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Baked Spicy Chicken Meatballs in Vodka Sauce with Burrata
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Golden brown, tender, juicy BAKED Spicy Chicken Meatballs simmered in a creamy, luscious Vodka Sauce and smothered with oozy burrata and salty parmesan. Plus tips on how to prepare chicken meatballs and tricks to keep them moist! This twist on classic Italian meatballs is easy to make and sure to become a family favorite!
Course: entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked, BBQ Sauce, Burrata, chicken, Easy, meatballs, parmesan, spicy, vodka
Servings: 6
Calories: 544 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 TBS Oil
  • 8 ounces Burrata
Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds Ground Chicken *
  • 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves Garlic – minced & divided
  • 1 TBS Onion Powder
  • 1 TBS Chili Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes divided
  • 2 large Eggs lightly beaten
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Sauce:
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 1 large Shallot – finely diced
  • 1 TBS Tomato Paste
  • 1 (28 ounce) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/3 Cup Vodka
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
Optional for Serving: Fresh Basil, Fresh Parsley, Grated Parmesan, Crusty Artisanal Bread, Cooked Pasta
Instructions
  1. Prepare the meatballs: Place the chicken, panko, 2 cloves of garlic, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, 1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes and eggs in a large bowl along with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon ground pepper. Mix well. Form into golf-ball sized meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each)and transfer to a plastic wrap-lined tray*.
  2. Brown the Meatballs:  Heat oil in a large, oven-proof pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add meatballs to the pan (in batches if necessary to not overcrowd the pan) and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Remove and set aside on clean plate.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Make the sauce: In the same pan you used to cook the meatballs (don’t drain the pan), melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the shallots and cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the tomato paste, remaining 2 cloves of garlic, and ½ teaspoon crushed pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and add in the tomatoes, vodka and a generous pinch of salt. Return to heat and simmer, stirring often, until the alcohol cooks off, about 7 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt.
  6. Add the meatballs back into the sauce and transfer to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and break the burrata on top, evenly distributing it across the pan. Return to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from the oven and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Baked Spicy Chicken Meatballs in Vodka Sauce with Burrata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 251mg 84%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 919mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 22.8%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 26.2%
Iron 13.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.