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These 30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs…with browned butter mashed potatoes. Best for those cold fall and winter nights when you want a fancy slow-braised chicken, but you want it ready in less than an hour. Made quickly with healthy oven-baked chicken meatballs, using simple wholesome ingredients that you may already have on hand. This dish is warm, flavorful, hearty but healthy, and so delicious. The Coq au Vin sauce is made using rich red wine, root vegetables, and fresh herbs. Great for both a simple family dinner and holiday entertaining.

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If I had to choose the recipe for you to all be making this week, tonight even, it would be these meatballs. And you know what’s funny? For someone who has really avoided making meatballs in the past, I sure have taken a liking to them this past year.

So far I’ve shared butter chicken meatballs, coconut curry chicken meatballs, sticky sesame ginger meatballs, and now these coq au vin meatballs. Without thinking twice, these are my favorite meatballs of the “bunch”. I know I shouldn’t be picking recipe favorites, but these are the flavors I love, especially this time of year. The weather in NYC has turned cold and deary (and very snowy in Colorado), and it’s just the time of year for recipes like this.

When I made these meatballs just last week, my oldest brother, Creighton, was in town. I, of course, fed him multiple dinners (the boy lives to eat!). But at the end of his trip he declared these meatballs as the best dish he ate all week. He LOVED them, so I think it’s safe to say this is a very good recipe.

And easy too, which is honestly just an added bonus.

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Here is how you make these meatballs.

Start with the meatballs themselves. I always use the simplest mix of ground chicken (or turkey), an egg, Panko bread crumbs, and a little parmesan cheese.

Here’s my trick though, instead of pan-frying the meatballs, I bake them in the oven. Not only is this easier, but it also saves on time. While the meatballs are cooking away in the oven, you can be working on the coq au vin sauce…

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This sauce…it’s everything.

If you could not tell by now, I love Coq au Vin so much. I shared a more classic coq au vin a few years back. Here’s a link to watch me prepare it on Hallmark Home and Family. And the thing that makes Coq au Vin so delicious?

The red wine based sauce. This sauce is truly one of the most delicious sauces you will make.

But today’s Coq au Vin is all about these meatballs. There’s also a little bacon…for flavor, along with a mix of hearty fall vegetables, rich red wine, and herbs. The wine is key as it’s what gives the sauce its signature “french” flavor.

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Traditionally, Coq au Vin is a slow-braised chicken that can take hours to make. Using meatballs allows this classic French dish to turn into a quick-cooking weeknight dinner…that also happens to be fancy enough for a weekend gathering.

My favorite way to serve these meatballs is over my buttery herbed mashed potatoes. Spooning the sauce over the creamy mashed potatoes and topping with the meatballs leaves you with a cozy dinner that’s effortless to make.

And one that everyone really loves! My only other suggestion is to add a side of crusty bread for dipping. Perfect dinner, right? I’m excited t have this one in my back pocket for the upcoming holiday season. I already know it’s going to be a go-to recipe once my family arrives and the craziness begins!

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If you make these 30 minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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30 Minutes Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 298 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. Add the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, parmesan, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a bowl. Coat your hands with a bit of olive oil and roll the meat into tablespoon-size balls (will make 15-20 meatballs), placing them on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp and cooked through.
    3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and reserve. If there's excess bacon grease, drain off all but 1 tablespoon. To the skillet, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened and fragrant. Stir in the garlic, carrots, and mushrooms. Cook another 5 minutes, until the vegetables are caramelizing on the edges. Add the tomato paste. Cook 1 minute.
    4. Add in the red wine, chicken broth, bay leaves, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, bring the sauce to a boil, cook 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Stir in the meatballs, cover and cook 5 minutes, until the meatballs are coated in the sauce. Remove the bay leaves and thyme and discard. Stir in the parsley and reserved bacon.
    4. Serve the meatballs and sauce over mashed potatoes.


To Freeze the Meatballs: Bake as directed, then freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer for 2 hours. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or simmer in the sauce over low heat for 20 minutes, until thawed, adding water if needed to thin the sauce.
To Freeze the Meatballs in the Sauce: Spoon the meatballs and sauce into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw overnight in the fridge, then warm on the stove until heated through, about 15 minutes, adding water if needed to thin the sauce.

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  1. 3 stars
    Usually I love all HBH recipes–this one needs some tweaks–first off, be prepared to dedicate more than 30 minutes (and I’m a fast cook), bake the meatballs at a lower temperature–450 is too high and really dried mine out. The sauce is delicious, however, but it needs time to meld flavors–but that additional time significantly reduces it and impacts the sauce:meatball ratio–Suggest adding more tomato paste, broth and wine.

  2. This was delicious! The perfect fall dish. It’s hard to get ground chicken here in the UK so I just broke some chicken sausages into pieces, fried them off and added those to the sauce 5 mins before the end. I did the chopping as I went along and it took me just over 30 mins in total. Will definitely make this again!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for the second time tonight. The meatballs and sauce came out perfect and were so yummy over the cheesy potatoes. Such a nice cozy meal! I used ground turkey last time, and that was also very good.

  4. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! It tastes like it’s something that simmered all day in a French bistro, but it was quick and easy. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hey Kathryn,
      Awesome! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Have the best weekend! xTieghan

  5. Love this recipe! My picky kids love the meatballs and I love the sauce, though I have added a roux and half and half at times. Delish!

