Chicken and Waffle Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 25 1x

I know you guys have all heard of chicken and waffles…but I can bet you’ve never had Chicken and Waffle Meatballs! Bite sized version of this popular Southern meal!



  • 6 Whole grain waffles, toasted and ground in a food processor


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. waffle crumbs (from the 6 waffles)

Maple-Bourbon Glaze

  • 1/2 t. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 t. fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 c. bourbon
  • 1/4 c. beef broth
  • 1/4 c. teriyaki
  • 1/2 t. sriracha
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 t. wondra flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the ingredients for the chicken meatballs to a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes. While the meatball mixture is chilling you can make the maple-bourbon glaze.
  4. Add the olive oil to a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the crushed garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Next add in the bourbon and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef broth, teriyaki, sriracha, and maple syrup and cook on low for 15 minutes until it reduces. Sprinkle the Wondra flour into the pan and whisk until there are no lumps. Let come to a boil and thicken for 2 minutes then remove to a bowl to cool. Once cooled pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Place the remaining waffle crumbs into a shallow dish. Take a spoonful of the meatball mixture and place it in the waffle crumbs. Repeat until all the meatballs are done.
  6. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with canola oil and fry the meatballs in batches over medium heat until browned.
  7. Put the fried meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 7 minutes until cooked through inside.
  8. Serve with the maple-bourbon glaze.

Recipe Notes

You might want to double the recipe for the glaze!

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven / Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American