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Aleppo Chicken Meatballs

Spicy Aleppo Chicken Meatballs

Do you like your meatballs full of kicky spice and kissed with citrus and finished with a wallop of salty cheese? So do I friends. So, do I. And that’s where a hearty amount of Aleppo pepper flakes comes into these chicken meatballs, with cotija riding its coattails.

For Christmas last year Jedd gave me a massive amount of Aleppo pepper flakes. And by “a lot,” I mean enough for me to play with in everything.

I love to coat chicken breasts in a mix of it with a good amount of Mexican oregano, salt, and white pepper.

Aleppo pepper and lime vinaigrette? That’s the perfect combination on a big ole dinner salad with loads of veggies and thinly sliced chicken.

And don’t get me started on how freaking tasty a quick Wednesday night turkey chili is with Aleppo pepper and chipotles is. It will knock your socks off! (Hello, Socks? Come back! I didn’t mean to knock you off!)

So, if you’re hankering for a good n’ spicy meatball, give these Aleppo chicken meatballs a shot. Whether they’re served on a toothpick on Greek yogurt, on pasta, on pizza, or just snagged off the baking sheet – you’re going to love them.

Aleppo chicken meatballs

These Aleppo chicken meatballs would be fun with these recipes:

Spicy Grilled Mini Pizzas with Parsley Tomato Gremolata

Super Herby (Soft or Crunchy) Breadsticks

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Aleppo Chicken Meatballs

Aleppo Chicken Meatballs

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Author Launie Kettler


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Fit a large, rimmed sheet pan with parchment.
  • In a large bowl stir all of the ingredients together.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Form meatballs into 1 ½-inch balls.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet, approximately ½-inch apart.
  • Bake for 20-25minutes, or until golden brown, and they register 165 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  • Serve on Greek yogurt.

Spicy Aleppo chicken meataballs

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