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was insanely good. Perfect as-is. Do yourself a favor and make this for yourself or someone you love. They will thank you over and over and beg you to make it again and again. Amazing.

    1. Hey Xandy,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  7. I have made this almost every month for a year now. It is my absolute favorite meal. Thank you Tieghan! This will be a staple for years to come!

    1. Hey Tiffany,
      I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

  8. This recipe took way longer than 30 minutes for me, a little longer than I would’ve wanted to spend for a mid-workweek recipe. I really liked the mashed potatoes and thought the directions were easy to follow. Overall I don’t think this recipe is for me as a long term favorite.

  9. 3 stars
    Maybe I’m a slow chef but this recipe took way longer than 30 minutes. It was flavorful but a little more work than I would probably spend for a mid-workweek recipe. I liked the mash potatoes and the flavor of this recipe was good, i just don’t think the recipe is a long term favorite for me.

  10. 3 stars
    This recipe was a lot of work, even with two cooks. It took us about an hour and a half to two hours to finish cooking everything. The flavor was good, but after spending so much time frantically cooking, it wasn’t as enjoyable as I expected. I liked the texture and flavor of the mashed potatoes but there was a bit too sage for me.

    1. So sorry you did not enjoy this recipe Jenny. Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    So delicious! The perfect meal for a cold winter evening. My only “complaint” would be that it took me longer than 30 minutes, but that’s because of my old stovetop and my lack of culinary chops.

    1. Hey Christine,
      I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for trying it out! Happy Friday! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nan,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Happy Valentine’s Day❤️ xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh Tieghan this was so delicious! It did take longer than 30 minutes but so worth it and now I’m happy to have half of it in the freezer for another night.

  13. 5 stars
    this was honestly one of the best things ive ever made. made it for a dinner party and everyone was OBSESSED. I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken for the meatballs and it was DELICIOUS. cant wait to make this again!

  14. 5 stars
    Trying this tonight, can’t wait! But don’t have any bacon on hand. Will adding just a tbsp of olive oil suffice? Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe was divine! I made it for guests about a month ago and they messaged me later that week asking foe the recipe. I of course, directed them to your account.
    I am making this again tonight for my family. SO GOOD

  16. 5 stars
    SInce a lot of comments are from readers who haven’t tried the recipe, just wanted to throw in my two cents having made it twice. It’s absolutely fantastic and SO easy to make. I’ve tried it as written with turkey meatballs which was great, and last night I made it with beef (which my family prefers). The sauce is rich and forgiving (I ran out of the amount of red wine called for and subbed extra broth for the amount missing). After making that substitution, the sauce seemed a little thin, so I mixed a bit of corn starch with broth to get it to the right consistency. However, everything else remained the same — no need to make any changes. Served over mashed potatoes, it’s the coziest and most delicious meal that my family loves. Going to put this one high on my rotation list.

  17. Is there a substitute for the red wine in this recipe? I made it with once and loved it but I have to make it without alcohol for my second try.

    1. Hey there,
      You can use beef broth or Pomegranate/cranberry juice mixed with water. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I left out the mushrooms because of an allergy, but it still came out perfect. I made this with the browned butter mashed potatoes which were awesome, but served the leftovers over buttered egg noodles with fresh parsley & garlic which were just as good and a little bit easier to make. Will definitely be making this again.

  19. This looks delicious! Do you have a suggestion for a mushroom substitute? Can I make this without? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Beth,
      Totally fine to omit:) I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I followed the directions exactly and the result was sooooo good. My whole family loved it. I did find the ground chicken a bit sticky to roll out but I just popped it in the freezer for about 15 minutes and then they rolled better. Im not sure I’ll make mashed potatoes any other way now! Thanks! xoxo

  21. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Served it with the mashed potatoes recommended and a side of steamed brussel sprouts. Even my 4 year cleaned his plate!

  22. 4 stars
    I made this last night. It was super delicious, but it definitely took just over an hour (approx 65 minutes) from beginning to end, there’s no way it was even close to being done at 30 minutes. I’m not sure how that would be possible since mixing the meatballs, rolling them, baking them, frying bacon, cooking up onion and carrot until they’re starting to caramelize, and reducing the sauce are all time-consuming processes. It’s not *that* quick of a meal, but it was definitely worth it. It was warming, hearty, and crowd-pleasing. I also found that the amount of meat in the recipe is somewhere between one and two packages (the pre-prepared packages of ground turkey from the store, I know I could have gotten exactly the amount I needed if I’d gone to a butcher counter). So I ended up with extra meatballs since I wasn’t going to leave half a package of opened ground turkey sitting around. Not that I’m complaining! Anyways, I’d recommend this meal and I’d definitely make it again, but don’t start it 30 minutes before you want to get dinner on the table!

    1. Hi Jess! I am sorry this took longer than expected, but I am really glad it turned out so amazing for you! Thank you for trying this one! xTieghan

  23. 5 stars
    Another great one! Made it for my sister who is visiting for a few days (she actually introduced me to HBH a few months back), and it was perfect for the cold and rainy night she arrived on. She loved it! I doubled the mushrooms and garlic because that’s how we like things, and made a simpler mashed potato than yours, and it went super well together. Delicious and easy and something I will make over and over again. Thank you!

