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Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs

These Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs are so flavourful! Make them to add to salad rolls, lettuce wraps or summer roll salad dinner bowls. Or serve over rice.

If you’re looking for something delicious and flavourful for dinner (or an appetizer), these Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs are fantastic!

a close up of a bowl of Vietnamese chicken meatballs

About this recipe:

These tasty little bites are filled with flavours of fresh ginger, cilantro, lemon zest and garlic. SO GOOD. This recipe makes a batch of 24 small meatballs which will feed 4 – 5 comfortably. If you want to feed a crowd, make sure to double the recipe.

a close up of a bowl of Vietnamese chicken meatballs next to bowls of peanuts, cabbage and cilantro

They’re perfect for Salad Roll Bowls!

I always make these Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs for my Summer Roll Salad Bowls. They add the MOST delicious flavour to this dinner. You NEED to try these bowls…they’re so so so so good. But here are more serving ideas for these meatballs:

a hand hovering over a bowl filling it with salad ingredients

Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs Recipe Tips:

  • Ground Meat: This recipe calls for ground chicken but you could also use ground turkey or pork.
  • Onion: This recipe calls for green onion, but feel free to substitute with minced shallots or yellow or red onion.
  • Rolling the mixture into meatballs: The mixture can be very sticky so if you can’t roll it it use two spoons two drop a dollop (about 1 inch in size) onto a prepared baking sheet.
a top down image of a baking sheet with uncooked Vietnamese chicken meatballs
Before baking.
a top down image of a baking sheet with cooked Vietnamese chicken meatballs
After baking.
a close up of a bowl of Vietnamese chicken meatballs
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Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs

a close up of a bowl of Vietnamese chicken meatballs

These Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs are so flavourful! Make them to add to salad rolls, lettuce wraps or summer roll salad dinner bowls. Or serve over rice.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 small meatballs 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped (or 1 tbsp finely chopped shallots)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the ground chicken, cilantro, onions, garlic, zest, cornstarch, ginger root and soy sauce.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet by brushing it with oil or lining it with a sheet of parchment paper.
  4. Roll the chicken mixture into 1 inch meatballs. The mixture can be very sticky so if you can’t roll it it use two spoons two drop a dollop (about 1 inch in size) onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once about half way through.

Keywords: Vietnamese meatballs, Vietnamese chicken meatballs, Vietnamese chicken bites

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Note: This recipe was originally published in 2011. I have since updated this post with new images and recipe tips!

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10 Comments

  1. So glad I did a doubletake and read your post title again. The first time I read it, I thought it said “Vietnamese CHILDREN Bites!”
    =O Ewwwww!
    The recipe looks really yummy!

  2. Star Hughes Living wrote:

    Wow, my family would be so impressed with me if I managed to make summer rolls! I can’t wait to try! These pictures look delish!

  3. Hi Jo Anna,
    Your photo’s are beautiful! What a wonderful meal, could you just deliver that to me. It would make me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Oh, oh, oh! I’m so happy I ran across your post! Just yesterday I was wondering what to make for our monthly “Scrabble” get-together and now I know! I’ve made egg rolls and won tons before so I’m fairly sure I can do the spring rolls…and they aren’t FRIED! Nice for our diets. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ll have to thank your mom, too!