Christmas Chicken Meatballs with Cranberry and Jalapeno: 5 Ingredients

Five Ingredient Ground Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries and Jalapenos – Fast and festive is the name of this game.

Five ingredient Christmas Chicken Meatballs with Cranberries and Jalapenos

My inspired co-blogger had the most excellent idea of featuring  some 5 minute and/or 5 ingredient recipes this holiday season. I’m happily jumping on board, as we all could use a few simple AND festive ideas this time of year. Some of mine will take a longer cook time, but even for this one, 5 minutes is all you need for the prep – the rest is inactive. And only 5 ingredients, not counting, water, salt and pepper (which, to me, is like including gravity and oxygen – just consider them all a given).

My first offering: these ground chicken meatballs. These could be either an appetizer on toothpicks OR an entree paired with some hearty sides. Either way, a fabulous (and healthy) recipe, perfect for when your holidays are getting hectic. 


1 lb ground chicken
1 large jalapeño, finely diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
4 ir 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten
(1 teaspoon salt, approximately 1/2 teaspoon pepper)

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare a large cookie sheet with a touch of oil or parchment paper/silpat liner. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a cookie dough scoop (or just your hands), measure out meatballs and smooth into solid ball shapes. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until cooked through and starting to brown lightly. You can turn them halfway through if you like, but I enjoyed the contrast with the red cranberries and the green jalapenos with the lightness of the chicken. Christmas!

— posted by Anne

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