    1. Aw that is so sweet of you! I am really glad this turned out so well for you both, Tina! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  24. Made this tonight and it was yummy. Took more than 30 minutes, more like an hour, but would make again! Made double batch of meatballs so I could freeze a bunch to have for another meal.

  25. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious though definitely takes more than 10 mins to measure and prep everything. Took me closer to an hour start to finish.

    1. Hey Laura,
      I would just omit the mushrooms and you could add another veggie that you do enjoy. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    Easy, fast and delicious! Had to leave out the mushrooms due to a guests allergy so added Worcestershire, a but if soy sauce and some nutritional yeast to add a bit if earthiness. Thanks so much.

    1. Hey Michelle,
      You can omit the mushrooms. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  27. This was so yummy, we really enjoyed this as we do all your recipes! On all your recipes I used to be able to change the number of servings and it would re calculate the recipe. Can’t do that anymore fo some reason, it was so helpful, especially for those large dinner parties, can you bring that option back please?

    1. Hi Gail! It was not completely accurate before, so I am working on it! I am really happy you loved this recipe! xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    It’s a bit chilly here in Brazil and this recipe looks perfect for days like these! I’m cooking this today for dinner!

  29. I don’t see how the Prep times is 10 minutes- Mixing and making the meatballs alone would take 10 min. Then there’s chopping onions, carrots, mushrooms, and- measuring & adding the wine, stock, tomato paste… (Also, no vegetables are going to “caramelize” in 5 minutes). More ‘prep’ at the end, adding bacon, removing thyme… I’d say bare minimum in “real time” 45-60 minutes. And that doesn’t include any of the making of the mashed potatoes or brown butter sauce. It looks delicious and probably is, but it just seems silly to say the prep time is 10 min. & cook time is 20.

    1. Hi Linda! I am sorry this took longer than expected! I will look into the prep times again.. I hope this turned out amazing for you! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    Made this last night. Came out great!

    I was always a traditional Italian meatball person but spreading my wings and trying new things. Everyone enjoyed the comfort food on Election night!

  31. This is just what I need today, November 4th, 2020. Something that warms the soul and comforts the body. Thank you!

  32. Made this last night and was amazing..the flavors were on point…thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

    1. Hey Diane,
      Yes that would be fine to do. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Alice,
      Yes that will be fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  33. I made this for Halloween dinner, swapping out the wine for tart cherry juice, and it was delicious, though I think I let the sauce reduce a smidge longer just so it would be thicker. I made mashed potatoes to go with but couldn’t be bothered making them from scratch, so I used instant, BUUUUTTTT I did make sage-y brown butter to go on them which totally dialed them up! Such a good fall dish!

  34. Perfect timing! We’re going to a (socially distanced) wine pairing on Sunday with two other couples and I’m supposed to bring an appetizer. I’m going to make these into small appetizer servings. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Emily! I am sorry about that! Is there anything you changed in the recipe? I am glad it still turned out well for you! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    I made this for my family tonight and my mom said it was top 5 best things I’ve ever cooked for her! Thank you for this incredible recipe that boasts DELICIOUSNESS, uses affordable ingredients, and is somehow cozy, hearty, and refreshing at the same time,

  36. 4 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Thank you! Took one star off because….6 servings??!! Fed 3 of us nicely, with 6 smallish meatballs each. Your son must have a very small appetite!

  37. 5 stars
    This was really delicious. My roommate loved it too. My only complaint is that is takes me about an hour to complete. You would have to be super woman to get it all done in 30 minutes.

  38. So it was good but maybe I used the wrong Cabernet Sauvignon 🤷‍♀️ The sauce in the pic looks like a gorgeous brown and mine was so red! Including my veggies! The chicken meatballs were so sticky and could barely make into balls and the sauce wasn’t as much as I anticipated. In the picture it looks like it makes a lot of sauce but mine had enough to just coat the meatballs. So not a lot for the potatoes. Anyway just wondered if anyone else experienced this? Other than that it was tasty.

    1. Hey Kim! Was you wine cheaper? I am honestly not sure why your sauce would turn out so red.

      For the meatballs, what perfect fat did you use? Did they end up tasting good, but just look funny?

      Sorry for the trouble! Hope I can help once I have some more details! Thank you!! xTieghan

  39. 4 stars
    Hi loved it, however took more than 30.
    My daughter made the day before and questioned timing. I made the next day, I have a culinary degree and am good at time management. Is this recipe based on ingredients being already prepped? Again very tasty but timing off.

    Thanks enjoy you blog and recipes

    1. Hey,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, so sorry you had issues with timing. I include all timing above the ingredients, so prep time is 10 minutes and cook time is 20 minutes, giving a total of 30 minutes. I hope this makes sense! xTieghan

  40. 1 star
    We made this dish recently in our online cookbook club and none of us liked it. The sauce doesn’t get absorbed by the balls so the chicken balls were all dry and bland inside. I don’t know why I wasted 20min of my life deboning, skinning and grinding chicken breast meat to form balls that don’t absorb the sauce… It probably would have been better if I just used chopped up chicken pieces.
    Also, I think your recipe rating system is rigged. We noticed that even after the low ratings we gave the average rating goes up instead of down. Shady.

