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Creamy Swedish-style Meatballs

Creamy Swedish-style Meatballs

These chicken meatballs are a perfect dish to bring to a potluck. They’ll be gone before your eyes, thanks to the rich-tasting but light creamy sauce.


  • Serves: 16
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) ground chicken, lean
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) onion(s), minced
  • 1 egg(s), medium, beaten
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) allspice, ground
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) dill, dried
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) light sour cream
  • 3 cups (750 mL) cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sugar
  • 4 sprigs parsley, fresh (optional)


  1. Add ground chicken, bread crumbs, finely minced onion, beaten egg, milk, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix by hand until just combined (do not over mix).

  2. Divide meat mixture into 4 equal pieces and then divide further into 4 equal size cocktail meatballs – about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Roll in your hands to make compact balls and place on a clean tray.

  3. Combine frozen or fresh cranberries with sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 10 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken and most of the cranberries have burst. Add to slow cooker.

  4. Make roux by heating oil in non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly add chicken stock and stir to incorporate into roux. Heat over medium heat and whisk until sauce bubbles and thickens. Season with Worcestershire sauce, ground black pepper, remaining salt, dill weed and cinnamon and stir thoroughly. Whisk in sour cream. Pour sauce into slow cooker and stir to mix with cranberry sauce.

  5. Place meatballs into slow cooker spacing them so they are not touching each other. Stir gently to coat. Cover; cook on high setting for 1-2 hours until cooked through and temperature of meatballs reach 165°F (74°C).

  6. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-setting for up to 2 hours. Serve as an appetizer piled high on a platter with cocktail picks. Garnish with sprigs of fresh parsley.

This is a healthier version of Swedish meatballs. The fat and saturated fat is reduced by using lean ground chicken instead of the traditional ground beef/pork. Fat is further reduced by not frying the meatballs in butter. Cranberry sauce is added to the sour cream base to lend a beautiful pink color. Serve as a party appetizer or as a main course with mashed potatoes and the cranberry sauce on the side.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 120 g serving Amount
  • Calories 130
  • Protein 7 g
  • Fat 6 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Sodium 120 mg
  • Per 120 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 2
  • Calcium 4
  • Iron 6
  • Vitamin A 0
  • Vitamin C 6
  • Vitamin B6 2
  • Vitamin B12 4
  • Folate 3
  • Magnesium 8
  • Zinc 2

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