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Baked Chicken Apple Meatballs

Baked Chicken Apple Meatballs burst with fall flavor thanks to dried apple pieces and fresh sage. Applesauce and sage-infused olive oil keep these baked meatballs juicy, never dry.

Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 (about 20 meatballs)
Calories 275 kcal
Author Tara Leung


  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dried apple rings
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Mix breadcrumbs and applesauce together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sage and cook for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat and wait for it to cool slightly.

  4. Add all remaining ingredients, breadcrumbs with applesauce, and olive oil with sage to a large bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated, but do not overmix. Form meatballs that are about 1-1.5 inch in diameter and space out on prepared sheet. (You can spray some cooking spray on your hands or food prep gloves to prevent the meat from sticking.)

  5. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes, until meatballs reach internal temperature of 165 degrees.