Ikea Chicken Meatball Recipe

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Make This Ikea Chicken Meatball Recipe instead of Going to Ikea

You can buy chicken meatballs from the frozen food section at Ikea, but it can be difficult to get to an Ikea. Maybe the closest one to you is hours away, or maybe walking their maze of displays sounds like a chore. Whatever your reason, you’re in luck, because you can make my Ikea Chicken Meatball recipe (and gravy) at home!

Chicken Meatballs are a Healthier Option

This Ikea Chicken Meatball recipe is great for a healthy dinner at home. The meatballs are made of ground chicken breast, which is leaner than beef. Thanks to that leanness, ground chicken is also lower in calories than ground beef. That leaves you with extra calories for gravy and my grönsakskaka side dish.

bowl of meatballs in front of served meatballs and gronsakskaka

The great thing about these chicken meatballs is that they’re no more difficult to make than ground beef meatballs. The process and ingredients are more or less the same, right down to the spicing. I even brown the meatballs in a skillet to give them a brown, crispy exterior that is sure to please. The main difference is that even though I brown these meatballs, I still bake them for 30 minutes. I hadn’t planned on doing this, but the exterior of the chicken meatballs was browning too fast for the internal temperature to reach 165F. And it is critical that chicken cooks through, so I baked them to be safe.

If browning the meatballs in a skillet sounds like more work than you want to do, there is another option. You could just as easily only bake these meatballs. Instead of frying the meatballs, place them on a greased baking sheet and bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165F. You could even spray the meatballs with a little cooking spray to help the exterior brown in the oven. This method may not give you the pan scrapings to use in your gravy, but those aren’t critical to the flavor of the gravy.

Don’t Skimp on the Panko

One and a quarter cup of panko might sound like a lot of panko for this Ikea Chicken Meatball recipe, but believe me, you’ll need it. One of the hardest parts about making chicken meatballs is getting them to stick together in nice balls. They often just don’t want to stay together. Panko eases this problem.

Panko’s large flakes are perfect for absorbing extra juices in the chicken. Once stirred in, it acts as almost a glue for the meatballs. The panko is what holds these meatballs together. Without it, the meatballs would fall apart during cooking, whether you brown them first or just bake them. 

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Tips on the Gravy

In this Ikea Chicken Meatball recipe, I make a pretty standard chicken gravy in the same skillet I browned the meatballs in. This ensures all of the browned bits and their flavors get included in the gravy. I used heavy cream as the cream component instead of milk. This was in part because I had it on hand, but also because it helps to thicken the gravy. Here are a few tips for making your gravy the best it can be.

  • Substitute milk for the heavy cream. Replace the heavy cream with whole milk at a 1:1 ratio, but decrease the amount of chicken stock to only 1 cup.
  • Use a non-stick skillet instead of a saucepan. This is an unusual suggestion, since this recipe uses a roux, which is normally whisked. Over the years I’ve found a fool proof method to make a roux with just a silicone spatula. Add your flour a little at a time and press the flat side of the spatula down over the flour and move it around in the butter, similar to a stirring motion. This disperses the flour and combines it with the butter. Repeat until all of the flour is added and you’re good to go.
  • Soy sauce and dijon mustard flavor this gravy, but can be easily substituted. You could substitute the soy sauce for worcestershire sauce, and the mustard for any mustard you have on hand. I think stone ground mustard would be delicious, but you could even use plain yellow mustard if it’s all you have. You could also leave one of the soy sauce or mustard out, but I recommend adding at least one to the gravy, otherwise it will be rather bland.
served meatballs with bowl of meatballs and leek behind

How to Serve This Ikea Chicken Meatball Recipe

This Ikea Chicken Meatballs recipe is very versatile in terms of serving. The meatballs are not heavily spiced, so they’ll go well in a lot of different meals. See below for some fun serving ideas.

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Ikea Chicken Meatball Recipe

Ikea Chicken Meatballs are easy to make at home and can be served with chicken gravy or marinara sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine European, Swedish
Servings 6
Calories 309 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs

  • 2 lbs Ground chicken
  • ½ Onion finely minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 tbsp Whole milk
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground black pepper

For the Meatball Gravy

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken broth
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Combine all meatball ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.
  • Shape the mixture into small, round meatballs.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Fry the meatballs in batches until they are well browned on all sides. Remove finished meatballs to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Once all of the meatballs are browned, put them into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. This will finish cooking the meatballs and keep them warm until the gravy is ready.
  • To the same skillet, add the butter and melt. Then whisk (or stir vigorously if using a teflon pan) in the all purpose flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. The flour mixture should darken slightly.
  • Add the chicken broth slowly, stirring or whisking continuously until well combined. Stir in the heavy cream, soy sauce, and dijon mustard. Stir well to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve the meatballs covered in gravy with potatoes, noodles, and lingonberry jelly.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 26.9gProtein: 18.2gFat: 14.9gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 460mgPotassium: 351mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 3.2gCalcium: 122mgIron: 5mg
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