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Air Fryer Chipotle Chicken Meatballs

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air fryer chipotle chicken meatballs

Homemade meatballs have never been easier, thanks to the air fryer, which cooks up a batch of chipotle chicken meatballs in just 6 minutes. Flavored with cilantro, oregano, and a tablespoon of chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, the meatballs are packed with smoky, slightly spicy flavor. They're are snack-sized for a reason: Once you pop, you won’t be able to stop. But they’re just as good tucked inside a taco with avocado or smashed on a toasted bun.

This recipe is easily customizable. Swap in beef or pork for the chicken, or add some cayenne pepper for heat. For bigger meatballs, form the mixture into 2" balls and check around 10 to 12 minutes.

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Cal/Serv: 311
Yields: 2 - 4 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 25 mins
1 lb.

ground chicken (93% lean)

3/4 c.

panko bread crumbs

1/4 c.

chopped fresh cilantro


large egg, beaten


cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp.

finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus 2 tsp. sauce

3/4 tsp.

dried oregano

3/4 tsp.

kosher salt

1/4 tsp.

freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil cooking spray

Salsa verde, for serving

  1. In a medium bowl, using your hands, mix ground chicken, panko, cilantro, egg, garlic, chipotle chiles and sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper until combined. Roll into 1" balls.
  2. Lightly coat an air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Working in batches, arrange meatballs in basket, spacing about 1/2" apart. Cook at 370°, turning a few times, until outsides of meatballs are golden brown and centers are cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  3. Arrange meatballs on a platter. Spoon salsa verde over top or serve alongside for dipping.

Nutrition (per serving): 311 calories, 34 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 13 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 906 mg sodium

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