Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs

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Thai Noodle Chicken Balls

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Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs are a delicious canape! Try these at your next dinner party or drinks catch up – they’re sure to be popular with your family and friends!

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I believe in the importance of a good appetiser, and these meatballs are my go-to recipe for many occasions.

One of my favourite things about this dish is that the meatballs can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to a month before serving. (I make an extra large batch – they’re always great to have on hand!) To thaw frozen meatballs, I just pull them out of the freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost. This can take a few hours or overnight, depending on the size of the meatballs. Best of all, I oven bake these Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs. (There is no frying involved.)

What could be better than exotic and fragrant Thai style chicken and noodle meatballs?I say Thai style as I don’t claim any authenticity for this recipe, but the flavour profile is Thai.

Chicken mince is generally lean and can sometimes result in dry, flavourless meatballs but that’s not the case with these Thai Style Meatballs.

I fill the meatballs with garlic, coriander and some red Thai curry paste. They are packed with clean, bright flavours. The addition of glass noodles prevents the meatballs from being too dense. The combination of lean and tender chicken mince and Thai flavours produces a fragrant, delicious appetiser. I love to serve these delicious Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs with the addition of a dipping sauce. Grab some napkins and hand out the chicken balls and dipping sauce, and your party is underway. Their vibrant, fresh flavours are a great way to start.

More delicious appetiser ideas:

If you need a great dipping sauce, you could also try our Sweet Chilli Sauce!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Xx Alex and Faye

P.S. This is the curry paste we use:

Thai Style Chicken & Noodle Meatballs

I think you will enjoy the beautiful, fresh Thai flavours in these easily made meatballs.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: asian, chicken, gluten free, meatballs, thai
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 20 gm mung bean vermicelli noodles
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves and some stems
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf centre vein removed and the leaf chopped finely
  • 50 ml coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp red curry paste – I use Mae Ploy – if using other brands you may need more
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 500 gm chicken mince
  • 1 small carrot finely grated


  • Soak the vermicelli noodles in cold water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain them then pour on boiling water. Stand for about 2 minutes or until soft. Drain completely, turn onto a chopping board and cut into lengths about 3 cm. Set aside.
  • Grease two 12-hole mini muffin pans.
  • Preheat oven to 190 Degrees C (370 F).
  • In a small food processor blend the coriander, kaffir lime leaf, coconut cream, fish sauce, lime juice, curry paste and crushed garlic until the herbs are finely chopped.
  • Pour into a mixing bowl, add the grated carrot, vermicelli noodles and chicken mince. Mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture into the two muffin tins, filling them to the top of each hole.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Turn onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve immediately or refrigerate if using later.


The meatballs can be served at room temperature or warmed through slightly in a covered oven proof dish in the oven or microwave. For easy entertaining, I serve the meatballs with sweet chilli dipping sauce.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs
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119 Comments on “Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs”

  1. I don’t usually make meatballs because as you said, they turn out to be a bit dry. If I try to make them moister, they just fall apart cooking. But, I think I’ll give this recipe a try & see how it works out…the other part I like is that they can be prepared in advance & stored frozen for quite a long time.
    – Nandita

    1. Hi Cassie!
      You can certainly omit the coconut cream. As a substitute, you could add a little regular cream, but if you’d prefer to skip the dairy, I would just whip the mixture up, and add a little water if necessary – the coconut cream adds a subtle flavour, but is certainly not the main flavour of the dish 🙂 Let me know how you get on!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, this recipe is so unique. Haven’t heard of a noodles placed inside a meatballs.. Sounds so intriguing..

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  4. 5 stars
    I’ll have to try this Tahi style Chicken, I’m sure that my husband would love it. I’ll give it a try today.

  5. 5 stars
    I love thai food. And will definitely going to try this for sure. Looks easy and doable. Thanks for sharing the recipe/

  6. The photos looks great itself! Interesting recipe you have there! Would love to try this for family this holiday! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 5 stars
    This would be such a fantastic dinner! I need to make it for my family one night. They’d love it!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks so good. I always appreciate an easy and simple recipe when cooking. I’ve never made meatballs before.

  9. These look so good. Definitely my type of meal, I have never made chicken meatballs but there’s always a first.

  10. 5 stars
    This is a very intriguing recipe because of the vermicelli noodles blended inside the meatballs. The sauce you’ve added sounds so delicious as well! I never had meatballs like this before, I’d love to try them!

  11. Love that you used the mung bean noodles! I’ve been using these for a while and telling people how great they are!

  12. 5 stars
    I love Tahi food and would definitely try this recipe at home. Looks so tasty and fairly easy to make. Cannot wait to buy the ingredients and make it.

  13. 5 stars
    This looks is good and I love the idea of freezing the meatballs to use for later. Thanks for sharing!

  14. wow! this food looks awesome, I love thai food too and this seems like something new to me. I also love curry so im gonna have to try and learn this !!!! Love it!!!

  15. I’m always looking for new recipes and have not heard of anything like this. Sounds like an interesting dish

  16. These sound delicious! Everyone likes meatballs at home and I would love to tweak things a bit with this recipe, thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I have yet to try Thai food in my lifetime. This recipe looks very good and I am a foodie. It seems like it would be tasty and delicious

    1. Oh Chastity! I hope you will give these a go then – I would love this to be the first Thai dish you try 🙂 It is a Thai style dish, so has some of the favourite flavours 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    Just got back from Thailand. Loved their food. Would do anything to try to get a taste of Thai in my kitchen!

  19. 5 stars
    I love Thai food and would love to try out the Thai sytle chicken & noodle meatballs this weekend. The prep time and cook time is quite short, 20 mins. Love it.

  20. 5 stars
    That looks so good! I love using that base as an easy way to get all that flavor in without having to do a lot of prep.

  21. 5 stars
    I didn’t have any chicken mince, so I used turkey – absolutely delicious. Chicken will be what I try next time 🙂

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