Firecracker Meatballs with Rice and Green Beans

Firecracker Meatballs

Oh, you guys are going to love this one! Be wary of the spice. Or rather, my meager amount. Add more to your taste! I happened to have sambel oelek instead of sriracha the first several times I made this and much prefer it, but use sriracha if that’s all you have.

Firecracker Meatballs

Firecracker Meatballs with Rice and Green Beans

Servings: 4
Calories: 487kcal
That's quite a spicy meatball!! You'll love the flavor in this healthy dinner. Plan ahead and 95% of the work will be done ahead of time.
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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp green onions about 2-3 green onions
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Sriracha-Lime Sauce

  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 pinch salt

Green Beans

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

For Serving

  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tbsp green onions diced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baked sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients with your hands. Roll the meat mixture into 1-inch balls using either your hands or a a 1 tbsp scoop. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes or until browned.
  • Place all the sriracha-lime sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sauce comes to a light simmer.
  • To make the green beans, place the beans and soy sauce in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until it reaches your desired level of crispness. Drain any extra water and toss with sesame seeds.
  • Place the meatballs and sauce in a large saucepan over medium heat and toss to coat.
  • Serve the meatballs alongside the rice and beans. Drizzle any extra sauce over the plate and garnished with the sliced green onions.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD
  • The meatballs, sauce, and rice can all be made earlier in the week and stored in the fridge.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the meatballs are warmed through. Meanwhile, reheat the rice either by placing it in a medium-sized saucepan, covered, over low heat for ??? minutes or by microwaving it for about 2 minutes.
 
GLUTEN-FREE
  • Sub coconut aminos for soy sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1407mg | Potassium: 940mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1017IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg
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