Honey-Chipotle Meatballs

Here is the thing about me.

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs from Kitchen Meets Girl #recipe #appetizer

I don’t diet.  At all.

I don’t work out, either.  I actually got on my elliptical machine last Friday for 15 minutes and about died.  Not pretty, you guys.  Doodle and the Tall Boy were cheering me on and all I really wanted to do was jam a cupcake in my mouth.

I’m not one of those people who make resolutions at the beginning of the year about completely changing my eating habits or vow to work out a prescribed number of times per week.  I can’t set myself up for failure like that.  However, regardless of the sweets and goodies I tend to post here, most of the time, I do try to eat at least semi-healthy.

Not that meatballs are the epitome of health food, but if you make ’em with ground turkey, they are at least a step in the right direction.

I have a love-hate affair with ground turkey.  Early in my marriage, the Tall Boy and I attempted to make turkey burgers…and subsequently ended up ordering a pizza.  While we now use ground turkey in many things (tacos, chili, etc), I haven’t yet been brave enough to try eating it again in patty-type form.

Until now.

When I found this recipe for honey-chipotle meatballs, I was intrigued.  With a glaze using chipotle chilies and honey, certainly there was enough flavor in these to make these palatable for us!  And as a bonus, I didn’t have to feel so guilty about eating a few of these meatball appetizers when the ingredient list was fairly short and healthy.  🙂

 Honey-Chipotle Meatballs from Kitchen Meets Girl #recipe #appetizer

What’s your favorite healthy appetizer?

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or substitute ground beef, if you prefer)
  • ⅓ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey, plus more for dipping
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (we used 4 since we like it spicy; if you're not sure, start on the low end and add more if needed)
  • 3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper until just combined. Form into meatballs - I got about 16 meatballs when forming mine. In a separate bowl, stir together honey, chilies, and vinegar.
  2. In an ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, pour honey mixture over the top of the meatballs, and swirl to coat. Cook until liquid is reduced and meatballs are coated.
  3. I do not have an ovenproof skillet, so I transferred mine to an 8x8 pan before placing in the oven. I kept my skillet warm, and then transferred the meatballs back to the skillet for glazing after removing from the oven.
  4. Serve with additional honey for dipping, if desired.
just barely adapted from Martha Stewart
Nutrition Information
Serving size: makes about 16 meatballs


    • Ashley

      If you like Chipotle, you will love these, Terry. I adde extra to ours, since we like it spicy!

  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    I’ve made this recipe before, too – really tasty! This is one of the few recipes that I actually like ground turkey in, too. Oh, + I always double the sauce – it’s so tasty that I love having extra to drizzle + such. =)
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    • Ashley

      We doubled up on the sauce as well–such a great recipe! Hope you are having a great new year, Amy!

  2. Shirley

    You look great for never dieting or working out. These meatballs look wonderful. Better than those veges I’m on right now.

    • Ashley

      You would love these, Shirley! Xo

    • Ashley

      I’m right there with you, Dorothy! Resolutions and me never work out very well. =)

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I make the same resolution to eat less sugar and then promptly stuff a brownie in my face! I should know by now that I’m not going to make it. I love these meatballs…chipotle is such a fun and yummy flavor!!!
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    • Ashley

      I can’t give up the sweets, either. What a boring life that would be, right?? But I do love these meatballs…just not as much as cookies. 🙂

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Duuude, how did I miss this one? Meatballs are one of my favorites! And I use ground turkey in everythinggggg. How you feel about ground turkey in patty form is now how I feel about ground beef, haha. I think these meatballs on some Hawaiian rolls would be pretty much the best dinner evah. And forget the resolutions of eating better, I’d probably eat thirds of these.
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    • Ashley

      Ugh, I’m trying to transition everything to ground turkey, but I’m just not there yet. These meatballs I can handle, though–and OMG, I love your idea of these on Hawaiian rolls!! You’re brilliant!!


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