Barbecue Chicken Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion (we used yellow onion)
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • ¼ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons koser salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • Slider buns (we used Pepperidge Farm Golden Potato Slider Buns), pickles (we used dill pickle slices), and White Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows), to serve

Directions

  1. Take a small skillet out and pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium heat. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the onion, cooking it for 6 minutes or until it’s softened. Transfer the softened onions to a large mixing bowl, letting them cool before adding the following ingredients to the bowl as well: chicken, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir well to combine, putting a lid on the bowl afterwards and placing it in the fridge for one hour. Take the  bowl out of the fridge and roll the chicken mixture into 32 balls (about 4 teaspoons of the mixture per meatball).
  2. Preheat your  oven to 350 degrees. Take a rimmed baking sheet out and spray it with cooking spray (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil and then sprayed the foil with cooking spray).
  3. Take a large skillet out and pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil’s hot, add a portion of the meatballs in, gently turning them now and then for 3 minutes or until they get browned all over (we had to turn them frequently so they wouldn’t get burnt). Transfer the browned meatballs to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding in the last tablespoon of oil if necessary.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. Serve the meatballs on the buns, topping the meatballs with the pickles and White Barbecue Sauce.

White Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl, stirring until combined and smooth. You can serve this right away or cover and stick it in the fridge for up to a week.
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We love Alabama barbecue so when we saw a meatball slider version, we had to try it out ! You get a little bit of smokiness in the meatballs and while the meatballs taste good on their own, these sliders taste fantastic once the White Barbecue Sauce is added on. The sauce was creamy and tangy and paired wonderfully with the meatball. The pickle slices only add more flavor as well as some crunchiness to the dish that’d be missing otherwise. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did !

We got this recipe from Taste Of The South.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Pepperidge Farm or Taste Of The South.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground chicken (we used ground turkey)
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • ¼ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Louisiana-style hot sauce (we used Frank’s RedHot original)
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar (we used light brown sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 12 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves (we used Boston lettuce leaves)
  • Crumbled blue cheese, optional

Directions

  1. Take a large skillet out and add the chicken to it. Crumble the meat and let it cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix the celery and pepper in with the chicken, constantly stirring for 2-3 minutes or until the chicken’s fully cooked and the celery’s crisp-tender.
  2. Excluding the lettuce and blue cheese, mix in the remaining ingredients and bring it up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down so it’s at a simmer and cover with a lid for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend, stirring once in a while. Serve the skillet mixture in the lettuce leaves, topping with the blue cheese afterwards (if you’re using the cheese).
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This was such a delicious, quick and easy recipe to make ! You get some sweetness at first but then you taste the vinegar and the heat as well. We wish it was even spicier but it is nice that you get to taste more than just heat in this dish. We didn’t get any crunch from the celery so you could omit it if you wanted to without it changing how great the meal tastes. The lettuce and blue cheese do help temper the heat of the buffalo chicken (or buffalo turkey in our case). While the blue cheese does pair wonderfully with the buffalo flavor, we think this dish is still great even if you choose to omit the cheese.

This recipe came from Taste of Home.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Taste of Home or Frank’s RedHot.

