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Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Our air fryer chicken meatballs recipe is a quick way to cook up a meal and end up with minimal clean-up. It’s a lifesaver, especially when you have a hectic schedule.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: air fryer chicken meatballs, air fryer chicken meatballs recipe, how to cook meatballs in an air fryer, how to make chicken meatballs in an air fryer, sauce for chicken meatballs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 487kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 20 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped and divided into two parts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika divided into two parts
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked medium-grain rice


  • Place 20 oz chicken breasts in the food processor. Give it several pulses, then scrape the sides. Repeat until there are no large bits.
    step 1: Process the meat.
  • Transfer the meat into a large bowl and combine it with 1/4 cup panko, 1 medium egg, 2 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp parsley, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt.
    step 2: Pulse the meat with seasonings, egg, flour, and breadcrumbs.
  • Separate the meat mixture into 16 equal parts and shape each part into a ball. If things become a bit sticky, wet your hands with some water.
    step 3: Shape the meat into balls.
  • Shape a large sheet of foil into a baking dish by folding up the edges, then place it into the frying basket. Gently put the meatballs you’ve shaped into it and cook at 400 °F for 10 minutes.
    step 4: Form a baking dish from foil and cook the meatballs in it in the air fryer.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining 1/4 cup chicken broth, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp sriracha, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp cornstarch, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
    step 5: Mix the sauce ingredients together.
  • Pour this sauce onto the cooked meatballs and cook at 400 °F for 2 minutes or until it thickens.
    step 6: Add the sauce to the meatballs and cook for some more.
  • When it’s done, gently toss to coat the meatballs nicely. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve with 3 1/2 cups of cooked rice.
    step 7: Serve with cooked rice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 4mg