt in the mouth, and then cooked in a savory Asian-inspired sauce.  Takes 30 minutes to make a meal prep lunch bowl with some veggies.
Servings 5 servings


  • 500 gms Minced Chicken
  • 2 Bread Slices
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • ½ onion Grated or Finely Minced
  • 1 tsp garlic Finely Minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or adjust as per taste)
  • 3 tablespoon oil

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce (see notes 1)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Sriracha or any hot sauce (adjust as per taste)
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • ½ tablespoon garlic Minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger Minced
  • 2-3 dry red chili
  • Toasted Seasame seeds

For meal prep lunch bowl

  • Cooked white rice
  • Blanched broccoli,Beans,carrot,pepper


  • Cut bread to small pieces. Soak bread in milk for 10-15 minutes. Then using hand break any bigger pieces and make a smooth mixture.
  • Drain excess water from minced chicken. Squeeze grated onion to remove excess liquid.
  • Add all the ingredients mentioned under Meatball except Oil. Add bread milk mixture. Mix everything with hand till well incorporated.
  • If you feel the mixture is still wet and difficult to make balls then add a couple of teaspoons of bread crumbs to the mixture. But the mixture should not be very dry. It should be smooth and hold shape while making balls
  • With wet hands make small balls of equal size. (Use a cookies scoop to portion)
  • Add oil to a pan.
  • Working in batches place the meatballs in a single layer. Don't overcrowd the pan. Let it cook (on medium-low heat) undisturbed on one side. Then turn and cook further till the ball looks light golden brown in color.
  • Repeat the above process till all the meatballs are cooked. (Use extra oil if required). Keep the cooked meatballs aside and let it rest.

For the sauce

  • Mix rest of the ingredients mentioned under sauce.
  • In the same pan add 1 tbsp oil. Add Whole red chilies followed by chopped ginger and garlic. Fry until the raw smell is gone but ginger-garlic is not browned.
  • Add prepared sauce to the pan and cooked meatballs. Let the sauce comes to a boil. The sauce will start to thicken a little bit.
  • Cook on medium heat till the sauce reached the desired consistency and meatballs are well coated with the sauce. ( Because this will be served with rice I would prefer a bit more sauce in the final dish)
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions while serving.



  1. I have used Kikkoman soy sauce in this recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Tulika Varma says:

    In place of Chicken Stock, what can be used?

    1. subhasmita says:

      You can replace with vegetable stock or water.

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