These Whole30 Mango + Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs from the Whole Smiths are always a crowd pleaser. Not only are they bursting with flavor but are easy to make and GREAT for leftovers.
The Evolution of the Whole30 Mango + Jalapeño Chicken Meatball.
Sometimes a recipe comes along and it’s an instant classic. These Whole30 Mango + Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs are just that. In fact, I’d say it just may be the recipe that first put The Whole Smiths on the map. I first made them in the earliest days of The Whole Smiths and was so pumped at just how much flavor I was able to pack into one tiny little ball of meat.
And apparently you all were as well! It quickly became a hit on Instagram (back when there were no algorithms and the timeline was chronological) and popular within the Whole30 community as they were an easy, compliant option for an easy dinner. This is the third time updated and reshot the photos for this recipe. Truth be told, it’s given me so much satisfaction to see how much I’ve grown as a photographer and recipe developer over the years and I’m so please to be able to continually give you the best possible recipe for these little guys.
But you don’t care about that. You’re here for the recipe so let’s go.
Meatball Best Practices.
I saw some frozen mango in our freezer yesterday and it instantly hit me. Mangoes, jalapeño & cilantro. Perfect! #Summeriscoming so that made the combo even better. (Seriously, does ANYONE get that tag?? Comment if you do.)
You’ll be amazed at how moist these meatballs come out and just how much flavor you can pack into them. Just know that chicken meatballs are going to have a different consistency than beef or pork meatballs as the ground chicken has a much looser, wetter consistency. Particularly if you choose ground thigh vs. ground breast meat. Because of that, they sometimes end up seeming more like chicken “mounds”. While I’m usually a thing gal, I say to stick to the ground breast meat for this one. I’ve made these a million times and I think it just comes down to what type of ground chicken you use, my best results have always come from the breast meat. But never fear, even if they don’t end up perfectly sphered, they will be just as delicious! I served them tonight atop of some mashed cauliflower and it was a great combo.
My final tip is that these make a LOT. You will most definitely have leftovers. So if you’re just cooking for yourself and don’t need leftovers for days, simply halve the recipe.
* I mixed all of the ingredients first without the jalapeños so I could scoop some out for the kids. Once I did that I added the jalepeños into ours. While I am usually against making any spacial meals for the kids, I did use this modification. As well, feel free to up the jalapeños on yours if you like some heat as this recipe isn’t too spicy.
If you’re looking for anther meatball recipes loaded up with flavor, make sure you check out my Thai Basil Meatballs + “Peanut” Dipping Sauce.
Don’t forget to Pin the image below to save the recipe for later! Enjoy!
Whole30 Mango Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs
- 2 pounds ground chicken
- 2 cup mangoes diced small, about 1 cup
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 3 eggs beaten
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 jalapeño finely chopped
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup oil for frying coconut oil or avocado oil are my favorite
- Add all ingredients (except for the cooking oil for frying) into a bowl and combine thoroughly.
- Once combined, roll about 2 tablespoon of the meat mixture into balls.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the cooking oil to the pan.
- When the oil is hot, carefully add the meatballs into the pan. You will likely need to do this in batches.
- Cook each side one the meatball for about 3 to 4 minutes until it is lightly browned on the outside and cooked fully on the inside.
- Remove the meatballs onto a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.
- Serve and enjoy!