Sweet Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries

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Sweet Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries: is a juicy, flavorful recipe perfect for your holiday feasts. They can be made in advance. Serve them as an appetizer or an entree as they are multi-purpose. 

Sweet n Spicy Meatballs with Cranberries: #cranberries #meatball #spicy

Hey Everyone, Hope you’ll are doing good!

I really hope you must have read my previous post about starting a ‘Holiday Series Food Recipes‘ feature from this week to Christmas.

It’s where I’ll share some of my most favorite recipes, along with our popular fusion recipes that are crowd pleasers and that have been made numerous times.

(that goes true with any recipe that’s posted on my site – It’s definitely passed some real stringy-fussy-over-the-moon kinda taste test!)

Ingredients for the Sweet-Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries:

  • Ground Meat, I’m using chicken
  • Cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Ginger+Garlic
  • Seasoning: soy sauce, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Eggs

Before, we go further, here’s a very important question – Who Loves Meatballs?

Especially those juicy, cute lil ones that you can’t just stop gorging upon…I do see some heads nodding in a big bright ‘yes’ 🙂

Well, I love them too and at our place, we must have tried 10-15 different varieties that were all homemade.

It’s like a goto comfort food which serves two purposes, easy to make and can be made beforehand.

How to Make the Sweet-Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries:


Cranberries Chicken Meatballs Process

You can serve them as appetizer or entree or just nosh on it like I did while making them – Lol. 


While our weekend grocery/shopping & quick stopover at Walmart, I picked up some Hunt’s Tomatoes, RO*TEL, MANWICH and couple of cans of PAM cooking spray –

I mean I always love to stock my kitchen pantry with these products as they taste delicious and also saves you a lot of time (cutting/chopping/prepping).

Just open the can, add and move on with the recipe. I mean it happens so many times with me, that I’ve spent more time prepping for the recipe than actually cooking it.

And especially, during holiday’s when we are so pressed on time, these cans are such a boon ….

Oh by the way, did you know PAM actually came out with a ‘Coconut Oil‘ cooking spray too! Isn’t it fantastic – the more the merrier!

That remind’s me, I wanted to share a quick tip with you’ll, especially when sauteing or frying food

: TIP :

If you spray the pan lightly before adding the oil (required for the recipe), the food cooks much more evenly and doesn’t stick or crumble…this is especially handy if making fish.



Sweet-Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries

Now, coming back to our delicious recipe, it’s really easy, just get any choice of ground meat, mix egg, breadcrumbs, seasoning, cranberries, oil.

Then comes the fun part, add some MANWICH into the mixture and form balls, fry and then make the special cranberry sauce (recipe given below).

Mix everything together and serve as per the choice of appetizer or entree.

If serving as an entree, you can pair it with rice/bread/spaghetti or even burger buns.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a very versatile recipe that can also be made in advance and frozen up to 2 weeks.

Before we dive into the recipe details, here’s a picture of where (Walmart Aisle) you can find the products.

Also do visit the Yes You Can link for more fun Holiday recipes.

This recipe can be easily made gluten-free, by adding gluten-free breadcrumbs

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Sweet Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries


Sweet Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries is a juicy, flavorful recipe perfect for your holiday feasts. They can be made in advance. Serve them as an appetizer or an entree as they are multi-purpose. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 Can Hunt's Diced Tomato
  • 1/2 Can RO*TEL - I'm using tomato + green chili option
  • 5 Tbsp MANWICH - any kind you like (I brough original flavor)
  • 1 Can Pam Cooking Spray
  • 1lb Ground Chicken - you can use any meat of choice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs*
  • 1 Large Onion - thinly chopped
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Ginger + Garlic - mashed or grated
  • 5 Tbsp Dried Cranberries - chopped
  • Cilantro for Garnish
  • 3 Tbsp Oil

