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Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs - These meatballs are so easy and bake to perfection, and then simmer in an out-of-this-world honey bourbon barbecue sauce! Perfect as an appetizer or to serve on sandwiches!
Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
 

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs - These meatballs are so easy and bake to perfection, and then simmer in an out-of-this-world honey bourbon barbecue sauce! Perfect as an appetizer or to serve on sandwiches!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, bourbon, chicken, chicken meatballs, honey, meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 381 kcal
Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, washed and dried
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 hot Italian sausage link, casing removed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped (note 1)
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • fresh chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum and spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease a large skillet. Set aside.

  2. Pulse together the bacon and button mushrooms until blended

  3. Place the mushroom and bacon mixture, ground chicken, and hot Italian sausage, salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic, and breadcrumbs into a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined.

  4. Scoop the meat mixture using a medium cookie scoop and place onto the baking sheet or in the skillet. Repeat until all of the meat has been used.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  1. Whisk together the water, barbecue sauce, bourbon, and honey in a large skillet. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, add the cooked meatballs to the sauce, coat each meatball, and simmer over low-to-medium heat for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

  2. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: You may substitute ½ teaspoon of dried basil for fresh basil.

Nutrition estimated is based upon the brands I used. Yours may vary depending on brands.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (8 meatballs)
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Cholesterol 135.9mg45%
Sodium 695.9mg30%
Carbohydrates 4.3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1.1g1%
Protein 38g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.