    1. Hi Sheila! I am sorry this recipe did not work for you. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with! I hope you love some other recipes of mine! Also, I am not sure why it would have gone up, but it is most definitely not rigged. I will look into this issue. xTieghan

  41. 1 star
    Don’t like. Chicken balls no taste. Balls don’t absorb sauce. Also too much wine. Better to use beef stock for deeper flavor, and maybe 1-2 Tbsp of sugar. This is weird unbalanced recipe.

    1. Hi Anja! I am really sorry this did not turn out well for you! Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with! xTieghan

  42. 5 stars
    Love this! Have made it twice and loved it both times, fairly easy to follow and I love to have the great taste of a traditional coq au vin without the long braising process. I cooked it for my parents, who said that they had already had coq au vin once before at a fancy restaurant and didn’t care for it, but they really liked this recipe! Adding this to my collection of favorites.

    1. Wow that is so amazing!! I am really glad this turned out so well for all of you, Alex! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hey Leah,
      Sure the crockpot would be a great option for the meatballs, I would do 6-7 hours on low and make the mashed potatoes separately. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  43. 5 stars
    This is one of my go-to recipes. The sauce has a lovely depth of flavor. Meatballs are easy to make — I add some thyme to them for extra flavor. Love this dish.

  44. 5 stars
    such a great option to an otherwise time intensive recipe. making this for the second time tonight.

    1. I am really glad this one turned out so well for you!! Thank you so much Elizabeth! xTieghan

  45. My partner asked if we could do an early dinner (very out of the ordinary for him) because he was elbow deep in farm chores and was STARVING. I knew it had to be good and filling, so I gave this a whirl. I had everything (except mushrooms) in the fridge and pantry. It. Was. Delicious. Just hearty, and flavorful, and so dang easy!
    Definitely will make again!

  46. 4 stars
    I made this recipe and the flavor was out of this world. However cooking the meatballs, after following the size instructions, and preheating the oven to 450 and baking for 15 minutes they came out like little balls of rubber. Next time I make this recipe, I will simmer them in the sauce. Also, with the bringing of the sauce to a boil and cooking for 10 minutes, the sauce would have been reduced to nothing but a paste. As it was I did that for less than 5 and the sauce was so thick and sticky. I would say bring to a boil and then turn it down as you stir for 10 minutes if that’s the case.

    1. Hmm that is so odd! Is there any questions I can help you with? Otherwise I hope this turns out even better the next time! xTieghan

  47. 1 star
    Sorry we didn’t like this dish. The meatballs were very bland. They were moist but the gravy just didn’t help the Flavor when you bite into them.

    1. Hi Susan! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with this recipe! I hope you continue to enjoy others on my blog! xTieghan

  48. The meatballs on their own were delicious. They were nice and light and flavorful..but add the sauce, and oh, my. Brought it up to a whole other level. Really good recipe for a cool evening.

  49. 5 stars
    I finally tried making this dish tonight and it was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and I was surprised how easy it was to make. You honestly cannot go wrong with this dish. The meatballs were moist and the sauce is amazing. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  50. 5 stars
    We loved this dish. Everything you promised was delivered. Quick prep, classic flavor, company worthy, etc. No flabby skin to remove. No pile of bones on the plate. In many ways, better than the original – and it certainly reheats easier with no worry that the chicken will get tough or dry. Thank you for a great dish. Just so you know, there appears to be two steps labeled No. 4.

  51. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and it was DELISH!! And it was fun to make, so easy and almost 5 minutes between each step which takes out the stress of “what’s next”. Best part, I got to finish the bottle of red wine! I’ll definitely be adding this into our winter rotation.

  52. 5 stars
    I did it as a Valentine’s Day dinner. I’m a terrible cook but this was go delicious! I used your recipe for mashed potatoes with herbs and it was just perfect. Thank you, i will use this recipe forever.

    Greetings from Poland

  53. Do you have any recommendations on how to make the meatballs without the egg? My boyfriend has an egg allergy and your cookbook has so many unique recipes without them!

    1. Hey Jess! You can actually just omit the egg completely. The meatballs work great and taste great minus the egg too. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  54. 5 stars
    Straightforward, savory, and super freaking delicious. Even my picky fb enjoyed this, and it held up great for leftovers the next day too.

  55. 5 stars
    I recently made this for a small dinner party and it was wonderful. I wanted to have it done before our friends came over so I added an extra 1/2 cup or so of the wine and broth so I could simmer and reduce but still have sauce. I also sauteed the mushrooms in some butter before adding to the mix so they didn’t break when mixing. It was awesome, we all really liked it. I would never be able to do this in 30 minutes though. It took that long just to get out all the ingredients and chop everything, but I know I am slow. Thanks for another wonderful recipe. It was a hit for sure and I will definitely make again

    1. Hi Andrea! Yes, 1 egg. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  56. 5 stars
    I made it for my friends gathering. We loved it so much. Easy, flavor rich, tasteful. Best combination with creamy mashed potatoes! Love your recipe! Thank you!

  57. 5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic. I followed it exactly with no adjustments. There was enough for our family of 4- plus leftovers for lunch. We served over mashed potatoes. It is a good weeknight meal that tastes like you worked all day making it!

