Butter Chicken Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3 hours


about 3 dozen

Updated: Apr. 03, 2023
My husband and I love meatballs, and we love butter chicken. Before an appetizer party, we had the brilliant idea to combine these two loves, and the new creation got rave reviews! Want them as a main dish? Just serve with basmati rice. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
Butter Chicken Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon tandoori masala seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 jar (14.1 ounces) butter chicken sauce


  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients plus 2 tablespoons cilantro; mix lightly but thoroughly. With wet hands, shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs in a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Pour butter sauce over meatballs.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until meatballs are cooked through, 3-4 hours. Top with remaining cilantro.
Editor’s note: Look for butter chicken sauce in the Indian foods section.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 40 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.