Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs


Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs combine the bold and aromatic flavors of Thai cuisine into juicy, flavorful meatballs. These meatballs are infused with Thai red curry paste, ginger, garlic, and cilantro, then simmered in a creamy coconut milk sauce with red bell peppers and peas. This dish is perfect for those who love the rich, spicy flavors of Thai food but want something a little different from traditional curry. Serve these meatballs over rice or noodles, or enjoy them on their own for a delicious and satisfying meal that is sure to impress.


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • Additional cilantro for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Mix the Meatball Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, Thai red curry paste, fish sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed and the mixture is cohesive.

Step 2: Form the Meatballs

Using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture per meatball, form the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the meatballs on a plate or baking sheet.

Step 3: Brown the Meatballs

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs to the skillet. Cook the meatballs for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are browned on all sides.

Step 4: Add Coconut Milk and Vegetables

Pour the coconut milk into the skillet with the meatballs. Add the sliced red bell pepper and peas. Stir gently to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Step 5: Simmer the Meatballs

Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to ensure the meatballs cook evenly and the sauce does not stick to the skillet.

Step 6: Serve

Serve the Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs hot, garnished with additional chopped cilantro if desired. These meatballs are delicious on their own or served over rice or noodles.

Cooking Note

  • Ground Chicken: Use ground chicken with a bit of fat for juicier meatballs. If you prefer, you can use a mix of ground chicken and turkey.
  • Curry Paste: Adjust the amount of Thai red curry paste to your preferred spice level. If you like it spicier, add more paste.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables like snap peas, carrots, or baby corn to the curry for extra flavor and nutrition.

Serving Suggestions

These Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs are versatile and can be paired with a variety of sides:

  • Rice: Serve over steamed jasmine rice or brown rice to soak up the flavorful sauce.
  • Noodles: Pair with rice noodles or egg noodles for a hearty, noodle-based dish.
  • Bread: Serve with naan or flatbread to dip into the curry sauce.
  • Salad: A fresh cucumber salad can add a refreshing contrast to the rich curry.


  1. Uniform Meatballs: Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to ensure all meatballs are the same size, which helps them cook evenly.
  2. Make Ahead: You can prepare the meatball mixture and form the meatballs ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator for up to a day before cooking.
  3. Extra Sauce: If you like more sauce, feel free to double the coconut milk and curry paste. It’s perfect for drizzling over sides or sopping up with bread.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  5. Freeze: This curry freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Prep Time

  • 20 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 25 minutes

Total Time

  • 45 minutes

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: Approximately 350
  • Protein: 24 grams
  • Sodium: 600 milligrams


Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs are a delicious and innovative way to enjoy the rich flavors of Thai cuisine. The combination of spicy red curry paste, creamy coconut milk, and fresh vegetables creates a dish that is both comforting and exciting. These meatballs are easy to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Serve them with rice or noodles, and enjoy a taste of Thailand from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re a fan of traditional curry or looking for something new, these meatballs are sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.

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