    1. That is the best! I am really glad you and your family enjoyed this recipe, Ginger! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  58. 4 stars
    I made the meatballs last night and they were pretty good! I used turkey bacon but otherwise made the recipe as written. We really liked the sauce and wished there was more of it. If I make this again I’ll try 1.5x the sauce ingredients. I served this over egg noodles. The leftovers tasted even better.

    1. Hi Jessica! I am glad this turned out well for you! Please let me know if there are any questions I could help you with! xTieghan

  59. Is there anything I can substitute for the bacon? I do not eat pork or red meat. Turkey bacon isn’t going to work in this, smoked turkey perhaps?

    1. Hi Nikole! You can just omit the bacon completely. It’s not a huge deal. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  60. 4 stars
    I made this recipe to the letter and it smelled delicious! But the flavors fell a bit flat. Do you recommend a particular brand or wine or tomato paste? Would the flavors jump a bit more with increased thyme or simmering time?

    1. Hi Leora, I always recommend a wine that you personally drink and enjoy. What did you use? As for tomato paste, I use Kroger Simply Organic. A longer cooking time will always add more flavor, but it really should not be needed with this recipe. Did you season the sauce with salt and pepper before enjoying? Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. Hope I can help you! xTieghan

  61. 5 stars
    Tieghan, I wrote awhile back with a review of the Lamb Meatballs with Goddess Dressing that I said was one of the best things I’ve ever made in my 50 years of cooking. It now has a regular place in our rotation. I also cook for a 90 year old with only one tooth (!) and so looking for something easy for him to eat I decided to try these chicken meatballs. He has just finished eating them and said, “I think these are my new favorites!” So, you should know that your work has helped an old man eat healthfully, and happily. Well done! Most of your reviewers comment on your enchanting photos, but for any readers who decide to try this, let me just say you should! I doubled the amount of broth and wine, however, so that we would have more sauce on the potatoes. Next time, I might add a little pepper flake to the meatballs because we like things with a little heat. And, don’t skip the bacon in the sauce. It is absolutely essential. Again, well done! Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa! Wow, this is so sweet to hear!! I am really glad you loved the lamb meatballs and I am so happy that he enjoyed this recipe! That is so so sweet of you to make this for him! Thank you! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes! xTieghan

  62. 4 stars
    Hi there- great recipe. I made it tonight for my husband and teenage son. I found it a bit short of salt in the chicken/turkey balls and the sauce. We LOVED the mashed potatoes. Empty plates are always a good sign- thx for the great recipe.

  63. This recipe looks amazing can’t wait to try it! How would you make it gluten free or paleo? Could I use almond flour instead of bread crumb? Also have you tried cooking the meatballs in the sauce longer and less time in the oven to make them extra moist. Thank you!

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      I think almond flour could work well, but I have not tested it and I can’t say for sure what the results will be.

      You can certainly bake less and then simmer the meatballs longer in the sauce. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  64. 4 stars
    Made this recipe last night. It was easy and delicious. I cooked down the sauce longer than required so it wasn’t so watery, A nice take on making traditional meatballs.Served it with roasted broccoli.

  65. 5 stars
    Made this for the family during a ski vacation, perfect meal for a day after the slopes! Super simple, easy to put together and tasted divine. I think my new favorite thing is the sage browned butter for the potatoes, planning on using it for multiple dishes. Thanks again Tieghan for making life delicious and interesting!

  66. 5 stars
    Coq au vin chicken meatballs was delicious. Next time I think I’ll add more spices to the meatballs: maybe dried thyme, garlic salt, a little cayenne pepper? This is going to be a favorite to serve for company!

  67. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband. He loved the flavors and thought the dish was very rich but not overly rich. Vegetables cooked nicely. The chicken was not dry at all. I find some dishes that use ground chicken are very dry, this was Not. It was a well written recipe that was easy to prepare.

    As always, thank you!

  68. 5 stars
    Wow! Absolutely amazing. This tastes like it’s been slowly simmering on the stove for hours. The meatballs came out super juicy and soaked up some of the delicious sauce. Highly recommend making this wonderful dish.

  69. 5 stars
    LOVED this! Easy, and delicious. Really healthy too. I will be making this again. I doubled the meatballs and they are in the freezer waiting to join sauce some night soon.

  70. 3 stars
    Your picture of this dish looked absolutely amazing! It looked like the perfect “hygge” comfort food for my family. I enlisted the help of my three teenagers but it still took us almost an hour and 45 minutes to make this recipe. I followed your directions to a t and my (diced) carrots were still not soft and the meatballs lacked flavor and were a little dry. I will definitely make this recipe again as I think it can be incredible. I think the flavors just need more time to deepen, which cannot be done in 30 minutes. But thank you for giving us such a great twist on on Coq au Vin!

    1. Hi Mary! I am sorry this did not turn out as well as you expected! Please let me know if there is anything I could help you with! xTieghan

  71. Hi, Tiegan!
    Quick question! I read the comments to see if my question had already been answered, but i don’t see it. I’m allergic to mushrooms : / What would you suggest subbing?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to make this…your recipes have been making up our weekly menus for several weeks now : ) Love the new cookbook!

