Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with Green Sauce (Drop Meatballs)

These PERUVIAN CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH GREEN SAUCE are the perfect holiday or Super Bowl appetizer! The Peruvian green sauce, made with a parsley base, is just the right amount of spicy. The drop meatballs are just the right amount of easy. It comes together to create the perfect recipe!

Peruvian Chicken Meatballs on a serving platter

Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Peruvian Chicken Meatballs are so delicious, especially when paired with this amazing green sauce recipe. Easy drop meatballs make the perfect easy appetizer!

My mom makes this AMAZING Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce, and it’s a big family favorite. It’s such a simple recipe, but it’s so full of flavor you wouldn’t believe it. For this holiday season, we thought it would be so good in appetizer form!

We have been on a bit of a meatball kick lately, so I thought that would be the perfect way to turn this favorite recipe into a snackable hit. These Chicken Meatballs are extra easy, because they’re DROP MEATBALLS, which means you don’t have to get your hands as dirty. I really appreciate that, because making meatballs can be less than pleasant sometimes…

These Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with Green Sauce should be at all of your holiday parties this year: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, all of them. I promise they’ll be a huge hit!

Make these Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with an amazing Green Sauce to serve at your next party. Drop Meatballs make the perfect appetizer for any occasion!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Peruvian Green Sauce

These PERUVIAN DROP MEATBALLS WITH GREEN SAUCE are the perfect holiday or Super Bowl appetizer! The green sauce, made with a parsley base, is just the right amount of spice. The meatballs are just the right amount of easy. Enjoy!

Peruvian Green Sauce

You guys, this green sauce is AMAZING. It’s easier to just call it green sauce, instead of calling it THE MOST AMAZING SAUCE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD MADE WITH CILANTRO, BASIL, JALAPENO, and so much more. It’s one of my favorite sauces ever, and I know you’re going to love it. We are just so addicted! I love it so much, I wrote a full recipe about this green Aji Verde Sauce here. Get more details on how to make this and some other ways to use it!

Easy Drop Meatballs (Chicken, Turkey, or Beef)

I love these delicious drop meatballs paired with the green sauce. I used chicken, but you can also use turkey or beef if you prefer. No matter what kind of meat you use, this recipe comes out tasting amazing!

The drop meatballs are super easy to make, and less messy than regular meatballs too. Use a small scoop to make 1-inch chicken meatballs, then DROP them onto a baking sheet to cook. No messy hands here!

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Easy Drop Meatballs on a serving platter, with green sauce

These PERUVIAN DROP MEATBALLS WITH GREEN SAUCE are the perfect holiday or Super Bowl appetizer! The green sauce, made with a parsley base, is just the right amount of spice. The meatballs are just the right amount of easy. Enjoy!

It’s important to have amazing appetizers on hand for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s even more important to have amazing appetizers on hand for the Super Bowl! (which will be here before we all know it) Bookmark this Chicken Meatball recipe, because I have a feeling it will be a family favorite for you, just like it is for us.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with Green Sauce. Enjoy!

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Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with Green Sauce
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
These PERUVIAN CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH GREEN SAUCE are the perfect holiday or Super Bowl appetizer! The Peruvian green sauce, made with a parsley base, is just the right amount of spicy. The drop meatballs are just the right amount of easy.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, peruvian sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
Ingredients
For the Meatballs:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1- teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1- teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1- tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1- teaspoon ginger paste or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Sauce
Instructions
For the Green Sauce:
  1. Combine all ingredients except the mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt) in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, a blender or a stick blender. If using a food processor (see note below), process on HIGH until a smooth paste forms. This could take a few minutes. Pause every minute to push the paste down from the sides with a rubber spatula. Once a smooth paste is created, add the oil with the processor on HIGH and process until paste is fully homogenous. Taste and, if necessary, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. *Note – if using a blender or a stick blender, add all except the mayonnaise. After the paste forms, add the mayonnaise or Greek yogurt and process 2 minutes on HIGH.
  3. Using a blender or stick blender creates a smoother paste.
  4. Refrigerate and reheat if using at a later date.
For the Peruvian Meatballs:
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix gently until all ingredients are well incorporated. Cover and refrigerate 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. After meat has been seasoned at least 30 minutes, remove it from the refrigerator. Scoop the ground chicken with a 1-inch scoop and drop the “meatballs” onto the prepared baking sheet with 1 inch between each meatball. Place the meatballs in the preheated oven and bake 12-15 minutes until meatballs are just cooked through. Do not overbake.
  4. Remove meatballs from oven.
To serve:
  1. Pour enough sauce in a small skillet to cover the bottom of the pan. Place the meatballs over the green sauce and cook over medium-low heat until sauce is heated through and meatballs are hot.
  2. Drizzle the tops of the meatballs with green sauce and serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!
  4. *The meatballs can be made up to two days ahead and the sauce up to 5 days ahead.

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Nutrition Facts
Peruvian Chicken Meatballs with Green Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 82mg 3%
Potassium 610mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Jennifer @ Because Food Is Love
These look delicious! Especially the green sauce. I've never made a sauce like it. Thanks for the share.
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