These meatballs have been a huge hit on our dinner table for some months now! Not only are they super simple to make, but they are also very tasty. This recipe came together more or less by accident, just using the ingredients I happened to have at hand. (Isn’t that the way how the best recipes are created, anyway?) Moreover, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything that is wrapped in bacon!
The combination of garlic, onion and paprika is quite basic what comes to seasoning, but I just consider those spices really tasty. They go well with mild chicken and savory bacon. Please feel free to use your favorite spices or seasonings, or what you happen to have in your pantry at the moment. Also, if you don’t eat bacon, you can just use turkey bacon or omit the bacon altogether and fry these like regular meatballs.
Tips for making the bacon wrapped chicken meatballs
This recipe is very easy, I think wrapping the meatballs in the bacon is the most time-consuming part. Otherwise, you just combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. An important tip: don’t mix the ingredients too long, just that the mixture is not sticky anymore. If you mix and knead too long, the meatballs might turn into “rubber balls” which is the last thing you want.
But let’s take a look how to prepare these bacony bombs:
Place the ground chicken meat in a large bowl. (I have a separate bowl which I use only for meat). Add the paprika.
Add the onion powder…
…and the salt if you use it.
Mix the ingredients well…
…until they are well mixed and the mixture is not sticky anymore. (The added salt helps in this.) Don’t mix too long, otherwise the meatballs will turn chewy and rubbery.
Shape the mixture into eight meatballs.
Place the meatballs on an oiled plate. You can also oil your hands, as the shaping is much easier with oiled hands.
Wrap each meatball in bacon. Use two slices of bacon per meatball.
Ready to be fried.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. If you don’t use a non-stick pan or just prefer to include some more fat, place some oil (or butter if you use dairy) on the skillet and let it melt.
Fry the meatballs until they are completely done, some 15 minutes or until the juices run clear. You should never eat raw chicken meat! Turn the meatballs while frying so that they get nicely browned on each side.
I fry the meatballs in two batches to prevent the skillet from cooling too much under a big load of meat.
I prefer to use medium-high heat until the bacon is nicely browned, then I cover the skillet with lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. These start looking good now! Don’t forget to make some side dish as well, for example turnip fries or quick cauli ‘n’ cheese accompany these chicken meatballs in a perfect way.
- 14 oz = 400 g ground chicken meat
- 1 tablespoon organic paprika
- 1 teaspoon organic onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon organic garlic powder
- (optional: to taste unrefined sea salt)
- 16 slices bacon or turkey bacon
- Combine the meat, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder (and the salt if you use it) in a large bowl.
- Mix until well mixed.
- Shape the mixture into 8 balls.
- Take 2 bacon slices per meatball and wrap the meatballs with the bacon slices so that the bacon completely covers the meatballs.
- Grill or fry on a skillet until done, approximately 15 minutes. I prefer to use medium-high heat until the bacon is nicely browned, cover the skillet with lid and then reduce the heat to medium-low.
Can you air fry these?
I’m sorry but I don’t have an air dryer so I don’t know.
Can these be baked?
Can you freeze these?
Hi Lisette, yes, you can.
What’s the serving size for this recipe?
I think two meatballs are good for a small hunger (or a small person) and four for bigger hunger (or for a bigger person).
Totally intrigued by this idea; sounds amazing!
Thank you, Kalyn! It’s my family’s favorite. Hope you like it, too!
This looks so good, I just love your recipes!
Thanx for d nice and simple recipe..:)
You’re welcome! 🙂
MMMmmm… These look so good! I cannot wait to make them. Thanks for such a super simple recipe! 🙂
Thank you, Lin, for your comment!