Sumac Spiced Chicken Meatballs

These sumac spiced chicken meatballs are gluten free and can be made in under 30 minutes! The perfect recipe for a quick and easy family meal #chickenmeatballs #healthyrecipe #migrainediet

Meatballs of any kind are one of my favorite migraine friendly meals. They’re perfect for meal prepping since you can freeze them easily, having them on hand at any time you don’t feel up to cooking. I tend to stick with beef, buffalo, or chicken since I can’t ever find ground turkey without some kind of “natural flavoring” added to it. Using chicken for these really allows the spices to shine. 

The key to this particular recipe is a spice called sumac, and it should be a staple in any Heal Your Headache kitchen. Before Europeans had access to lemons, sumac was used to impart a lemon like flavor to food. It’s bright red look and tart flavor make it perfect for adding to dishes where you can’t use citrus. The spice is especially wonderful in hummus.. You can find it in most Middle Eastern markets or on Amazon, as well as most grocery stores.

I love to serve these with arugula tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper along with some Trader Joe’s Zhoug sauce.

If you’re gluten free, I like to use these bread crumbs. They do contain guar gum and milk. If you’re sensitive or dairy free you could try this brand. Sometimes I just leave it out completely and the meatballs are still good, even if they don’t hold together as well. Chilling your meat for 30 minutes or so before forming the balls will help with that. You can find regular panko without any gums, just be sure to check your labels for other triggers!

These sumac spiced chicken meatballs are gluten free and can be made in under 30 minutes! The perfect recipe for a quick and easy family meal #chickenmeatballs #healthyrecipe #migrainediet

These sumac spiced chicken meatballs are gluten free and can be made in under 30 minutes! The perfect recipe for a quick and easy family meal #chickenmeatballs #healthyrecipe #migrainediet

These sumac spiced chicken meatballs are gluten free and can be made in under 30 minutes! The perfect recipe for a quick and easy family meal #chickenmeatballs #healthyrecipe #migrainediet

4 from 1 vote
These sumac spiced chicken meatballs are gluten free and can be made in under 30 minutes! The perfect recipe for a quick and easy family meal #chickenmeatballs #healthyrecipe #migrainediet
Sumac Spiced Chicken Meatballs (gluten free option)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

These sumac chicken meatballs are so easy! They take under 30 minutes to make and freeze well so you can use them in lunches or dinners the rest of the week. Topped with Trader Joe's Zhoug sauce, it's the perfect weeknight meal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chicken Meatballs, Gluten Free, Spiced, Sumac
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground chicken * Look for organic and/or air chilled. Often your butcher can grind this for you
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small shallot or 1/2 a large, peeled and chopped small
  • 1/2 tsp sumac
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko * See notes for gluten free
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds * You can toast these quickly in a small pan over medium heat 1-2 minutes. Careful, they can burn fast!
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place all your ingredients, except oil, in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands until combined. Cover and chill if you have time. It will make forming the balls a little easier. 

  2. Form the balls into roughly 2" pieces. In a large saute pan, add the olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add your meatballs, giving them enough room to sear properly. Sear on all sides, about 3 minutes total, just until browned but not cooked through. Transfer seared meatballs to a baking sheet.

  3. Once all the meatballs have been seared, bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees till cooked through. 

  4. Top with Trader Joe's Zhoug sauce for an extra kick. These would also be great with hummus or on top of a salad!

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

9 comments

  1. Stefanie Winborne

    Quick question, onions are not allowed, but shallots are?

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Yes! I honestly don’t know why except that I know shallots are more closely related with the things that are allowed – leeks, garlic, green onion, and chives.

      Reply

  2. Allison Dacey

    Thanks so much for the recipe. Your blog has been so helpful as I have just discovered Migraine Strong and everything is very overwhelming! I have some gluten free breadcrumbs by Glutino that only list sugar and cornmeal as ingredients. 🙂

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      You’re welcome, Allison! I’m so glad to hear that. I haven’t seen the glutino ones, I’ll have to look for them!

      Reply

  3. Karen Mizrach

    4 stars
    Loved these meatballs, even though I made a rookie mistake – in mixing all the ingredients together I included the oil! So, I browned without oil. Not quite as pretty , but very tasty. And I love them with the Zhoug Sauce. Thanks

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      I’m sorry about that Karen, I should have specified in the recipe! Thanks for letting me know so I can help someone else.

      Reply

      1. Karen

        No I just didn’t read carefully! The old brain sometimes not as sharp these days. Your recipes are great and have provided me with purpose these last months. Thank you for being there for all of us.

        Reply

  4. Lex Kenyon

    This looks like a great addition to my work lunch list. What does the sauce have in it as wondered if I could replicate it? Thank you

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      You can definitely recreate it! Cookie and Kate has a great recipe here.

      Reply

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