Chipotle-Chicken Meatballs

Chipotle-Chicken Meatballs
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  • 4Servings


  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package (16 oz.) frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 ounces cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 8 flour tortillas (7-inch), warmed


Preheat the broiler. In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with 1/3 cup water. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat. Transfer to a plate; pour all but 2 tsp. fat into a bowl. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in three-quarters of the garlic, the chiles and 2 tbsp. water, scraping up any browned bits; add to the breadcrumbs and let cool slightly.

Add the chicken, bacon and 1/4 cup cilantro to the breadcrumb mixture; season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 32 meatballs. Broil the meatballs, turning once, until just cooked through, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the reserved bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add the corn and cook undisturbed until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and remaining garlic and cook, stirring, until the cabbage just begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Serve the meatballs in the tortillas with the cabbage slaw.