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Gochujang chicken meatballs with scallions over white rice on a plate

Gochujang Chicken Meatballs

Posted by: ari | well seasoned

If you're looking for an easy weeknight recipe, these Gochujang chicken meatballs are the shake up you never knew you needed! Flavored with gochujang sauce, then brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze, these Korean-inspired meatballs come together quickly and taste amazing! Serve with white rice, kimchi, pickled vegetables, and thinly sliced green onions.

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Posted by: ari | well seasoned
Gochujang chicken meatballs with scallions over white rice on a plate
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Gochujang Chicken Meatballs

If you're looking for an easy weeknight recipe, these Gochujang chicken meatballs are the shake up you never knew you needed! Flavored with gochujang sauce, then brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze, these Korean-inspired meatballs come together quickly and taste amazing! Serve with white rice, kimchi, pickled vegetables, and thinly sliced green onions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: korean food, korean meatballs, spicy Korean chicken
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 301kcal

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 ⅓ lb ground chicken dark meat, if possible
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs (NOT panko breadcrumbs, see note)
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt

For the glaze

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For serving, optional

  • White rice
  • Kimchi
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Scallions thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients. Combine all the wet meatball ingredients in the bottom of a large mixing bowl, which helps ensure you never over mix or over work the ground meat. Next, add in the ground chicken and dry ingredients and blend until just combined. (You can also add the wet ingredients on top of the dry; just make sure to mix wet ingredients separately!)
    Mixing ingredients for Korean meatballs
  • Form the Korean meatballs. Use a cookie scoop to portion the meat mixture into meatballs of the same size, roughly 2" round. Gently roll into balls, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Make the sauce. Combine glaze ingredients in a small sauce bowl, then whisk to combine.
  • Broil the meatballs. Cook Gochujang chicken meatballs on high for 6 minutes, flip once, then cook 6 minutes more. 
  • Toss in gochujang sauce. Immediately toss the Korean meatballs in the sauce, coating evenly on all sides.
    Gochujang chicken meatballs in sauce in a bowl
  • Serve immediately. We love serving Gochujang chicken meatballs over fluffy white rice, with kimchi, and pickled carrots and daikon. Garnish with sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onion, then serve immediately!
    Gochujang chicken meatballs over rice with kimchi

Notes

  • Nutrition facts only include meatballs and glaze. 
  • Do not use panko breadcrumbs when making meatballs (any meatball recipe!). Use plain or seasoned breadcrumbs, which will help keep the texture of the meatballs smooth. Panko will create a coarse texture throughout.
  • If using light meat chicken or turkey, check for doneness after 10 minutes, as they are not as moist as dark meat.
  • Recipe can be made with ground beef or ground pork as well.
  • If you want more of a sauce, make sure to spoon the glaze on top of meatballs and/or white rice before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1207mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
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