One Skillet Curried Chicken Meatballs

November 15, 2016

After a long (albeit wonderful) Thanksgiving holiday weekend packed with tons of cooking, I yearn for a simple dinner recipe that requires minimal prep and dishwashing. These easy Curried Chicken Meatballs from Chef/Restaurateur Hari Nayak are full of flavor and aromatic spices yet takes less than 30 minutes to make. Ground chicken is combined with freshly chopped cilantro, onions, fresh ginger, garlic, bread crumbs, and egg then formed into meatballs. The curry sauce is a fragrant blend of sautéed onion, finely chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, ginger, and garlic that is reduced down to a paste. Finally, along with a bit of water, curry powder is added to the paste, melding the flavors together to create a luscious sauce. The meatballs are added to the skillet and covered for about 15 minutes until the dish is done. Serve it with fluffy basmati rice and a side of cucumber mint raita.

Curried Chicken Meatballs
Created by Chef Hari Nayak
Serves: 2

12 ounces ground chicken
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stalks, chopped
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 small egg, whisked
¼ cup dried bread crumbs
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil
2 tomatoes (about ¾ lb / 350g), finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
1 ½ cups water
½ tablespoon curry powder
Salt to taste


In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, half the cilantro, half the onions, one tablespoon of minced ginger, one tablespoon of minced garlic, egg, bread crumbs and salt. Mix well using your hands. Dip your hands in water and form about 30 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball. Place on a prepared tray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.

Heat the oil in a large, deep nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining chopped onion, and cook stirring often until the onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Add the finely chopped tomatoes, ginger, and garlic to the pan. Cook stirring over a medium heat until the oil comes to the surface, about 7-8 minutes, then add 1 cup of the water and continue cooking until all the water has evaporated.

Stir-fry this paste for about 3 minutes, and then add the curry powder and salt. Add the remaining water, cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5-6 minutes.

Add the meatballs to the pan, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan every so often; but do not stir, as the meatballs could break. Add the remaining cilantro, stir the meatballs gently. Serve hot.

About this recipe: By Chef Nayak | Photo © Max Flatow
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham has teamed up with renowned chefs Hari Nayak and James Rigato to create custom recipes for guests to make in their Hawthorn Suites kitchenettes. The Homemade@Hawthorn collection of easy recipes can be found here. All 14 recipes are designed for the home chef, using simple and fresh ingredients, and range from healthy to hearty. They take under 55 minutes to make with the majority using under 10 ingredients.