Grain-Free Crispy Chicken Meatballs

These Grain-Free Crispy Chicken Meatballs are a healthier and delicious take on classic fried chicken! They taste just like they are deep fried, but instead are browned in a skillet and then baked until crisp. They’re flavorful, juicy and made without any gluten, grains, dairy or eggs.

grain free crispy chicken meatballs

Hold onto this recipe because it will quickly become a family favorite! These Crispy Chicken Meatballs are so versatile and my kids LOVE them. They’re easy to make ahead, so I like to make a big batch and have them on hand for meals throughout the week or easy lunches.

Ingredients Needed to Make this Crispy Chicken Meatball Recipe!

  • Ground Chicken. I use organic lean ground chicken.
  • Seasonings. You’ll need a variety of seasonings, but you should already have most in your pantry.
  • Tapioca Flour. This grain-free flour is what gives the chicken its crispy coating.

That’s it! No need to run out to the store for any crazy ingredients with this recipe!

gluten free crispy chicken meatballs

What to Serve with these Crispy Chicken Meatballs

Pretty much anything goes with these versatile meatballs!

  • Serve with pasta, or spaghetti squash for a low-carb option, then add your favorite marinara.
  • Top them on a bed of greens with your favorite dressing.
  • You can also experiment with other sauces- turn them into buffalo or teriyaki chicken meatballs then serve over rice. Sometimes I just eat them alongside some roasted vegetables.

Make them an appetizer! Roll into smaller meatballs, stick a toothpick in, and you have an easy appetizer for your next gathering. This recipe also works great as chicken patties! Just flatten the chicken mixture instead of rolling into a ball. Dip into the tapioca mixture and cook as directed.

If you try this recipe be sure to tag me on instagram @thrivingglutenfree so I can see how it turned out!

Let’s Eat!

Grain-Free Crispy Chicken Meatballs

These Crispy Chicken Meatballs are a healthier and delicious take on classic fried chicken. Made without any gluten, dairy, eggs or grains!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, gluten-free
Keyword: chicken, meatballs, tapioca flour
Author: Thriving Gluten Free



  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Pepper
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder


  • ½ cup Tapioca Flour about 6 tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • In a large bowl, season the chicken with salt, pepper, and baking soda. Mix well.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, combine the coating ingredients.
  • Using your hands, roll chicken into balls, and then roll the ball into the coating mix covering on all sides. Set meatballs aside on your baking sheet until you have them all rolled.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  • Place half of the meatballs in a single layer in the pan. Cook until they’re browned on all sides. Transfer the meatballs back to the baking sheet. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and brown the remaining meatballs.
  • Place the baking sheet of meatballs into the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.


This recipe also works great as chicken patties! Just flatten chicken mixture instead of rolling into a ball. 
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Grain-Free Crispy Chicken Meatballs

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