Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

So I hear there is this big game coming up this weekend?    Basketball right?  Haha!  Just kidding!  I know it’s Super Bowl weekend.  We are actually headed to two parties that night.  Booyah!  Two tables full of yummy snacks and appetizers!  That’s what I’m going for!  And these Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs are one of the appetizers I want to bring this weekend.

Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

 A couple weeks ago I was walking down the aisles at Walmart when I saw this Apple Whiskey barbecue sauce from Open Pit.  Since it was just $1, into the cart it went.

I decided to make some chicken meatballs and add some shredded apples to the mix.  I always keep a bag of Crunck Pak apples in our fridge for the kids to snack on.  I peeled the skins off and put them in my Ninja food processor.  5 seconds and the apples were ready to be mixed in.

Salt, pepper, garlic, and some shredded parmesan cheese give the meatballs a great flavor along with the apples and the barbecue sauce.  You bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes, and then put them in a crock pot with some of the Apple Whiskey barbecue sauce.

Cute tooth picks are not required, but they sure do make meatballs more fun!  You could even pick out the ones that match the team colors…if you like to match and all!

Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

With Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs this yummy, and 2 parties to scope food at…

I think I am ready for some football!!!

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Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 meatballs

Apple Whiskey Chicken Meatballs

Apple chicken meatballs get their flavor from ground chicken and shredded apples. The apple whiskey barbecue sauce compliments it very well.


1 pound ground chicken
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded apples
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon diced garlic
1 egg
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup Open Pit Apple Whiskey barbecue sauce


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix very well. Shape the meat mixture into 24 good sized meatballs. Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  2. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes at 400* Remove from oven and place in a crock pot. Add the barbecue sauce and stir. Keep warm. Refrigerate leftovers


Feel free to use more or less barbecue sauce according to your taste.

Here are a few other appetizers that would be great for party tables…

Guacamole Hummus
Guacamole Hummus with Football Chips

cheese quesadillas with barbecue chicken and avocado
BBQ Chicken & Avocado Quesadillas

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  1. says

    These are so getting pinned! I haven’t seen Open Pit in years. My mom used it and then when we moved from the East Coast we couldn’t find it so whenever we’d visit, she’d bring it back with us.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much for the pin love Carol. I don’t think I have had that brand in a while either…it definitely caught my eye with the fun flavor though!!!

  2. Carmel says

    Is the 1/2 c. BBQ sauce mixed into the chicken mix, since it says “mix all ingredients”? Do you just add however much BBQ sauce with the meatballs into the crockpot? Or is the 1/2 cup all you use over them? It just seemed so little. Just want to make sure. My husband loves chicken apple sausages, so he will really like these. Thanks!

    • says

      Sorry that was so unclear. The barbecue sauce is for after the meatballs are fully cooked. You can use as little or as much sauce as you like on them. I hope your husband likes them.

  3. Lily says

    These sound so good and are going to our office holiday carry in. One question, does it matter what kind of apples you use? It didn’t specify in the recipe so I am assume it doesn’t. Not sure if I want to go more the granny smith or something sweeter.

  4. Becky says

    I was very disappointed in this recipe. I made these yesterday for a Christmas party and only one person out of 25 liked them. Wish they turned out because the recipe sounded delicious!


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