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ginger chicken meatballs in a cast iron skillet

One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

Incredible one pan ginger chicken meatballs with a Thai inspired peanut sauce. This easy weeknight dinner is loaded with veggies & protein and is perfect for meal prep! Serve with brown rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or your favorite spiralized veggie noodles.

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Meal Prep, One Pan
Cuisine Asian
Keyword ginger chicken meatballs, one pan meal
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 527 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground chicken (or lean ground turkey)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs (or if GF sub 2 tablespoons coconut flour)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup finely diced cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (can also use avocado oil, coconut oil or olive oil)
  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter (just peanuts + salt)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste or sriracha
  • Add-ins:
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas (or edamame)
  • To garnish:
  • Chopped honey roasted peanuts
  • Diced scallions
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Hot sauce, if desired


  1. In a large bowl, add the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper. Use clean hands to mix and form into 16 golf ball sized meatballs.
  2. Place a large deep skillet over medium-high heat and add in sesame oil. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes total. You may need to do this in batches, depending on how many meatballs you can fit in your skillet without overcrowding them. When meatballs are done browning, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add in the coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce and chili paste to the same skillet. Whisk together until well combined. Add in carrots, then add the meatballs back in and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove lid and gently stir in the peas and red bell pepper. Simmer for 5 more minutes uncovered. Serve with brown rice, quinoa or with spiralized zucchini or sweet potato. There will be lots of sauce, which makes it delicious! Garnish with chopped honey-roasted peanuts, scallions, cilantro. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

How to bake then freeze: place your meatballs and peanut sauce in a freezer safe, airtight container or bag and freeze it all for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, let your container of meatballs + sauce thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, and then empty the contents into a pan on the stovetop. Heat them in your pan until they’re nice and warm, and then serve!

How to freeze before baking: form your meatballs as instructed, place them on a baking sheet, and put them in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Then, transfer your frozen meatballs to an airtight, freezer-friendly bag or container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw them, simply place them in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight and then cook them in the peanut sauce as directed in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 310
% Daily Value*
Fat 34.4g53%
Carbohydrates 21.8g7%
Fiber 5.7g24%
Sugar 6.9g8%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.