Chicken-Mozzarella Poppers with Honey-Jalapeno Glaze

These are a delicious little chicken meatball, of sorts, that are accompanied by a glaze that is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.  Easy enough to make for a quick weeknight meal or as an appetizer, this is a very versatile recipe that would be perfectly suited for kids {or adults} who would prefer spaghetti sauce, sweet and sour, or even honey mustard as the sauce.

A note about ground chicken.  If you are using lean ground chicken such as chicken breast, be careful to ensure it does not get overcooked.

Chicken-Mozzarella Poppers with Honey-Jalapeno Glaze
Source:  lightly adapted from a recipe by Host the Toast

1 lb ground chicken {see note above}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
40 Mozzarella pearls, drained and dabbed dry
oil for pan frying
3 Tablespoons runny honey {microwave for a few seconds if not runny}
1 Tablespoon Jalapeno Tabasco Sauce {chipotle is good too!}

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, salt, garlic powder and onion powder with your hands until well blended.  Roll chicken mixture into balls between your hands, that are slightly larger than the mozzarella pearls.  You should end up with approximately 40 balls.  Push one mozzarella pearl into the center of each ground chicken ball, covering the mozzarella completely with the chicken mixture and re-rolling into a ball.

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or spraying with cooking spray.  Set aside.  Add 2-3 Tablespoons oil to frying pan and heat to medium-high.  Add chicken poppers, being careful to leave a small amount of room around them.  Turn after a minute or two, brown the other side and then remove to prepared cookie sheet.  Continue until all poppers have been browned.  Put cookie sheet in oven and bake 8-10 minutes, careful to not overcook.

In a small bowl stir together the honey and tabasco sauce.  After chicken poppers have been removed from the oven brush glaze over them.  Serve with additional glaze if desired.

1 comment:

Windy Meadows Farm said...

This looks can I not love it? Honey and jalapenos two of my favorites...I'll be trying this recipe! -Mary