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Ground Chicken & Chipotle Hard Shell Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 4 Tbsp.) (we ended up using 4 small limes*)
  • 2 tsp. light agave
  • Salt and pepper (we used kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil (we used vegetable oil)
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • A pinch ground cinnamon (we used ¼ tsp.)
  • ½-1 cup chicken stock (we used 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. pureed chipotles in adobo sauce (They say to puree a whole can’s worth  and keep the leftovers in the freezer but we just finely minced 2 tablespoons worth of chipotles in adobo sauce.)
  • 6-8 large flat-bottom hard taco shells (we used regular hard taco shells)
  • For serving: crumbled Cotija cheese or queso fresco or shredded Chihuahua cheese (we used crumbled Cotija cheese), chopped romaine hearts, chopped yellow or green tomatoes (we used green tomatoes), cilantro leaves and green hot sauce (we used green Tabasco sauce)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Take a medium-sized bowl and add to it the red onion, jalapeño, 1 teaspoon of the agave and juice of 1 lime (we accidentally juiced 2 limes), stirring to combine. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, tossing everything together. Let the onion mixture sit for at least a few minutes or until juices start to accumulate. Make sure to stir the onions around again one more time right before serving.
  3. While the onions sit, take a large nonstick skillet out and pour the oil in (making sure that the oil covers the entire bottom of the skillet), setting the heat to medium-high. Once you see the oil rippling and beginning to smoke**, add the chicken in, breaking the meat up into bite-size pieces with a spoon. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes or until browned (our chicken wasn’t browned by the 3-4 minute mark but we decided to move on ‘cause we didn’t want dry chicken). Add the onion, garlic, coriander, cumin and cinnamon and stir constantly for a minute to get the spices toasted. Add in ½ cup of the chicken stock, the 2 tablespoons of chipotle puree, and the remaining agave. Once the mixture’s bubbling, turn the heat down to medium-low. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (we went with 10 minutes) or until all of the flavors have melded and the sauce has thickened, adding in more stock if the mixture gets dry (we added the other ½ cup during the 10 minutes). Stir in the remaining lime juice (we juiced 2 limes for this part), taking the skillet off the heat afterwards. We took a bite at this point and thought it tasted bland so we added in some more kosher salt).
  4. When there’s only 5 to 8 minutes left for the chicken to simmer, place the taco shells on a baking sheet (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil first) and let them bake until golden for 5 to 8 minutes (we went with 8 minutes). Since our shells weren’t flat-bottomed, we flipped them over at the 5 minute mark when we saw they weren’t golden yet.
  5. Fill up the shells with some chicken, adding on the pickled onions, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and hot sauce afterwards.

*Since our limes were small, we had planned on using just one lime for the onions and 2 for the chicken but we accidentally used 2 limes with the onions and decided to still use 2 limes for the chicken.

**We added the chicken in when the oil was hot but not smoking.

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This was a delicious taco ! We loved the heat and acidity in this and the variety of contrasting textures as well.

We got this recipe from Rachael Ray magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Tabasco or Rachael Ray.

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Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 Tbsp. water
    • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
    • ½ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • ¼ cup bread crumbs (we used panko)
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2 scallions, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red chili (we used a Fresno chile), thinly sliced (we left the seeds and ribs in)
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced (we sliced ours on the bias)
  • 4 heads baby bok choy (about 12 oz.) (we used 12 oz. worth of baby bok choy), trimmed, washed and leaves separated

Directions

  1. Start by making the meatballs:
    1. Preheat the broiler. Take a rimmed baking sheet and line it with nonstick foil (we used aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray).
    2. Take a large mixing bowl out and whisk the egg, water, salt and pepper together. Mix in the garlic and cilantro, followed by the bread crumbs. Let the bread crumb mixture rest for 2 minutes. Add in the chicken and mix everything together.
    3. Shape the chicken mixture into 1 ½-in. balls* (roughly 20 total) and place them on the lined baking sheet. Broil for 6 to 8 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked (we cooked ours for 8 minutes, flipping the meatballs over halfway through the cooking time).
  2. Take a large pout out and add the chicken broth, ginger, and red chili to it, turning the heat up high enough for boiling to occur. Add the sliced carrot to the pot, turning the heat down if necessary so that it’s simmering for 1 minute. Add the baby bok choy in, continuing to let it simmer for 2 minutes or until the bok choy just gets tender. Gently stir in the meatballs (so they don’t get broken up) and serve once the meatballs are heated through (only took us a minute or two).

*We filled an 1/8 cup with the meat mixture and got 19 meatballs.

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This was a delicious soup. Having the chili boil in the beginning allowed you to get the heat from the pepper even if you didn’t get an actual slice of the pepper. The meatballs on their own are flavorful but with the rest of the soup, it’s a winning combo. The Fresno chili packed a lot more heat than we thought it would, we loved it ! If you don’t like things to be too spicy, then cut out the seeds and ribs before adding it into the broth. Overall, this was a filling dish that was really tasty.

This recipe came from Woman’s Day.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Woman’s Day.

