Thai-ish Meatballs in Peanut Sauce


  • Makes4 to 4 servings

With a bit of creativity, you can turn a package of humble ground beef, chicken or turkey into a speedy, delicious dinner!


  • 550 g ground chicken, turkey or beef

  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 egg

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp minced or grated fresh ginger

  • 1/4 tsp hot-pepper flakes, (optional)

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a cookie sheet or baking pan.

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, bread crumbs, green onions, cilantro, egg, garlic, soy sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes. Mix well (plastic-gloved hands are excellent for this kind of work) until the ingredients are evenly combined.

  • With wet hands (or with plastic gloves), roll the meat mixture into 1 in. (2 cm) diameter balls. Arrange on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving a little room between them so they brown evenly. Place meatballs in the oven and bake, turning over once, for 30 to 35 min. They should be cooked through and very lightly browned.

  • While the meatballs are baking, combine chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce, peanut butter and cornstarch in a blender (or with a whisk or hand blender). Transfer to a medium-sized saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and begins to thicken.

  • Add the baked meatballs, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring very gently for 5 to 10 min or until the meatballs are lightly glazed with sauce. Serve immediately with plain steamed rice or noodles.

This article was originally published on Apr 01, 2008

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