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Chili Cranberry Fusion Meatballs

Video Title: Chili Cranberry Fusion Meatballs
Video Duration: 0:48
These tangy slow cooker meatballs fuse Asian and Mexican influences for a delectable treat. These sweetly spicy appetizers are a perfect low-maintenance addition to your next party.
Serves: 48
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min


2 lb extra lean ground chicken
2 eggs, medium
½ cup cilantro, fresh, minced
2 slices bread, finely-torn
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp sesame oil, toasted
½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
½ tsp black pepper, freshly-ground
1 can cranberry sauce
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp hot red chili pepper flakes

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Beat eggs and combine with ground chicken, minced cilantro, finely-torn bread, minced garlic, sesame oil, five spice powder and black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well by hand.

  2. Divide meat mixture into 6 equal pieces and then divide each piece further into 6 equal size cocktail meatballs about 1 inch (2.5 cm) each. Roll and place on baking sheet that has been sprayed with vegetable oil.

  3. Bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 15 minutes. Flip them over. Continue cooking meatballs in oven for 10 minutes or until no longer pink inside (meat thermometer registers 165ºF (74ºC). Add to slow cooker.

  4. Combine remaining ingredients for sauce and pour over meatballs. Stir gently to coat.

  5. Cover; cook on high setting for 1-2 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-setting for up to 2 hours.

Helpful Tip

Full of sweet heat! Serve these garlicky meatballs at cocktail hour or over rice as a main course. Double the sauce ingredients and reserve half for dipping as an appetizer.

Nutrition Info

Per 35 g serving Amount
Protein4 g
Fat3 g
Carbohydrate5 g
Sugar4 g
Cholesterol20 mg
Sodium65 mg
Per 35 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin B61
Vitamin B121