Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Meatballs

Your guests will polish off these spicy meatballs in no time, so you might want to make a double batch!
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Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Meatballs

Recipe by Rochelle Palermo

Start to FinishServings

30 minutes

Makes about 36 meatballs


  • 6 Fresno chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 red Thai chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 2/3 cup olive oil, plus more for frying

  • 2 lb. ground chicken

  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup grated onion

  • 1 large egg 


In food processor, pulse first 4 ingredients and 2 tsp. salt to chop. With machine running, stream in 2/3 cup oil to make piri piri sauce. In bowl, mix chicken, breadcrumbs, onion, and egg with 2 tbsp. sauce; form into 1-inch balls. In skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium-high. In batches, fry meatballs, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer meatballs to bowl. Toss with 2 tbsp. sauce. Serve on platter with toothpicks and remaining sauce for dipping.