    1. Hi Nicole! I would just omit the mushrooms and use your favorite vegetable. I think broccoli would be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Julia! Yes, a dutch oven will work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  72. I have family members who don’t eat pork, if I remove the bacon would it change the taste entirely? Should I sub with something else?

    1. Hi Christina! You can just omit the bacon from the recipe. I would add 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika for additional flavor. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  73. This looks AMAZING. Can you suggest a substitute for the Parmesan and bacon? Much as it pains me to leave these out, my husband and some guests are lactose intolerant and don’t eat pork. Thanks for any suggestions!

    1. Hi Alicia! You can just omit the parmesan and bacon from the recipe. I would add 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika for additional flavor to replace the bacon. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  74. I made these last night with just the smallest tweak of doubling the batch and adding a roux to thicken the sauce a little (easier for kids to eat). It was such a hit! Everyone had seconds and to-go boxes were requested!

  75. 5 stars
    Made this tonight pretty much exactly as written, and it turned out really well. Everyone liked it, husband and 2 and 6 year olds all approved. My youngest is very picky so this was a pleasant surprise!

    1. HI! I would just omit the mushrooms from the recipe or you can add 1 sweet potato if you would like! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and I hope you had a Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  76. Made this recipe yesterday for my husband to eat while I was out with some girlfriends. Consequently, I haven’t tried. It yet but he claimed it delicious! Can’t wait to have leftovers tonight!

  77. Made this dish tonight while the temps slowly drop to frigid. It was really delicious and the wine is key to the sauce. I served it over egg noodles because I didn’t have any potatoes in the house. Beautiful presentation and it was a fancy dish on a Monday night. Thanks for another comfort food to add to my list.

  78. Yum! I’m getting so many good ideas from you. This is tonight’s meal, but I’m gonna make homemade spaetzel to serve with the meatballs.

  79. I made this tonight- flavors were amazing! And super simple… but my carrots didn’t cook all the way through and then trying to leave it in the sauce while it reduces left me with little sauce- any suggestions for next time?

    1. Hey Amy! Just try cutting your carrots up smaller next time so that they cook up faster. Or saute them longer to soften them before adding the other ingredients. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  80. 5 stars
    Have been wanting to make this meal and it didn’t disappoint. Easy, quick and oh so delicious. Thanks, T!

  81. I just made this tonight. It was delicious. Tastes like it’s been cooking all day. Recipe went exactly as written. Made with the salted honey dinner rolls. Will be on our rotation. Thank you!

  82. 5 stars
    Delicious! Its a cold rainy night here in NY. Perfect night for this dish. I am a big fan of coq au vin, Followed the recipe exactly, served over mashed potatoes. It has all the flavor, but not the fuss and time. Love it! Thanks for all the great recipes Tieghan!

    1. Hey Casey! You can actually just omit the egg. You don’t need to replace it with anything, the meatballs will still be just as great!! Just make sure to not over cook them or they will turn our a little dry. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  83. 5 stars
    I made this recipe the first time and I absolutely loved it! I decided to make it again and double it because my boyfriend literally ate everything the first time. The second time around the sauce was a more watery…? Do you know what I might’ve done wrong?

    1. Hey Rachel! It sounds like the proportions are just off since you double the recipe. Try using less liquid next time OR double the amount of tomato paste to thicken the sauce. Either or will work well I am sure. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I so glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  84. Just devoured this dish! A couple of thoughts: it does help to have everything ready to go if you want to have it done in 45 minutes. Also, some comments have indicated that the sauce was too thin. I added a slurry of 1TBS cornstarch/1 TBS water before adding the meatballs to simmer and it made it a little thicker for bread dunking!

  85. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made it last weekend. The meatballs smelled so good coming out of the oven I could have eaten them just like that. The sauce was the best part, though, really flavorful. I could have used more, because it either cooked down too much or got soaked up by the meatballs. I’d add even more mushrooms next time too, as they shrank while cooking. It took me about 1 1/2 hours but I guess I’m kinda slow in the kitchen.

  86. 5 stars
    This is a really solid recipe. Smelled amazing, tasted great, and everyone I made it for was a big fan. I feel like I am never let down by your recipes. It’s nice to be able to count on something found on the internet because that’s not always the case with other online recipes.

    The only thing I will personally do differently is to cook the meatballs for less time in the oven and then put them in the sauce to finish cooking. I believe I let them overcook in the oven which was a shame but obviously my oversight, not the recipes.

    Cheers to your new book, it’s on my Christmas list!

  87. Made this last night! I used turkey for the meatballs, they came out a little dry so I’ll have to figure that one out. I also used chopped up pancetta from Trader Joe’s instead of bacon because #easy. Super super yummy. I also used rigatoni in lieu of mashers and it made for a fabulous pasta! Will be making again!

  88. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe, but I need more practice to get that under 30 minutes. Cooking for my wife and when she came home to see that I had only made the cauliflower mash in 30mins, was a hilarious situation! Total time = 1hr 45 mins haha!!

  89. 5 stars
    Omg, these were soooooo good. I used ground turkey and just made plain old mashed potatoes. This recipe did not disappoint! Definitely will be adding these to my make again rotation. Thanks!

  90. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit! Even my junk food loving, Jack in the Box runner after we eat dinner kid enjoyed this. And no run to Jack in the Box! The flavors were a perfect blend, no tweaking on my end. I forgot to take a picture.

