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Firecracker Meatballs

These healthy firecracker chicken meatballs are a sweet & spicy flavor explosion! The perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer for any gathering. Easy to make & fun to eat!  
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Keyword: appetizer, chicken meatballs, dairy-free, firecracker meatballs, gluten-free, keto, paleo
Servings: 20 Meatballs
Author: Ashley McCrary



  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sriracha no sugar added
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley


  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar Swerve*
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free syrup or honey*
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flake optional
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chicken, beaten egg, almond flour, sriracha, salt, garlic, chopped onions, pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Using a cookie or small ice cream scoop, scoop the meat and shape it into 1 1/2-inch meatball (size of a golf ball).
  • Transfer and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. You should have about 20 meatballs total.Brush the tops of the meatballs with olive oil.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatballs read 165 F on a meat thermometer.
  • Toss in the firecracker sauce and garnish with green chives or green onion. 
  • Enjoy!


  • Add all of the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  • As it becomes hot, add in the xanthan gum and whisk together until it begins to thicken. 


  • If you are not keto or sugar free you can use regular brown sugar for the brown sugar Swerve. You can also sub honey or maple syrup for the sugar free syrup.
  • Sub tapioca or arrowroot flour for the xanthan gum. 1 1/2 Tbsp dissolved in a little bit of water