Hidden Broccoli Chicken Meatballs


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8 Ratings
Trust us, if we hadn't been here to watch the broccoli going in, we would never have guessed that these chicken meatballs were actually veggie-chicken meatballs! The flavorful sauce will have your whole family going back for seconds!


  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 2 ½ cups cooked broccoli, finely chopped
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp fresh grated ginger, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Sesame seeds or fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, broccoli, bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp of ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and the egg. Mix well. Form into 2-inch meatballs. Place these onto your air fryer oven’s greased mesh racks.
  2. Air fry for 20 minutes at 350°. For best results, the rack position twice during the cooking cycle, ensuring that each rack spends some time on each of the three rack levels.
  3. While your meatballs are cooking, mix the cornstarch and water together to form a slurry.
  4. Add chicken broth, ½ cup soy sauce, 1 Tbsp grated ginger, sherry, sesame oil, sugar, and oyster sauce to saucepan. Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  5. Add cornstarch mix slowly, whisking to combine. Let simmer over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, then remove from heat.
  6. Toss the air fried meatballs with sauce to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds or parsley. Enjoy!