  91. 5 stars
    A+++ Tieghan, as always! Just made this recipe and it is definitely going into the rotation! I would echo a few other commenters that it is important to keep an eye on the meatballs to not overcook in the oven b/c they will be on the stove again at the end to marinate with the sauce (YUM). The sauce and veggies are the hero of this dish – you could make with many other types of meatballs or “mains” and it would be amazing. I made this dish with wild rice instead of potatoes because i happened to have on hand (MN!) and it was just fab.

  92. I am going to attempt this tonight! I have also just made a batch of cranberry simple syrup so I can do a “test batch” 😉 of your Cranberry Bourbon Sours before Thanksgiving. ‘Can’t believe I am just now finding out about you and your blog. I found you completely by accident while exploring Instagram. I could spend forever on this blog!

  93. 5 stars
    Wow! It’s an amazing recipe! Thank you so much, I did it for dinner tonight – and everyone was more than happy.
    Because we love sauce I’ve added a bit more of liquids.

  94. 5 stars
    Yum! I made this for dinner last night and am eating the leftovers for lunch as I write this. Such a delicious comfort-meal. Thank you for the recipe! PS I love the new cookbook. It’s getting tons of use.

  95. 4 stars
    I made this last night…one of our few cold days in Houston! I love any kind of meatballs and adding the coq au vin spin really caught my eye. I could have eaten the sauce all by itself. ? only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is the meatballs were very bland. They definitely needed more seasoning than the “pinch” of salt and pepper. Maybe some other seasonings also to amp up the flavor a bit? I will definitely make it again. Love your IG feed and just got your cookbook!

  96. 5 stars
    This meal is delicious. I premade the meatballs earlier in the day and they almost didn’t make it to dinner with the family snacking on them. Delish.

  97. 4 stars
    I made this dish yesterday, after seeing your post on Instagram. It was very good, but the chicken meatballs were quite dry. Any tips? Might make extra sauce next time. Thanks

    1. hi Sally! How long did you bake and how large did you make the meatballs? It’s important to not over bake them or make them too small or they will come out a little dry. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  98. I just wanted to say that while your photos are amazing, your recipes, in my opinion actually taste even better. I am no chef, however, food is my passion. I have been cooking for over a decade now and I know good food when I taste it. You are one of the greats. I am so amazed that you started at such a young age. In fact, you are still so young. You have a true talent. Keep up the great work and keep feeding me. As long as you keep making recipes, I will keep cooking them!

    1. Hi Ally! You are so sweet! Thank you so much for trying my recipes, I am so glad you have been loving them! xTieghan

  99. 2 stars
    I don’t know what’s happening but the last few I have made have not been good. I knew when I was making this that there wasn’t a thickening agent so the liquid would be thin but on top of that the flavor tasted very “I’m a new cook”. This and the Sunday ragu were disappointing and lacking real flavor. This is when you see the difference of a chef and a cook that takes pretty pictures. Losing me…

    1. Hi! I am really sorry to hear that many of my recipes have not been turning out well for you. I would love to help you out if you have any questions on them all. I do believe my recipes are just as delicious as the photos I take are pretty, and am always willing to help you guys out if a recipes does not turn out as expected! xTieghan

  100. 5 stars
    Absolutely phenomenal! Just ordered your book because I was so impressed.
    I think people licked their plates after dinner and it’s been agreed on that it will be made again this week – can’t waste the wine, right?

  101. 5 stars
    These were hands down the best meatballs I’ve ever had! I cooked them for date night and my boyfriend wants to marry me now! It took me about two hours since I doubled the recipe but it was just so delicious! I cannot rave enough about these!

  102. 5 stars
    These were hands down the best meatballs I’ve ever had! I cooked them for date night and my boyfriend wants to marry me now! It took me about two hours but it was just so delicious! I cannot rave enough about these!

  103. Hi, this looks delicious! But do you think the sauce would work without the wine, if I increase the amount of stock and perhaps add tamari or worcestershire sauce to deepen the flavour? Thanks so much, Tina

    1. Hi Tina! I think that sounds like a great idea. I would use an equal amount of broth. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  104. 5 stars
    Made this tonight! ran to the store at dinner time and came home and cooked this. I’m about to go into labor but this looked to god to not have right away. It was great! Totally made a mistake and put the whole can of tomato paste oops! (small can though) but the tomato was overpowering after it was reduced I ended up adding some balsamic vinegar and a little maple syrup to tone down the overwhelming tomato.. it was good! I’ll try this again another night! The meatballs came out perfect though! Super easy! My picky 3 year old enjoyed this meal! She said “mommy you make it taste good” hehe Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for trying this! And WOW about to go into labor?! Congratulations!! I hope everything goes well Kailey! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Kellee! Yes, that works wonderfully. Directions with the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  105. 5 stars
    Made it tonight..hubby and I loved it! I used organic hamburger b/c that is what I had on hand. Next time will try the chicken/turkey. Thank you!

  106. Hi 🙂

    This looks amazing! Do you think that it will still be good if I choose to opt out of using the wine? Is there a substitute you can recommend? Thank you!

