Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs take the classic Kung Pao chicken stir fry and turn it into a fun meatballs dinner. Serve with rice and veggies for a quick weeknight meal.

Sometimes getting dinner on the table is just a lot of work, so you might pick up Chinese takeout, or order pizza.  Trust me, I get it.  But there are healthier and tastier options that you can make in the same amount of time.

I am all about getting dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.  And if I can do it in 15, even better!  Chow Mein Noodles are ready in 15 minutes, and so much better than any take out you can get.  

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Today we are taking classic Kung Pao Chicken and turning it into meatballs. Meatballs always make dinner more fun.

What is Kung Pao Chicken?

Well, kung pao chicken is a Chinese style stir fry that is often spicy.  It is made with chicken, veget, peanuts, and chili peppers. Stir fries come together in just minutes, because everything is chopped small, and cooked over a high heat.  This kung pao chicken meatball version is no exception!  You brown the meatballs, and then just toss in the sauce to serve.

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My family loves spicy food. My son has quite the spice tolerance, and tends to like things spicier that I do lately!  But you can definitely tame down this recipe, so even your mild spice fans will like it.  Less chili garlic paste will do the trick.  You could start with just a tiny bit and add to your heat level if you are concerned about the heat.

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If you want to take a short cut with these chicken meatballs, you can use a little help from the store.  There are a few brands that sell chicken meatballs in the freezer section at the grocery store.  You can pick up a relatively neutral flavored one - you don't want Italian seasoned or anything like that. The original flavors would work great to just heat and then toss with the kung pao chicken sauce.

Making chicken meatballs from scratch is actually pretty easy.  These call for just a handful of ingredients.  You can get the kids to help with the rolling, and then just bake to cook them through.  I like to bake my chicken meatballs to cut down on the fat.  Cooking them in a skillet means you need a decent amount of oil.  But if that is your favorite way, than go for it.

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Serve your kung pao chicken meatballs with a side of rice and may be roasted or steamed vegetable on the side.  A super easy dinner the whole family will love.

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Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs Recipe

    4 Servings


For the Meatballs:
  • 1 pound Ground Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce, divided
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
For the Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Chicken Broth
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Garlic Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds, for topping


  1. In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the meatballs.  Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile in a small sauce pan whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4-5 minutes until thickened.
  3. Once meatballs are cooked, toss in the sauce.  Garnish with sesame seeds to serve.



Cooking Method:
Stir Fry
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Author: Erin S.
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 121
Calories 324

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 1823mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 21g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin S.

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Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?