Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce

Let me tell you friends this has been a long couple of weeks here in Michigan. You’d think we’d be pros at dealing with winter and everything that it hands to us, we really should. 

We had such an easy beginning to winter that when it did find us, it hit hard. In the course of three weeks, my kids had 7 “inclement weather” days. 

Everything hit us from snow to ice to the dreaded “Polar Vortex”, which I hope to never experience again, it was brutal. What this means is that we’ve spent a lot of time in the house and craving comforting dishes.

 

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

 

This brings me to the very latest edition of FREAKY FRIDAY, and one comfortingly delicious recipe!!! If you’ve been a follower for some time you may be familiar with Freaky Friday. If not allow me to give you the details.

We get together with some of our blogging friends, a date is chosen and each blogger is assigned another blogger from the group. You pick a recipe from their website to remake for your blog and then there’s a big reveal on Freaky Friday.

The fun part is you keep everything secret, Shhhh! No one knows who is assigned who (except for our fearless leader Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart) and doles out our assignments.

 

This round I was assigned:

Lemon Blossoms

This is my first time being assigned to this amazing site. Lemon Blossoms is the brainchild of Kathy, who is one talented lady. I was a bit intimidated when I received this assignment. Kathy has some serious kitchen skills having graduated from culinary school working for The Food Network and for Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.

As I perused the recipes on Lemon Blossoms I found Kathy’s recipes to be approachable. There was no reason to be intimidated with her easy to follow directions. Some of the recipes that certainly caught my eye were delicious posts such as Creamy Shrimp Scampi Dip, Instant Pot BBQ Brisket, and Cuban Mojo Chicken. Be sure to check out her site, you’ll find all sorts of amazing recipes that you’ll want to try.

Ultimately I chose to make her Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Sauce. Not only are they delicious, but this is also a one-pan meal…winner winner!

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Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

 

This recipe begins with ground chicken which gets blended with some traditional meatball components such as egg and Panko breadcrumbs. Add in some additional flavors like Cajun seasoning and you have some tasty meatballs.

The meatballs on their own are amazing but wait, we aren’t done! Add to them a simply scrumptious creamy sauce which coats the meatballs, sending their level of delish over the top. YUM!

 

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

 

What do you need to make Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce?

  • Ground chicken
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Cream
  • Chicken broth
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper (see below)

 

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

Some tips for making Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce:

  • Use a scoop! I used a 1″ and then hand rolled after scooping to finish shaping the meatballs.
  • Big family? Double the recipe, this served 4 in my house.
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth to reduce the chance of an overly salty dish.
  • Serve over rice or Angel Hair pasta.

 

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

 

There are two changes that I made to Kathy’s original recipe. Remember the weather issues I stated above? Well, I mistakenly forgot to purchase red bell pepper on the day I was taking final shots of this post. Ice was an issue on the roads and I was not going back to the store.

I resorted to substituting jarred roasted bell pepper and the result was AMAZING. As a matter of personal preference, I am listing roasted bell pepper in the recipe below. Use what your family likes, they will turn out amazing either way. 

The other change I made was using less Cajun seasoning based upon her notes within her original recipe. I did this for a couple of reasons, namely reducing the amount of sodium and “heat”. My younger kids gobbled these up, no issue being too spicy.

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

 

Make these…trust me, they are simple, delicious and have just the right amount of kick! My 10 yr old has already requested I prepare them again and I agreed wholeheartedly. Thank you Kathy!

Scroll all the way down to find all the recipes in this edition of Freaky Friday. You don’t want to miss any of them!

Other great recipes from Freaky Friday events:

Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Raspberry Daiquiri Pie

Raspberry Daiquiri Pie brings the best of dessert and a cocktail to your plate! Fruity, boozy, creamy and so easy to make! You'll love this treat!

Lemon Crumb Loaf

Lemon Crumb Loaf has a fresh lemon flavor, crumb topping and finished off with a glaze. So delicious, a wonderfully baked loaf great for dessert or breakfast!

Yield: 4 servings

Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce

Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce
Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

Instructions

Meatballs:

  1. In a medium bowl mix together: ground chicken, garlic, egg, Panko breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning, Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Mix just until well combine.
  2. Form into meatballs (about 1-inch in diameter) either by hand or by using a scoop.
  3. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add the meatballs. Brown the meatballs on all sides, until all the meatballs are golden brown.
  5. Remove the meatballs from pan and place on plate. 

Sauce:

  1. In the same pan, melt the butter over medium low heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook stirring often until they become translucent. Add the roasted bell pepper and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the flour and cook stirring constantly for about 2 - 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth slowly, whisking constantly until it thickens a bit. Add the Cajun seasoning and mix well.
  5. Return the meatballs to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for approximately 8 -10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. 
  6. Stir in the heavy cream and turn off the heat, sprinkle with the chopped parsley prior to serving.

Notes

  • I used a 1" scoop and then hand rolled after scooping to finish shaping the meatballs.
  • This recipe makes approximately 24 meatballs.
  • Cook meatballs in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth to reduce the chance of an overly salty dish.


Find this recipe and more on the Weekend Potluck!

Deliciously simple Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cajun Cream Sauce is a hearty meal the family will love. This one-pan meal tastes great over rice or pasta.

Take a look at all of our Winter Freaky Friday Recipes:

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe
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Comments

  1. These sound super yummy!! My family loves meatballs, and I know they will seriously devour these cajun ones!! That cream sauce is perfect to counteract the spice!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

  2. I am so glad you like this recipe! Thank you so much for your kind words. It is one of our favorite meals and now I can go eat it at your house! Perfect! hehehe

  3. I love Kathy’s blog! She has some incredible recipes but somehow I have missed this one! It sounds fantastic! I love cajun flavors and will definitely be trying this soon!

  4. I’ve made these cajun meatballs and they are incredible! Such amazing flavor in one little ball of yum.

    And that sauce….ohhhhh my.

  5. I love these meatballs… a fun flavorful twist on them! I cant wait to give them a whirl!

  6. Erin Parker says:

    Oh my goodness. That polar vortex business sounds like absolutely NO fun, especially with the inclement weather days and everyone being stuck indoors. We’ve been struggling in Texas because it’s been unusually cold for us, and I can attest that no matter where you live, cold weather calls for comfort food!

    My husband is from Cajun country, and I cannot wait to make these for our family. These meatballs sound so incredibly comforting!

  7. Yes please. These meatballs sound so so good, especially that sauce!! WOW! Ingredients going on my grocery list right now~

  8. This looks like such a delicious meal! I love the flavors in it!

  9. These meatballs were so juicy and delicious! I wanted to drink the sauce but I poured it over some pasta instead. Not a drop was left!

  10. Those meatballs sound seriously amazing! I would have had a heck of a time choosing from Kathy’s blog too but I’d say you nailed this one! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Oh my goodnes these look so mouthwatering and delicious. I’ll be making these very soon, what a treat!

  12. Mouthwatering delicious meatballs! I don’t use ground chicken nearly as much as I would like. This is going on my menu this week!

  13. You had me at Cajun Cream Sauce!!!!!

  14. It looks very tasty and yummy i am very happy after reading this recipe i am going to try this recipe today

    Thank’s <3

  15. Mmm!!! I love meatballs! And that sauce!!! It to die for!!!

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