Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

best paleo recipe for firecracker meatballs

I have 3 requirements for stellar meatballs: 1) they must be tender and moist, 2) they must be flavorful, and 3) they must be simple and easy to make. These Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs deliver on all fronts!

Using a slow cooker to simmer the meatballs in a flavorful sauce for a couple of hours is the key to locking in moisture and knock-your-socks-off flavor. It’s also a bonus that you can ‘set it an forget it’ while in the slow cooker – no need to worry about meatballs getting burned or overcooked!

I served this tasty chicken recipe up as dinner, over a bed of fresh spinach, and B announced that it was my best chicken dish to date! You could just as easily serve this up as a protein-packed appetizer with pretty little toothpicks, or as a snack straight out of the fridge. However you serve it, I hope that you enjoy!

Note about Spice: Yes, these are called Firecracker, and yes we are using some chili paste and some red pepper flakes — however — these meatballs can be as spicy or as mild as you want them to be. With the 2 Tablespoons of chili paste in the sauce it was mild enough for my I-don’t-like-spicy-food 9 year old, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes on top for my make-it-spicier 11 year old, and everyone was happy 🙂
Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
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Serves 8

For the Chicken Meatballs
  • ¼ cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons flax meal
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the Firecracker Sauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons ground fresh chili paste
  • 2 Tablespoons natural ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch granulated garlic
  • crack of sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut aminos
For garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  1. Combine the almond flour, nutritional yeast, flax meal and coconut milk in a large bowl. Stir together and let soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with olive oil.
  3. Add the ground chicken, egg, dried parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and form into 35 meatballs, placing the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. Spray the tops of the meatballs lightly with olive oil.
  4. Place the meatballs under high broil for 5-8 minutes, until lightly browned. Watch closely to avoid burning!
  5. Combine the Firecracker sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker and pour in the Firecracker sauce. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. Serve warm with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

Serving size: 4 meatballs     Calories: 315     Fat: 18g     Carbohydrates: 3g     Sugar: 1g     Sodium: 220mg     Fiber: 2g     Protein: 34g    

best paleo recipe for firecracker meatballs


  • SJ January 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    What can you substitute for worcestershire sauce?

  • Faith June 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    What can I substitute for the yeast?

    • Diana July 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Faith! Thank for your question. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options for substituting nutritional yeast, while sticking to my “hacked” recipe. It is actually a form of yeast that is used as a flavoring agent by some people who do not wish to use cheese. It is not my first choice, but if you do not have any sensitivity to diary, you could use grated parmesan or Romano cheese in this particular recipe. I hope that works! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

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