These air fryer chicken meatballs are a simple dish packed with delicious flavors. Each juicy ground chicken meatball leaves you yearning for the next. If you are looking for that perfect gluten free chicken meatballs recipe, give this one a try!

A serving dish full of chicken meatballs.

These air fryer chicken meatballs are always a big hit when we have friends over because they taste so delicious. These low-fat ground chicken meatballs are plump and have just the right sweetness. Nobody will know these gluten free chicken meatballs are gluten free!!

I include directions to cook these gluten free ground chicken meatballs in an Air Fryer or the oven!

If you love using an air fryer, check out my easy gluten free air fryer recipes!

Why I love this recipe:

  1. These little meatballs are ready in under 20 minutes with an Air Fryer!!
  2. If you are having a party to watch the game with friends and family, these gluten free ground chicken meatballs are an excellent idea!
  3. Use any type of bread crumbs you like! Even fun things like crushed gluten free pretzels.
  4. You can make these chicken meatballs in the air fryer or bake them in the oven.
  5. round chicken is low-cost and makes a healthy option for budget entertaining. I have quite a few easy gluten free budget recipes if you want more ideas.

If you can’t get enough meatball recipes, I have the ultimate list of tasty gluten free meatball recipes. Each one has something different to offer, so I am certain you will have several new favorites!

A bowl full of air fried chicken meatballs.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Ground Chicken – I love using ground chicken in this recipe because it is low-fat and easy to use. You can use any ground meat you like.
  • Gluten Free Panko or Bread Crumbs – You can buy these or make them with my easy Gluten Free Bread Crumbs Recipe.
  • Dried herbs – Dried herbs bring flavor to the meatballs. Dried thyme and chives are delicious, but you can substitute other herbs like oregano and basil.
  • Egg – Use size large.
  • See below for several fun dipping sauce ideas!

You can also try this easy ground turkey meatball recipe in the air fryer!

Tips For Sucess

1. Make sure there is room for the hot air to circulate each meatball.
2. Use absorbent crumbs to prevent these gluten free chicken meatballs from drying out. Crushed potato chips taste good, but they don’t hold moisture, so they won’t work well in this recipe.
3. For best results, preheat the air fryer before adding the meatballs.

If you want to know what the best air fryers are for gluten free, I wrote up a great pros and cons list to help you decide!

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs :

Raw ground chicken and ingredients in a bowl.

Step 1: Add your raw ground chicken and the other ingredients to a bowl. Mix it well.

Mixed ground chicken and seasonings in a bowl.

Step 2: Next, form the ground chicken into meatballs.

Raw ground chicken meatballs in an air fryer basket.

Step 3: Add the ground chicken meatballs into an air fryer. Note: I used my Corsori Air Fryer, which I love using! I include a lot of space around each meatball.

Cooked ground chicken meatballs in an air fryer basket.

Step 4: Cook these ground chicken meatballs in your air fryer for 12 minutes. Serve hot with a sauce to dip them in and enjoy!

Oven Baked Directions:

You can make these in an oven instead of an air fryer. Bake at 350º F for 25 minutes. Make sure they have a cooked internal temperature of 165º F.

Dipping Sauce Ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you know when the meatballs are cooked?

Your chicken meatballs are cooked when they have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F inside. Check with a digital thermometer by inserting it into the middle of a few of the meatballs.

Why are my meatballs tough?

Tough meatballs can be frustrating because they don’t taste as good as moist, delicious meatballs. You might be scratching your head and wondering why this happened. The odds are there simply wasn’t enough moisture in the meatballs as they cooked.

Why did my meatballs fall apart?

Chicken meatballs falling apart is the opposite issue as them being too dry. If you use too much binder in the meatballs, then they won’t correctly hold together as they cook. I use a combination of gluten free panko, egg, garlic, and thyme. Ensure you use the amounts I recommend so you don’t have this issue. 

Can you use any ground meat?

You can use any ground meat to make this meatball recipe. Note that ground beef has a higher fat content, and you may need to slightly increase the amount of gluten free bread crumbs to keep it from getting tough from cooking.

Can you freeze these meatballs?

Place the raw meatballs on a cookie sheet and make sure they do not touch each other. Then, place the pan in the freezer for around 2 hours.

When you feel a meatball, it should be pretty hard and frozen.

Storage/Freezing Instructions:

Store the leftover meatballs in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Freeze the cooled meatballs in a zipper-style freezer bag. They will keep fresh for up to 4 months.

The top view looking down on a platter of chicken meatballs.

More Gluten Free Meatball Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A serving dish full of chicken meatballs.

Air Fryer Gluten Free Ground Chicken Meatballs

Sandi Gaertner
Delicious gluten free ground chicken meatballs made in your air fryer in under 20 minutes from start to finish.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 20 meatballs
Calories 47 kcal


  • 1 pound ground chicken * see note
  • cup gluten free panko * see note
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chives fresh or dried
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large egg


  • In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well. Preheat the air fryer to 350º F.
  • Use a spoon to take some of the raw chicken mixture and roll it into a meatball.
  • Place the meatballs into the air fryer basket and repeat until you fill the air fryer basket.
  • Make sure none of the meatballs are touching. You want the hot air to be able to circulate around each meatball.
  • Cook for 15 minutes on 350º F.
  • Enjoy!


  1. You can use ground beef, pork, or turkey for this recipe if you don’t have ground chicken.
  2. You can buy or make homemade gluten free bread crumbs.
  3. Check the internal temperature to ensure your meatballs are 165º F to ensure they are done cooking.
  4. You can cook these in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer. Bake at 350º F for 20-25 minutes. (Note the actual baking time will depend on the size of your meatballs.)
  5. These meatballs will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
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Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older August 2019 post with more detail.

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  1. Can you use almond flour in place of panko crumbs? I’d love to try the ground chicken, sweet and sour meatballs

  2. These were so easy to throw together! I didnt have enough room in my AF for all of them so i made the remaining mixture into a chix burger. YUM! Thank you!!!

  3. wow – thanks for the explanation on why meatballs can get tough. Also the options for cooking without an air fryer and other ideas for how to use them. Great post!