Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Usually about once a month the girls all get together and one of us will host what we call GNO. Sometimes more than others we will have a theme of some sort. We’ve done Mexican, Italian, dip night etc. I hosted this past event and our theme was balls (not the dirty kind) but basically anything was game as long as it was in the shape of a ball. We had doughnut holes, cookie dough balls, goat cheese balls, cheese balls and macaroni balls bites. I decided I would make meatballs, because everyone likes meatballs, right???? Well these were a big hit.

adapted via Martha Stewart

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs


1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

*sweetened lime juice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together turkey, onion, garlic, salt, and ground pepper until combined (do not overmix). Form into 16 meatballs.meatballs
In a small bowl, stir together honey, chiles, and vinegar.

**I added lime juice to mine because the chipotles were so hot and I’ve heard that sweetened lime juice will tone down the heat, and it worked.

(I heated mine on the stove but you don’t have to)
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In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven, pour honey mixture over meatballs, and swirl skillet to coat; bake until liquid is reduced and meatballs are glazed, 5 minutes, swirling halfway through.

My iPhone photos do not do this recipe justice, trust me.

Give it a try, it was a huge hit and made for some great left overs.

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