Chicken Meatballs with Potato Roses: the Surprising and Easy Recipe to Make in No Time!

Total time: 10 min prep/ 40 min bake
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2-4
By Cookist

Tired of the same old meatballs? We've got you covered with a recipe that's both impressive and surprisingly easy to make: Chicken Meatballs with Potato Roses. This recipe elevates the classic comfort food with a twist: stunning potato roses nestled right in the center of juicy chicken meatballs. It's the perfect solution for special guests as they make great appetizers. With a simple mandoline (or a very sharp knife!), everyday potatoes are transformed into elegant potato roses. The recipe comes together in minutes.  In no time, you'll have a showstopping dish that's sure to wow your family or surprise your guests.

What Are Chicken Meatballs with Potato Roses?

Chicken Meatballs with Potato Roses is a recent recipe combining two popular and well-loved dishes: chicken meatballs and decorative potato dishes. Chicken meatballs are a classic comfort food found in many cultures. Decorative potato dishes, like potato rosettes or potato flowers, are also popular for adding visual interest to meals, and these meatballs make quite a statement!


  • For juicy and flavorful meatballs, avoid overmixing the ground chicken. Mix until just combined to prevent a tough texture.
  • Don't skimp on seasoning! Season the ground chicken with a good amount of salt, pepper, and perhaps even Italian seasoning for maximum flavor.
  • After forming your meatballs, let them chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This helps them firm up and hold their shape better during baking.
  • A mandoline is the ideal tool for creating thin, uniform potato slices for the roses. However, a sharp knife can work as well, just be extra careful.
  • Soak the potato slices in cold water for 10 minutes after slicing. This helps remove excess starch that can prevent the slices from sticking together when forming the roses.

Do I Need a Mandoline for The Potato Roses?

A mandoline is ideal for creating thin, uniform potato slices, but not essential. A very sharp knife can work too, just be extra careful when slicing.

How Do I Prevent the Potato Slices from Sticking Together?

Soak the sliced potatoes in cold water for 10 minutes after slicing. This removes excess starch that can make them sticky when forming the roses.

Can I Use Store-bought Meatballs?

In a pinch, yes. But homemade meatballs offer superior flavor and texture.

How do You Keep Chicken Meatballs From Falling Apart?

To keep chicken meatballs from falling apart the key is the addition of shredded potato, which acts as a binder. Mixing the finely shredded potato with the ground chicken helps the meatballs hold their shape during cooking. The starch from the potato interacts with the chicken, creating a stickier mixture that stays intact when formed into meatballs and cooked. Make sure the potatoes are shredded finely and mixed thoroughly with the chicken to ensure even distribution and optimal binding.

Why Are My Chicken Meatballs Tough?

If your chicken meatballs turned out tough, a few factors could be contributing to this issue. Mixing ground chicken too vigorously or for too long can lead to tough meatballs. It's important to mix just until the ingredients are combined, as overworking the meat can make the proteins too tight and the meatballs dense. Ground chicken is typically lean, and without much fat, meatballs can become dry and tough when cooked. The fat helps keep the meatballs moist and tender.

If the meatballs were cooked too long or at too high a temperature, they could become tough. Chicken meatballs generally need to be cooked just until they reach the safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Overcooking beyond this point can result in loss of moisture, making them dry and hard.

To avoid these issues, mix the ingredients gently until just combined, consider adding a little more fat (like oil or a higher fat ground meat mix), and be cautious of the cooking time and temperature to ensure the meatballs are juicy and tender.

What to Serve With Chicken Meatballs and Potato Roses

Serving the right side dishes with chicken meatballs can enhance their flavor and create a more satisfying meal. Given the unique preparation of these meatballs, which includes a potato rose baked into each one, you might consider lighter accompaniments to balance the dish. A crisp, green salad dressed with a vinaigrette offers a refreshing contrast to the richness of the meatballs. The acidity and freshness of the salad can cut through the density of the meat-potato combination, making each bite enjoyable. For a heartier meal, a side of steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, or green beans would complement the dish well, adding color and nutrition without overpowering the main attraction. Alternatively, a simple pasta tossed with olive oil and herbs could round out the meal, providing a subtle backdrop that allows the flavors of the meatballs to stand out. Whatever side you choose, the goal is to create a harmonious meal that brings out the best in the chicken meatballs while ensuring a balanced diet.

How to Store Chicken Meatballs With Potato Roses

Cool completely and store meatballs and potato roses separately in the fridge (1-2 days) or freezer (up to 3 months). Reheat gently, and revive potato roses in the oven for a touch of crispness.


2 medium potatoes, peeled
ground chicken
500g (1 pound)
1 onion, diced
Any vegetable oil
45ml (3 tbsp)
salt and pepper

How To Make Chicken Meatballs With Potato Roses

Start by trimming the ends of both potatoes.

Shred one potato finely.

Add shredded potato into a bowl of ground chicken, followed by salt, pepper, and chopped onion.

Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife), thinly slice the remaining potato.

Drizzle the slices with oil and sprinkle them with a touch of salt for extra flavor.

Form the ground chicken mixture into 6 equal meatballs.

Next, take 4-6 potato slices and fan them out slightly overlapping.

Carefully roll the potato slices up to create a rose shape.

Gently press a potato rose into the center of each meatball.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 180°C/350°F until cooked through.

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