** For the Sauce **

  • 1 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Honey - use sweetener of choice
  • 2 Tbsp Hot Sauce - use as per choice
  • Salt - as per choice
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, add ground meat, MANWICH, breadcrumbs, egg, 2 tbsp cranberries and mix evenly to form a smooth dough.
  2. Make 15-20 balls (depending on the size you want to make) and then keep aside.
  3. Take a large non-stick pan, spray with PAM cooking spray and then add 1 tbsp oil (let it heat for a minute).
  4. Now, add the meatballs and evenly cook on both sides (it takes 2 minutes to cook 6-7 balls over medium heat).
  5. Follow the step above till all meatballs are cooked and place the cooked meatballs separately.
  6. In the same pan, spray with cooking spray and add the remaining oil.
  7. Now add chopped onion and saute till golden brown.
  8. Add Hunt's diced tomatoes and RO*TEL tomatoes, saute and cook covered over low heat for 3 minutes (or till tomatoes start leaving water on the edges).
  9. Once, the tomatoes are slightly cooked, add all the sauce ingredients, remaining cranberries and cook covered for 3-4 minutes over low heat.
  10. Now, add cooked meatballs and saute everything together for 2 minutes.
  11. If you are serving it as an appetizer, then switch off the heat, transfer to a serving bowl, decorate with some fresh cranberries and serve.
  12. If serving as an entree, you can add 1 cup of water for some sauce and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then serve with choice of sides.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 800mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 53g

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24 Replies to "Sweet Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries"

  • Michelle Ferrand November 16, 2016 (5:39 am)

    That sauce sounds sweet, sticky, AND salty! Yum, they look delicious!

  • Jennifer A Stewart November 15, 2016 (3:17 pm)

    I love the easiness of this recipe and all the flavors! Those cranberries can be tart but I love that you added some soy to balance it out! Can’t wait to make these for Christmas!

  • Erin November 14, 2016 (12:38 am)

    These look great! I serve my Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries. The combination of tart & sweet with the meatballs is so good.

  • Kim @ Three Olives Branch November 13, 2016 (7:28 pm)

    Such a fun idea! I love the addition of cranberries, perfect for the holidays!

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all November 11, 2016 (3:37 pm)

    What a delicious combination! And oh so pretty! I will have to hang on to this recipe so that I can wow guests with it later on in the holiday season!

  • Jennifer A Stewart July 8, 2016 (5:39 pm)

    Loving the ginger and the tart cranberries!

  • Samantha December 22, 2015 (11:58 am)

    YUM! What a fun and festive dish and I LOVE that you incorporated MANWICH for that extra OOMPH! #client

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2015 (3:12 pm)

      Thanks so much Samantha, I’m so glad you liked the recipe – Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Karen D December 20, 2015 (10:32 am)

    I cannot have soy or anything else that has soy in it.. Any ideas what else I can use?

    • Molly Kumar December 21, 2015 (3:22 pm)

      Hi Karen D,
      You can replace soy sauce with balsamic vinegar or any flavored vinegar. Thanks, Molly

  • Kristin December 18, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    This sounds like such an interesting but wonderful combination! Need to save this recipe, thank you!

  • MP December 18, 2015 (3:19 am)

    Quick question…Is the bread crumbs measurement suppose to be 1/2 cup or something else?

    • Molly Kumar December 18, 2015 (3:31 am)

      Hello, the breadcrumbs are 1/2 cup – Thanks Molly.

  • Matt @ Plating Pixels December 17, 2015 (9:21 pm)

    This is such an awesome idea for a holiday twist on meatballs! Plus cranberries are always gorgeous.

    • Molly Kumar December 20, 2015 (2:14 am)

      Thanks Matt – Cranberries just make everything look so festive n yum 🙂

  • Michele December 17, 2015 (5:26 pm)

    Molly! What a great idea for a different fusion sauce… the fish sauce and dried cranberries are so clever. I can’t wait to try these. I pinned this for later.. Thanks! ~m

  • Angelique Campbell December 17, 2015 (2:51 am)

    Oh my goodness these look amazing! I am making them this week – Thank You!

    • Molly Kumar December 17, 2015 (5:32 pm)

      That would be fantastic – Thanks Angelique 🙂

  • Molly Kumar December 16, 2015 (11:04 pm)

    Thanks so much 🙂

  • April Ray December 16, 2015 (9:00 pm)

    So yummy! This is a combination I would have never thought of! Being a terrible cook might have something to do with that too tho! ?

    • Molly Kumar December 16, 2015 (11:05 pm)

      Awee April, you’re too kind 🙂 I’m glad you liked it – Thanks for visiting us – hugs.

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