Coconut Chicken Meatballs

These Coconut Chicken Meatballs are fried to a golden perfection! Everyone will be asking you for this meatball recipe, it’s super fun for parties and holidays!

coconut chicken meatballs with pineapple garnish

Coconut Chicken Meatballs

These Coconut Chicken Meatballs are going to be the start of your next party! A crispy, fried chicken meatball with a sweet coconut crust.

Inside you’ll get a juicy, tropical chicken meatball that’s bursting with flavor. Garnish these meatballs with a small wedge of pineapple and you’ve got yourself a party.

One of the things I’ve learned since cooking in the last year is how to fry something the right way. I had no idea before that there was a right way and a wrong way to fry, but I guess there’s a right and wrong way to do just about anything.

These fried chicken meatballs are one of my favorite appetizers to serve at parties. Everyone flips for these meatballs and I can guarantee you, you had better have the recipe ready to hand out.

fried meatballs with pineapple garnish

How Do You Make Coconut Chicken Meatballs?

Start heating up a pot with oil over medium heat. If you have a thermometer that clips on the side of your pot it’s going to really help to know when the oil is the right temperature.

These meatballs fry at a lower temperature than most deep fryer recipes. You want the chicken to cook through (obviously) but not burn the coconut breading.

Mix up the filling for the meatballs and let the mixture sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend together.

I used a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop to portion out the meatballs, you’ll end up with about 24 meatballs. I emptied the scoop right into my coconut/breadcrumb mixture and tossed it around before I picked it up.

The chicken mixture will be wet and stick to your hands, so this is the easiest method for breading the meatballs.

chicken meatballs on a baking sheet

Once the oil gets to about 325 degrees add in your first batch of meatballs. Usually you would fry at a little higher temperature but you don’t want the coconut to burn so I knocked the heat down. Give them 3-4 minutes, turning them around about halfway through.

Drain the fried meatballs on paper towel lined plates and start your next batch. You might have to wait until your oil comes to temperature again to start frying properly.

coconut chicken meatballs on serving platter

Try out these Coconut Chicken meatballs for dinner or you next party – don’t be afraid of the deep fry, just deep fry right. There’s even a healthy slice of pineapple on top for you.

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Coconut Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Coconut Chicken Meatballs are fried to a golden perfection! Everyone will be asking for this recipe, it’s so fun for parties and holidays!



  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. crushed pineapple, drained (reserving juice from can)
  • 3/4 c. regular breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 2 T. reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 c. coconut flakes (sweetened)
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying


  1. Mix the ground chicken, 1 egg, crushed pineapple, breadcrumbs, garlic and onion powders, salt and the pineapple juice together in a bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Set a large pot filled halfway with oil to heat over medium heat. While the oil is heating start scooping out the meatballs.
  3. Set out 3 bowls for coating the meatballs, one with an egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water, another with the flour and another with the panko breadcrumbs and coconut flakes combined together.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 T. scoop, portion out a meatball and dip it first in the flour, shaking off any excess, then in the egg and then in the panko/coconut mixture.
  5. Place on a sheet tray or a board and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. Once the oil comes to 325 degrees carefully place in a few meatballs at a time, being careful not to crowd the pot.
  7. Fry the meatballs for 3-4 minutes, then remove one and cut into it to make sure the mixture is cooked through and no pink remains.
  8. Place the meatballs on a plate lined with paper towels and repeat until all the meatballs are fried.
  9. Serve with toothpicks and a piece of pineapple if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can keep these meatballs in the oven at 250º for up to an hour.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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