Honey BBQ Chicken Meatballs

Perfect for game day or other get-to-togethers, these Honey BBQ Chicken meatballs are everything you love about chicken wings with no mess!

Honey BBQ chicken meatballs on a white platter

BBQ Chicken Meatballs

I know, let’s make an appetizer that has all the great things we love about chicken wings – sticky sauce, flavorful chicken, and some kind of dipping sauce – but do it in a way that doesn’t leave our hands, faces, clothes, and couches stained with all of those things that we love about them.

Sound good?

So put the wet naps away because these honey BBQ chicken meatballs will save your clothes, your couch, and maybe your ego. Don’t we all have fears of being that person with chicken wing sauce smeared on our face? Only to discover it, much later at home, long after the party, and then spend the next five years agonizing over the embarrassment and the recurring thought of “why didn’t anyone tell me?”

Seriously, let’s do everyone a favor and make these equally-as-delicious-yet-so-much-easier-to-eat tasty bites.


Some Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ground chicken
  • Things to make the meatballs like an egg, bread crumbs, onions, and garlic.
  • Jarred BBQ sauce. I used Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce and doctored it up with some honey and lemon.
  • Ranch dressing for dipping!

These little BBQ chicken meatball bites are addictive!

One Honey BBQ Chicken Meatball on a toothpick dipped in ranch dressing

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Honey BBQ Chicken Meatballs

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All the things you love about BBQ chicken wings, but meatball style!

  • Author: April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 25 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (see note)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup ranch dressing, for dipping (optional)


  1. In a large bowl combine the egg, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the ground chicken and mix until just combined. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the chicken mixture to form each meatball.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the meatballs and brown them on all sides. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches. Once browned all over remove the meatballs and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, pour in the BBQ sauce and bring to a boil. Scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan using a spatula or wooden spoon. Add the lemon juice and honey. Stir the sauce and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the meatballs to the sauce and gently roll them around to get them fully coated. Let them cook a few more minutes just until they are cooked through (you can always cut into one to make sure it’s not pink inside). Serve them with ranch dressing on the side.


I used Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce, which I think can be found at most grocery stores.

Nutrition estimates do not include the ranch dressing for serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 62
  • Sugar: 5.g
  • Sodium: 150.1mg
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 22.9mg

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  1. Made these for dinner! My husband and toddler loved them. A good recipe for picky eaters and my husbands dairy free diet 😊 delicious!

    1. You can bake the meatballs (I suggest for 20 to 30 minutes at 375 or 400F, but the bake time will depend on how big they are) but you would still want to simmer them in the sauce on the stove at the end. If you try it let me know how it goes –

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