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Lemon Cilantro Chicken Meatballs. www.keviniscooking.com
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Lemon Chicken Meatballs

These Lemon Chicken Meatballs get a surprising crunch from water chestnuts, Asian spices and are simmered in a beautiful lemon and cilantro sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: asian meatballs, chicken meatball recipe, easy meatball recipe, lemon chicken recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 324kcal


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz water chestnuts chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • zest of half a lemon
  • Lemon Sauce:
  • 1 large lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon diced (optional)


  • Place ground chicken in a bowl and add a beaten egg, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fresh ginger, Chinese Five Spice and ground white pepper. Using my hands to incorporate.
  • Add Panko breadcrumbs, half a can of chopped water chestnuts, chopped cilantro and the zest of half a lemon. Mix to incorporate.
  • Roll or scoop into meatballs and brown on all sides in a skillet with some oil.

  • Lemon Sauce:
  • Place the juice from a large lemon, chicken stock, cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, fresh ground ginger and pinch of white pepper in a saucepan. Whisk together over medium heat until thickened. Add the diced 1/2 lemon pieces (optional). Pour over the meatballs and cover with lid to steam 3 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro over meatballs. Serve with steamed rice.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.6g | Protein: 24.3g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 138.4mg | Sodium: 951.7mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 6g