Air Fryer Merguez Meatballs (Whole 30)

Lately, my cooking is looking alot like an episode of the competitive cooking show, Chopped. I am grabbing a bunch of random stuff from my fridge and freezer and trying to turn it into a meal.

This morning, I all I found in the fridge was ground chicken and some random vegetables and salad greens because I haven’t been to the grocery store in almost two weeks.

The meatballs are a simple recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Everyday Air Fryer by Urvashi Pitre. Beware! This recipe packs a little punch. It was a little surprising when I bit into the first meatball.

African Merguez Meatballs

Adapted From the Everyday Air Fryer Cookbook

1/2 lb ground chicken

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground fennel

1/4 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp ground allspice

In a medium bowl, gently mix the chicken, garlic, paprika, salt, cumin, black pepper, fennel, coriander, cayenne and allspice. Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed but don’t over mix. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature or,cover and store overnight in the fridge.

When ready to cook, form the mixture into 8 meatballs. Put them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Set the air fryer for 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turning the meatballs halfway through the cooking time.