BBQ Chicken Meatballs


These meatballs are actually inspired by the gluten-free BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, which was always one of my favorite all-time pizzas. Take the toppings of that pizza – chicken, cilantro, red onion, and BBQ sauce – and combine them into meatballs! These would be great grilled, but I don’t have a grill, so I use the stove top. You can also place them on a baking sheet (lined with parchment or foil for easy cleanup) and bake them for about 15-20 minutes at 350F. Top with some extra BBQ sauce for serving!

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BBQ Chicken Meatballs
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Serves: 4 servings
  1. Combine the chicken, barbecue sauce, cilantro, and red onion and form into 1-inch balls.
  2. Heat the cooking fat in a skillet over medium heat and saute the meatballs until cooked through, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


About Christina Feindel

Christina Feindel came to the AIP after she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, Celiac, and Interstitial Cystitis in her early twenties after more than a decade of declining health. As her degenerative and debilitating symptoms began disappearing, Christina began sharing recipes and experiences at A Clean Plate and is now the author of several healthy e-books. Christina believes that good, healthy food should be accessible and appealing to anyone on any budget, with any amount of time, and with the bare minimum of ingredients. She also believes that any illness can be improved or even eliminated by starting with a clean plate. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  • Kelly says

    These look delish! Where can I buy the AIP BBQ sauce?

    • Christina Feindel says

      You’ll have to make your own using the recipe linked to or any other AIP BBQ sauce recipe (there are several floating around out there).

  • Marcia says

    Christina, I just made these and OMG, they are fabulous. I had to tell you before I even clean up. Might need to make these every week. Thank you!

    • evrevs says

      Marcia, did you use ground chicken breast (white meat) or thigh (dark meat)? I’m undecided on which to try and want to make these this weekend!

  • Sara says

    Hi there…being strict AIP myself…what do you eat these with? I’m finding the only side I’m eating pretty much is sweet potato…other than veggies that is. Could use some other ideas.

  • YFulciniti says

    The sauce on these was terrific. The meatballs were very good with one tweak, I cooked the first batch and they REALLY needed seasoning with sea salt.

    So, my advice is to add 1 tsp to 1-1/4 tsp of sea salt to the chicken mixture of cilantro, onion and sauce and mix well. Really good, we enjoyed them.

  • Lizabeth Ellison says

    For those of us who don’t understand the obsessive use of cilantro bcuz it tastes awful (its scientifically proven to effect lots of people) is there an alternative flavor additive like fresh parsley? The recipe is good other than that.

  • Robin says

    Hello! I would like to have the nutrient content (especially net carb count) for the meatballs and also for the BBQ sauce individually. I am trying to watch my carb count. Thank you!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Robin! We don’t offer nutritional info for our recipes, but they can easily be plugged into a nutrition calculator for those details.

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