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Satay Lettuce Wraps

 Ingredients

  • ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil (we used peanut oil)
  • 1 ¼ pound thinly sliced pork or chicken cutlets, or 1 ½ pounds ground pork or chicken (we used ground chicken*)
  • Pepper
  • ¼ pound oyster, baby white, or shiitake mushrooms, chopped or thinly sliced (we went with shiitake mushrooms and thinly sliced them before chopping them up)
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped or thinly sliced (we sliced ours)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • one (1 ½-inch) piece ginger, cut into thin matchsticks or finely chopped (we chopped up our ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice or chicken stock (we used chicken stock)
  • ¼ cup tamari sauce
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce (we used sriracha)
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, core removed and head quartered

Directions

  1. Using a food processor just your knife and arm strength, cut up the peanuts until they look finely chopped.
  2. Take a large-sized skillet out and pour your choice of oil in. The original recipe talks about tilting the pan twice or so at this point but really we think that was their way of trying to tell the reader to make sure the oil coats the inside of the skillet. Once you’ve swirled the oil around, turn up the heat to high and wait for the oil to get hot. Once the oil’s hot, throw your pork or chicken in and cook it for 5 minutes, or however long it takes for the meat to look browned, seasoning the meat with the pepper while it cooks. Next thing to do is toss in the mushrooms, scallions, garlic, and ginger, tossing or stirring all the ingredients around constantly for 2 minutes. After those two minutes pass, move everything in the skillet off to the side or edges so that you can plop the peanut butter down in the center, allowing it to melt. Using a whisk preferably or a fork if you don’t have a whisk, stir in the stock or apple juice, tamari, and your choice of hot sauce to the peanut butter, adding the peanuts to the skillet afterwards. Stir everything in the skillet together at this point, combining the sauce with the skillet mixture.
  3. Take the mixture out of the skillet and place it either in a group serving bowl or into individual bowls so everybody knows they’re getting equal portions. Serve the lettuce cups/wedges alongside the mixture and when you’re ready to eat, simply spoon however much of the mixture you’d like into each lettuce wedge and enjoy !

Serves 4

*We didn’t realize until we got home that the brand of ground chicken we bought adds up to 1% vinegar and rosemary extract. Hopefully it didn’t affect the end results flavor.

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This was a tasty dish that was fun to eat. It had a little saltiness from the tamari and chicken stock, a savory taste from the chopped peanuts as well as the peanut butter, and a faint heat at the end of the bite from the hot sauce. Great thing about this serving style was that everyone else can enjoy a mild heat while you can spread some more hot sauce onto your own portion before chowing down to up the heat level for yourself. The crunch from the lettuce and chopped peanuts was a nice contrast to the rest of the textures in the meal. It was also a pleasant surprise that you really do feel full after eating this dish, no side dishes necessary.

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Thai Coconut Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 green onions (white and green parts), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mirin (rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chicken broth (we used reduced-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (we used light brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl out and add the following ingredients to it, making sure they’re thoroughly mixed together: ground chicken, green onions, garlic, toasted sesame oil, fish sauce, and mirin. Take the meat mixture and produce meatballs that are roughly 1 ½-inches in diameter.
  2. Take a 4 ½-quart slow cooker out and leave it off to the side for now. Take a large skillet out and pour the canola oil into it, setting the heat for medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add the meatballs to the skillet, searing the meatballs on all sides. Transfer the seared meatballs to the slow cooker, followed by the coconut milk, chicken both, curry paste and sugar*. Put the lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on HIGH for 3 ½ to 4 hours. After those 3 ½ to 4 hours have passed, stir in the lime juice.
  3. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until it looks smooth. Stir in additional water** if you need to so that the slurry (the cornstarch/water mixture) has a heavy cream consistency. Stir the slurry into the sauce in the slow cooker and let the dish cook without the lid on for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or however long it takes for the sauce to get a little thicker and evenly coat the meatballs.

*We actually mixed the coconut milk, chicken broth, curry paste and sugar together before pouring it into the slow cooker.

**When we mixed the original amount of cornstarch and water together, it actually seemed thinner than heavy cream so we mixed in an additional teaspoon of cornstarch and called it good there.

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