Chicken Satay Meatball Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free


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I know you’re probably sick to death of poultry right now, but I promise that these low carb meatballs in no way resemble anything related to a traditional turkey dinner!

Tender and flavorful, the ground chicken (or turkey) is seasoned with ginger, chilis, and garam masala (among other things.)  Then the meatballs are baked and slathered in this highly addicting low carb satay sauce.

A little spicy and a lot delicious, these silky meatballs are both comforting and exciting to eat.  If you enjoy Thai flavors you are going to love this recipe!

I ate these cold out of the fridge the next day and they were STILL fantastic!  That’s when you know a recipe is good people!!!  BTW am I the only one who eats random things cold out of the fridge for breakfast the next day?  Inquiring minds want to know (ie. how crazy am I on a scale of 1 to 10?)

The satay sauce can be made with either peanut butter or almond butter depending on your dietary/allergy requirements.  I’ve tried it both ways and it’s equally scrumptious with either.

a low carb meatball recipe from mellissa sevigny

You can also use this sauce as a fun twist on salad dressing, or for these braided chicken skewers which can be baked or grilled according to your preference!

These low carb and gluten free meatballs are perfect for a party appetizer, snack, or even as a main dish.  To make them into a complete meal try serving them alongside some tandoori cauliflower and spicy sriracha roasted broccoli!
a low carb recipe for chicken satay meatballs from mellissa sevigny

Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts or almonds depending on which you are using for the sauce.

Chicken Satay Meatball Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

Yield: 16 meatballs (four servings)

Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Chicken Satay Meatball Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

A Thai-inspired recipe for Low Carb and Gluten Free Chicken Satay Meatballs. The perfect party appetizer!


    For the Meatballs:
  • 1lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili peppers, minced (red chilis or serranos will work)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce or coconut aminos
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut or almond butter (sugar free)
  • 2 Tbl fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 Tbl fish sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbl lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 Tbl water
  • 1 Tbl coconut milk
  • 1 tsp (or more) chilis, minced (serrano, habanero, or thai red chilis)
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (optional thickener)


    For the Meatballs:
  • Combine all of the meatball ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix gently but thoroughly. Form into 16 meatballs and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Toss gently in the satay sauce and serve warm garnished with chopped cilantro and toasted peanuts or almonds.
  • For the Sauce:
  • Combine all of your satay sauce ingredients in a blender or magic bullet. Blend until completely smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings for your preference (ie, sweeter, saltier, spicier).


Approximate nutrition information per serving

4 “naked” meatballs: 219 calories, 8g fat, 1.5g net carbs, 8g protein

4 meatballs w/ almond sauce: 326 calories, 17g fat, 3.75g net carbs, 12g protein

4 meatballs w/ peanut sauce: 336 calories, 17g fat, 4.75g net carbs, 12g protein

low carb meatball recipe from Mellissa Sevigny

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  1. Donna

    Cold “leftovers” retrieved from the fridge are OFTEN go-to brekkies or quick lunch fare for me!..No…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Hee…

    This looks positively scrumptious…and a warming, “saucy” affair that begs to be concocted! I have some garam masala just waiting for this treatment. HOW do you manage to be so consistently creative in the culinary department with the mad rush of the holidays upon us?! I am so impressed and extremely grateful for your answers to my perpetual self-question of “What Do I Make For Dinner?!” quandaries. Thank you!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-04-2013

      Thanks for validating my crazy cold breakfast habit Donna! ha ha! Happy to help you figure out what to make for dinner! So far the meatball ideas just keep coming, but I wonder if one day I’ll get meatball block. Time will tell! ;)

  2. Judy @Savoring Today
    Judy @Savoring Today12-03-2013

    Absolutely brilliant! Pinning and bookmarking, can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-04-2013

      Thanks Judy – I hope you like these! They were a big hit at our house!

  3. Chocolate Rose
    Chocolate Rose12-03-2013

    I’m wondering if it would be possible to keep the meatballs and sauce warm in a crock pot. I need something to take to a work potluck and am thinking this would be great. What do you think?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-04-2013

      I don’t see why not! Possibly use a little less xanthan gum (or none at all) in the sauce so that it doesn’t get too thick while sitting, otherwise this would be a perfect recipe to keep warm in the crockpot! Hope they are a hit at your potluck!

      • Chocolate Rose
        Chocolate Rose12-04-2013


  4. Kate Koger
    Kate Koger12-13-2013

    These are our meatball Monday dinner next week!!! These sound amazing!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-14-2013

      Hope these are a hit Kate! Let me know how they go over with the family!!!

  5. Elissa

    In cooking for the week last night, This is one of the recipes I made. The meatballs by themselves are delicious. The sauce has good flavor but I think next time I will eliminate the xantham gum. It gave the sauce a bit of a slimy texture.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-13-2014

      Thanks for letting me know Elissa! The xanthan can have a weird texture and it’s perfectly fine to leave it out!

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