    1. Hi Anna! I would recommend using 3/4 cup cranberry juice + 3/4 cup chicken broth. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Erika! Ground beef will be great I am sure! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Sara! You should just be able to omit the egg. The meatballs will still be great! Just cook 3-4 minutes less. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  107. 5 stars
    Wow. I made this last night for dinner, and it was INCREDIBLE. SO easy and quick, but tasted like I slaved over this dish for hours. My roommates kept saying the house smelled like a chef’s kitchen. As per usual, another win from Half Baked Harvest! <3

  108. 5 stars
    This was absolutely fantastic. My 4 & 7-year-old boys ate two servings each! Definitely will be adding this to our regular winter meal rotation. Thanks for the delicious recipe, Tieghan! As always, your recipes never disappoint!

  109. This dish was delicious! Perfect for a cool fall dinner. I doubled the meatball recipe and ended up with 60 of the cutest little meatballs! I used my 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop for a uniform size. I have them saved to use in another recipe later. Thanks for this spot on recipe – your instructions yielded the perfect result!

  110. 5 stars
    We made it tonight and the flavors are exactly right. Because I used ground turkey breast, the meatballs were a little dry. Next time I’ll either use regular ground turkey or half ground pork/half ground turkey. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  111. 5 stars
    This was very good. We found that the flavor was delicious and the meatballs were very good. Our family enjoyed it. I love broadening my boyfriend’s palette through Tieghan’s unique recipes. I try making them at least once a week. Thank you so much!

    1. Awh that is so sweet to hear! I am so glad you have been loving my recipes Devon and I hope you continue to! xTieghan

  112. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was delicious! Definately adding it to my autumn “go to” recipes. I minced chicken thighs and added them to the ground chicken for more texture in the meatballs. Thanks for inspiring me to cook more!! My family is enjoying your food so much! <3 Tracy

  113. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Made the recipe exactly as written, except I simmered the sauce for a couple of hours before adding the meatballs to develop the flavors a bit more.

  114. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and it tasted good but the sauce doesn’t thicken because there isn’t a thickening agent. Also the meatballs should simmer in the sauce for longer than 10 minutes to absorb flavor

  115. I notice you use a lot of red wine in your recipes. What can be used in place of red wine? Thanks so much! This meatball recipe looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Roxanne! I recommend using 3/4 cup chicken broth + 3/4 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice in place of the red wine in this recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  116. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was fun and simple but most of all delicious. I used a mix of mushrooms to create a complex flavor and even my ‘picky eater’ enjoyed it. Thanks!

  117. 5 stars
    Out of control delicious! It’s the perfect dish for entertaining. Delicious and has suuuuch a complex flavor! To make my meatballs paleo, I simply subbed out the Panko for almond flour 1:1. Love you so much for the recipe; a true hit, girl! Xx

  118. 5 stars
    I ended up making this last night and it was excellent! Really delicious, and I am loving all the recipes with chicken meatballs! 😀

  119. 5 stars
    Made this last night and ate the leftovers today – it is delicious! I recommend prepping all ingredients prior to starting the process… I’m a newbie cook and learning how much more fluid this makes the cooking process. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  120. Do you think this could be made ahead of time as a freezer meal (minus potatoes of course)… Then re-heated in say a crock pot??

    1. Hey Sarah! Yes, that is such a great idea!! They freeze really well in the sauce and I love the idea of warming in the crockpot. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  121. 5 stars
    I wish I would have thought to take photos but I made this last night for my family and it was SUCH a HUGE hit! Perfect way to end a snowy, no school day here in Denver after carving pumpkins . I decided to serve it with Parmesan Polenta and it was super delicious. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new cookbook! I have it on my wishlist for Christmas. 😉 . Hope you are keeping warm! Thank you for the amazing recipes! Happy Halloween!

  122. Yum, Teighan, this looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it! Long time fan! Saw you on GMA and you ROCKED it! I don’t know what they were thinking having two recipes in like 20 seconds, but you handled that crazy time limitation with such grace! I was excited to see you have another cookbook out and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  123. I have some venison chopped for chili—was wondering if it would work with this recipe? It’s copped fine, not ground.

    1. Hi Patricia! It is hard for me to say. Does the meat hold well together similar to ground meat? IF so then I think it should work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  124. Definitely making this one! I’m loving ground chicken meatballs – I use more minced onion as
    I think it makes the meatballs more moist. I’m wondering if cooking the onions with a smoked
    turkey wing can replace the bacon without too much of a change in the taste? I have so many
    non-meat eaters at my table these days.

    Thanks for the recipe!


    1. HI! I am sure that will be delicious! What a good idea!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Christine! The meatballs freeze wonderfully in the sauce for up to 3 months. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  125. 5 stars
    Looks like another great recipe to try <3
    I saw you on GMA 🙂 you did awesome, wish they'd left more time for you 🙂

  126. your super simple cookbook is FABULOUS!! Delivered to my mailbox yesterday, already bookmarked at least a dozen to make!!

  127. 5 stars
    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I have a feeling it will be featured in my regular meal rotation all fall and winter!

  128. OMG this popped up on my screen, and the first snowflakes of the season just appeared outside my office window simultaneously. Couldn’t be better! This looks amazing and will be on my immediate to-do list. Congrats on the new cookbook! Mine is on its way! 😀