Hey everyone I have another fabulous guest post today from Kate at Diethood.  She is one of the very first bloggers I ever started to follow.  Kate’s recipes and photos are beyond beautiful and delicious.  I saved her chicken recipe in my ziplist folder and I will be making it soon.  Today she is sharing a terrific dish called cashew chicken meatballs.

Take it away Kate….
cashew chicken meatballs

Hello, Everyone!

My name is Kate, and I am the author and wannabe baker behind the blog, Diethood. I am SO excited to be here! Meagan is one of the most supportive bloggy friends that I have, thus when she asked me to help her out with a guest post, I was very happy to say YES!

Considering Meagan’s amazing recipes on this beautiful blog of hers, I had to put on my thinking cap and prepare something zesty! Pun intended. 😉

These Chicken Cashew Meatballs have made their appearance on many occasions, including Final Four parties and Birthdays, and are always the first to go. And because of that, I always end up feeling embarrassed and nervous because I didn’t make enough…again.

They are small, but are packed with amazing flavors, such as basil, orange zest, onions, brown sugar… listing the ingredients is making me hungry! Then there’s the sauce! Ohmahgah, the sauce! I can’t stand it… I need to rename these and call them amazeballs!

If you’ve got some ground chicken hiding in that freezer, take it out and get on it! You won’t regret it.


Cashew Chicken Meatballs


For the Meatballs
3 tablespoons flour
Oil for frying
1 lb. ground chicken
½ cup plain breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 small red onion, diced
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped cashews
Zest of one small orange
½ cup cream cheese, room temperature

For the Sauce
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup water


Place the flour in a shallow dish and set aside.

Heat the oil.

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, onion, basil, parsley, cashews, orange, and cream cheese.

Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.

Roll meat into bite-size balls, dip in flour, turn to coat on all sides, and add into hot oil. I fry about 4 to 5 meatballs at a time.

Cook for 3 minutes, turn and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until nicely browned and done.

Drain on paper towels and cover to keep warm.

Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved; about 4 minutes.

Serve meatballs with sauce on the side.

recipe by Diethood

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cashew chicken meatballs

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24 comments on “{Guest Post} Cashew Chicken Meatballs from Diethood”

  1. What an awesome idea for a party appetizer. These look so unique and DELICIOUS!

  2. I’ve never craved meatballs so early in the day! These would end up being a meal instead of an appetizer haha.

  3. Cashew chicken meatballs! These sound so good!!

  4. Love these flavors! Cashew chicken is a favorite of mine!

  5. This looks wonderful! Love the flavors, recipe and pictures are making me drool!

  6. Thank you, Meagan, for having me!!! xoxo

  7. OK but seriously, I want a bunch of these meatballs on a sandwich for breakfast! (And lunch, and dinner, and…)

  8. What an awesome recipe from Kate! These meatballs look mouthwatering!

  9. These meatballs looks moist and delicious!! Thanks for sharing

  10. We just bought a meat grinder and I happen to have some chicken in the fridge. Might have to get to work and make these meatballs right away!

  11. LOVE!! Yep, I love both Kate and her fabulous meatballs (and her gorgeous photography!!). Diethood was one of the first blogs I began following as well and the recipes are always drool worthy. Wishing I had a plate of these beauties for lunch in place of the bowl of cereal that is looking my way.

  12. I love all the fresh herbs in these meatballs, as well as the cashew/chicken combo of course. I’m surprised the sauce is so great as there are only 2 ingredients (plus the water of course), but if you say so. 🙂

  13. Now, that’s a zesty meatball! Incredible flavor combinations. As I mentioned over at Kate’s blog, cocktail parties shall never be the same! 🙂

  14. Cashew chicken is one of my favorites!! These are so fun, so much zest, herbs, and flavor. Deeee-lish!

  15. Mmmmm….these meatballs look delish! I don’t want to admit how many I could make disappear in one sitting 🙂

  16. These look great! I love cashews!!!

  17. I love-love-love cashew chicken, so I’m pretty sure these are made for me!!!

  18. Delicious!! I would Not want to share these meatballs with anyone!

  19. Brilliant idea! I am a huge fan of cashew chicken. These would be so fun to make for a party!

  20. What perfect meatballs! I love it that you serve them as appetizer bites and that sweet sauce is awesome!

  21. First of all, gorgeous photos! I am loving this recipe so much!

  22. Love the sound of these. Brilliant idea! I’m going to have to try making them. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Could these be baked i stead of fried?

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