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Honey & Mustard Chicken Meatballs Recipe

These simple honey and mustard chicken meatballs are cooked in a fully flavoured creamy sauce and served on a supremely indulgent mashed potato!

Close up portrait image of a creamy honey and mustard sauce poured over chicken meatballs

Simple Indulgent Chicken Meatballs.

I love these super simple honey and mustard chicken meatballs… They take 30 minutes to cook and feel proper indulgent.

Poultry is not an unusual ingredient for me to turn into a meatball. In fact, the much more common ground beef meatball recipe is a rarity in my house.

I have both an Indian Chicken Kofta which is a meatball in all but name and a turkey meatball pasta bake. You could of course change out the chicken for ground turkey if you wish.

You could even use minced chicken in this mini meatball soup if you wanted!

But this recipe feels ‘special’, even though it is incredibly simple.

Probably because it is properly indulgent. There are no substitutes for cream and butter, no matter what the latest fad diet says!

Of course, this is not the sort of meal that I eat every night, but on occasions, we all deserve a naughty treat.

Portrait image of chicken meatballs in a honey and mustard sauce on mashed potatoes served on a white plate.

The Secret to Moist Meatballs.

The trick to making moist meatballs is usually in the inclusion of fat.

But chicken is incredibly lean, even if you use the thighs as I do for the chicken ground chicken in this recipe.

I ensure that these meatballs stay moist by freeing up the moisture content in the onions I flavour them with.

Onions contain a boatload of liquid, usually that liquid stays locked inside the structure of the onion. Grating the onion frees up that liquid and helps to add both flavour and moisture to the meatballs.

After that, all you need do is not overcook your meatballs.

They do not take long to cook, only a matter of 15 minutes. A meat thermometer will help you ensure perfection.

Look for an internal temperature of 73°C or 165°F!

Square image of chicken meatballs in a honey and mustard sauce on mashed potatoes served on a white plate.

The Honey and Mustard Sauce!

Honey and mustard is a classic combination and one I use all the time, most recently in my honey mustard pork chop recipe. It even works with fish as this honey and mustard salmon recipe demonstrates.

This recipe does something a little different with that sauce. The addition of cream makes it silky smooth and mellows the mustard.

I personally use English mustard in this recipe. If you find that a little “pokey” then moving to Dijon mustard is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

You could even use wholegrain mustard, although that will make the sauce less silky.

I’ll not go into length on the mash in this recipe and point you towards my guide to mashed potatoes instead… 

Needless to say, I add 25% in a combination of cream and butter to the weight of the potatoes.

You can read yet more of my musings on mashed potato on my recent Pork With Prunes Recipe!

Close up image of chicken meatballs in a creamy honey and mustard sauce
Honey & Mustard Chicken Meatballs with Mashed Potato
Yield: 2 Servings

Honey & Mustard Chicken Meatballs with Mashed Potato

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These simple honey and mustard chicken meatballs are cooked in a fully flavoured creamy sauce and served on a supremely indulgent mashed potato!

Ingredients

For the Honey and Mustard Meatballs

  • 300g (10.5 oz) Ground Chicken
  • 75g (2.5 oz) Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 40g (1.5 oz) Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • Fresh Nutmeg to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard
  • 75ml (2.5 fl oz) Heavy Cream
  • 10g (0.35 oz) Chopped Parsley

For the Mashed Potato

  • 350g (12 oz) Potato
  • 50g (1.75 oz) Butter
  • 50ml (1.75 fl oz) Cream
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into 2-2.5cm cubes.
  2. Boil the potatoes in boiling water for 25 minutes.
  3. Grate the onion and mince the garlic and then add to the minced chicken.
  4. Grate in a generous helping of fresh nutmeg and add the breadcrumbs and the thyme then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Using wet hands form into 10 meatballs.
  6. After the potatoes have been cooking for 10 minutes heat the oil in a heavy based pan.
  7. Brown the meatballs on all sides for 5 minutes or so.
  8. Reduces the heat and add a lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid and add in the honey and mustard followed by the cream and simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. Heat the cream for the mashed potatoes but do not boil.
  11. Put the potatoes through a potato ricer and mix in the butter and the warmed cream and serve.
  12. Finally mix the parsley through the sauce before serving.

Notes

I usually add some green beans on the side of this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1109Total Fat: 76gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 45g

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Emily

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

I don’t have a scale, but would love to make this. I’m in the US and don’t have metric measuring tools. Is your recipe converted to cups anywhere? Also is ground chicken easy to find? Or do you ask to have it ground at a butcher’s?

Brian Jones

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Hi Emily... I do not have cup measures I am afraid, I find them unreliable when testing recipes so stick with weights when I go beyond a tablespoon. We just do not use them here in Europe. I am manually running through my recipe and adding imperial weights, but I have nearly 500 recipes so it takes a while. Although I have just done this one :)

If there is an ingredient that you are stuck on then throwing it into Google will give you an answer to go by. Although for 10 dollars I would say buy a cheap set of scales, it will open up a whole new way of cooking.

As for ground chicken, I can find it here in Europe pretty easily and you could swap for ground turkey which seems to be a pretty common ingredient on the US sites that I visit.

Have fun.

Brian

Brenda Hansen

Sunday 29th of September 2019

I made this.. but I used Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, butter, half& half.. honey & Dijon mustard .. for the cream sauce....I grated the half of onion very fine.. & I used ground organic ground Turkey,,, nutmeg, salt& pepper.. dried chives, and dried basil.. was Delicious I used parsley egg noodles instead.. served with organic rocking ... thx for the recipe ...

Brian Jones

Monday 30th of September 2019

That sounds great, so glad to provide the spark for a meal that you enjoyed... Thanks for taking the time to write to me!

Jacqueline Debono

Friday 22nd of February 2019

I have never made chicken meatballs but I think I really should. Honey and mustard is a favourite combo of mine. Going to pin this recipe for very soon!

Brian Jones

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Enjoy!

Beth

Friday 22nd of February 2019

Those look so delicious! The honey mustard sauce is so thick and creamy! Yum!

Brian Jones

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Thanks Beth!

Jeff the Chef

Friday 22nd of February 2019

Brian, your pictures are so fantastic, that I don't know which recipe to look at first. I decided it would be this one. The pictures are so sensual, I feel as though I should shut the door as I'm looking at them. I've never made chicken meatballs, but I think I'm going to.

Brian Jones

Sunday 24th of February 2019

You are far too kind Jeff! Chicken meatballs are great you just need to be a little more precise with cooking as the line between perfectly cooked and as dry as a dry thing is much thinner than with a fattier meat!