Curry Chicken Meatballs with Rum Sauce

Curry chicken meatballs with rum sauce are the perfect unique appetizer for any party. These spicy chicken meatballs are not only easy to put together, but incredibly tasty! All of the different flavors are sure to be a hit at your next party.

Chicken curry meatballs - a delicious appetizer to serve at parties or as a side dish for dinner!

Chicken Meatballs with Curry

I love cooking with ground chicken. You don’t need any filler or binding ingredients because it rolls together so nicely into meatballs.

I was inspired by’s Curried Rum Chicken Wings, but I wanted to make a meatball instead. With a few alterations, I came up with these chicken meatballs with curry. You guys are going to love them!

These chicken curry meatballs will be the star of any appetizer table, and they are so easy to make. The best part? You can easily turn this curry appetizer into a meal by adding a yummy side dish like cauliflower rice or three pepper salad.

Looking for another delicious chicken meatballs recipe? Check out these Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs.

Curry chicken meatballs on a serving platter

Why You’ll Love Chicken Curry Meatballs

  • Easy – These chicken meatballs with curry are easy enough for beginners to impress their friends with!
  • Sweet and Spicy – The spice of sriracha paired with brown sugar and pineapple juice make this curry appetizer the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
  • Versatile – Serve your spicy chicken meatballs as an appetizer or with a side dish as the main course.

Curry Meatballs Ingredients

The rum sauce is what really makes these curry meatballs shine. And both the meatballs and the rum sauce only require a handful of ingredients each, most of which you probably already have.

For the Spicy Chicken Meatballs

  • Ground Chicken
  • Curry Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Dark Rum

For the Rum Sauce

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Dark Rum
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Cornstarch Slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tsp water)
a close up of chicken meatballs with curry on a toothpick

How to Make Curry Chicken Meatballs

Mix Meatballs

Preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine your meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Roll the mixture into balls that are roughly 1.5″ – 2″ in diameter. Space evenly across the parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes, until fully cooked through.

Make the Rum Sauce

Add sauce ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently.

Note: Originally, I made this with 2 tbsp soy sauce, but my husband told me to publish it at 1. So, I guess it depends on your taste — try both!

Turn down the heat and reduce for 6-8 minutes. The rum smell shouldn’t be strong anymore.

Mix together the cornstarch slurry and pour it into the pan, whisking quickly to thicken the sauce.

Serve Your Curry Appetizer

Line your meatballs on a serving platter. You can drizzle the sauce over the chicken curry meatballs, or serve it in a bowl as a dipping sauce.

Stick a toothpick into each meatball for easy enjoyment. Enjoy warm!

spicy chicken meatballs with serving toothpicks on a serving platter for a delicious curry appetizer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the spice level of these chicken meatballs?

Absolutely! The spice comes from the sriracha added to the rum sauce. If it’s too much for your taste, simply add less or even omit it completely.

Are chicken meatballs healthier than beef?

Ground chicken is an extremely lean meat that’s lower in both fat and calories than ground beef. While those things aren’t necessarily “unhealthy,” it does make ground chicken a healthy, wholesome food to add to your diet.

These curry meatballs are not only easy to make but incredibly tasty! Whether it’s for an appetizer or a main dish for a twist on chicken dinner, give these chicken balls a try!

Curry Rum Chicken Meatballs - a delicious appetizer to serve at parties or as a side dish for dinner!
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Curry Chicken Meatballs with Rum Sauce

Curry chicken meatballs with rum sauce are the perfect appetizer for any party. These chicken meatballs are easy and super tasty!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken meatballs, currid chicken, curry, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 13 meatballs
Calories 72kcal



  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp  onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark rum

Rum sauce

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce I used liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • Cornstarch slurry: 1 tbsp cornstarch to 1 tsp water.


Preheat oven to 375

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl combine the first five ingredients. Mix together.
  • Roll into a ball roughly 1 1/2 – 2″ big.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked.

For the sauce

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently.
  • Turn down the heat and reduce for 6-8 minutes. (Until the rum smell isn’t strong.)
  • Mix together the cornstarch slurry and pour, whisking quickly. This will thicken the sauce.
  • Serve with the meatballs.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Protein: 8.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 25.5mg | Sodium: 57.6mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2.5g
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10 comments on “Curry Chicken Meatballs with Rum Sauce”

  1. Goat Cheese, Black Bean & Chicken Nachos

  2. Favorite would be Chicken Caesar Salad.‎

  3. My fave chicken appy is boneless bites with a buffalo style sauce!

  4. Baked Chicken Nachos. Yum !

  5. I likemthe Awesome and Easy Chicken Wings recipe.

  6. My favourite is the Avocado, Beet and Chicken Tostadas

  7. I like the BBQ Chili Drumsticks with Avocado & Tomato Salsa

  8. My favourite chicken appetizer recipe is Asian Chicken Meatballs.

  9. Chicken tacos are so good!

  10. I love slow cooker recipes! The one that stands out for me is the “Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew” ~ sounds delish and healthy!

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