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Chicken meatballs on a plate with couscous
Sumac 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, Sumac
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 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
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  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!

Recipe Notes
  • For toasted sesame seeds - use a clean, small pan over medium heat and toast for 1-2 minutes. Careful, they can burn fast!
  • If you can't find ground chicken, ask your butcher. Ground chicken thighs or breast would work in this recipe. Thighs tend to be more flavorful, but both are good. 
  • For gluten free, use gluten free panko. 
Nutrition Facts
Sumac Chicken Meatballs (gluten free option)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 626mg18%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.