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Butter Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Masala Sauce

October 28, 2014

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored and written on behalf of Nature’s Palate. I was compensated for my time but as always, all opinions are my own. This is a product I would 100% use in my own home. Thank you for helping support my dream of running THM as a business.

This is my third instalment of my series with an awesome local Toronto company called “Nature’s Palate”. In case you missed them, I made a Honey Mustard Veggie Frittata with their Honey Mustard Glaze for a quick and easy breakfast and a Bacon and Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw with their Bacon Caesar Dressing for a hearty and basic lunch.

The perfect blend of Indian spices and flavour with these baked Butter Chicken Meatballs with a Spicy Masala Sauce. Ready in 30 minutes or less!The premise of this partnership was simple, create delicious meals filled with whole foods that won’t break the bank or take hours to make. Each recipe I have developed can be made in under 30 minutes and without a ton of ingredients. These Butter Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Masala Sauce are the final piece to the full-day of meals trifecta.

Admittedly, it’s a bit tough to make an Indian flavoured meal with as few ingredients as possible. It’s the spices that will get you! Luckily, NP took out half the work by creating the most delicious Butter Chicken Sauce that is free of any kind of preservatives or artificial ingredients. Then I pulled a couple tricks from up my sleeve and used a Garam Masala spice blend (so you don’t have to buy 10 spices!) and pre-made no-sugar added tomato sauce.

I think people believe that because I preach eating a diet made from real, clean food that I don’t eat any pre-made stuff. This just isn’t true. If all I had in front of me was shelves or 100 calorie packs and other sorts of Frakenfoods, why yes I would go running straight for the produce and never look back. But the food industry is changing. Awesome companies like NP are getting back to the roots of what food is supposed to be all about, nutritious.

The perfect blend of Indian spices and flavour with these baked Butter Chicken Meatballs with a Spicy Masala Sauce. Ready in 30 minutes or less!Let’s have a look at what’s in NP’s Butter Chicken Sauce:

Water, Grass Fed Butter, Onion, Pure Tomato Paste, Ginger, Garlic, Pure Lemon Juice Concentrate, Spices, Sea Salt, Cilantro

Do you see anything you’ve never heard of or cannot pronounce in this list? Finally there are companies emerging that are catering to the needs of people who want REAL food but may not have endless hours to spend in the kitchen making it.

I love that I’ve been able to work with a company that is helping to spread a message that I am also working hard to promote. I love that they are making your lives easier and I love that you can enjoy a delicious Indian-inspired meal and know exactly what you are eating.

The perfect blend of Indian spices and flavour with these baked Butter Chicken Meatballs with a Spicy Masala Sauce. Ready in 30 minutes or less!If companies like NP keep popping up than I think I can start having faith that the foods that my children and my children’s children will be exposed to will be just this, food. If you’re in Toronto, do me favour and go pick up a bottle of Nature’s Palate dressings or sauces. And if not, go buy a product from a company that is local to you and is trying to change the game in a food industry just like NP is.

As cliche as this may be, you have the power to change the world. And sometimes all it takes is one meal.


Butter Chicken Meatballs with a Spicy Masala Sauce

  • Total Time: 30 minutes


For the Butter Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 lb organic ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup Nature’s Palate Butter Chicken Sauce
  • salt and pepper

For the Spicy Masala Sauce:

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup no sugar-added tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or less for less spicy)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1 tsp honey

Optional: Serve on a bed of zoodles (I use this spiralizer), rice or base of choice.


For the Butter Chicken Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients.
  3. Roll into 12 large or 24 small-sized meatballs.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 mins.

For the Spicy Masala Sauce:

  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large pot and sauté garlic, ginger and onions for 3 minutes.
  2. Add in tomato sauce, coconut milk and spices and bring to a boil.
  3. Add honey, and simmer uncovered for 10 mins.
  4. Plate meatballs onto base of choice and top with sauce.


  • Serving Size: 4

The perfect blend of Indian spices and flavour with these baked Butter Chicken Meatballs with a Spicy Masala Sauce. Ready in 30 minutes or less!Want to try Nature’s Palate? Check out where you can find their products at a store near you:

Store Locator         Nature’s Palate on Facebook           Nature’s Palate on Instagram

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 28, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I will stock up on this in T town BOOM. Wish we had these kind of products here. All we have are tim tams and chewing gum.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      hahahahaha chewing gum. I don’t know why I find that so funny. I’ll moisturize you in butter chicken sauce. See you soon EEEEEEK!!!!

  • Reply
    Tina muir
    October 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Gooooooooood idea! I lovvveee butter chicken, and would never think to put it with meatballs! YUM!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    October 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    You are so right. There are actually some really great ‘pre-made’ products on the market that totally rock and are healthy. Everytime I go to Whole Foods I find a new to me pre-made product that I end up loving. One of my favs is the smoked apple sage field roast sausages.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Ahhhhh need to try them! I never ever make it to Whole Foods (because I live in a bubble lol) but the chicken sausages from the Healthy Butcher are amaaazing too! Hope all is well, lovely!

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    Sarah PIe
    October 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’ve never had butter chicken before but this sounds delicious! And I agree that it is great to see more and more REAL food products in stores these days, it makes it more accessible for people to eat good, healthy, food without having to prepare everything.

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    October 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Oh man, I can’t get over how juicy and delicious these chicken meatballs are! I bet the Nature’s Palate Butter Sauce was really the topping on the cake. Just thinking about anything with the word “butter” in it makes me swoon 😉 .

    Great recipe and gorgeous photography like usual, girlie!

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    October 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Butter chicken sauce?! I want to put that on eeeeerythang! I love how easy peasy the sauce makes the meal, and it looks so healthful and delicious – worlds better than so many other sauces out there. Those zucchini noodles and meatballs are calling to me!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Love the idea of using butter chicken with meatballs! As for pre-made products – they’re necessary sometimes. Obviously, I prefer better ingredients so I’ll have to check these guys out!

  • Reply
    October 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I guess I’m an idiot – I don’t know what butter chicken is.
    However, this recipe looks really good and like something that the boys would love!!

  • Reply
    October 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Hey! Great recipe! I live in Vaughan – any chance you know where I can find this sauce? Thanks!!’n

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    Megan Ware, RDN
    October 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    When I first saw this post I thought OH, that looks ridiculously good! Then I started scrolling through and saw that the sauce was in a bottle and thought oh… no thanks. THEN I read a little more and saw that OHHHHH, it’s actually made from whole foods! Props to you for finding this product and giving props to the companies that are going against the status quo to change our food culture for the better.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 28, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks, lady! I am pretty wary of pre-made stuff too but this company really is awesome. It was such a pleasure to be able to work with them and kind of awesome that I have all these extra bottle around so I can make more recipes 🙂 Thanks for your kind comment!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    October 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    That’s an impressive ingredient list! Wow. If only all companies could be like that. And your meatballs look amazing by the way!

    I don’t really buy a lot of pre-packaged products except for occasionally hummus (love Sunflower Kitchen, although I had a bad business experience with them recently) when I’m too lazy to make it, almond butter and nut butter alternatives (Barney Butter and The SoyNut Butter Company).

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    October 29, 2014 at 1:11 am

    It disappoints me that even premade sauces by organic companies contain sugar. Cool, organic brown sugar, must be Healthy?? No. I want a tomato sauce that’s sugar free because for me sugar doesn’t belong there. I haven’t found sugar free sauces here anywhere yet 🙁

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    October 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Okay, is butter chicken a Canadian-Indian thing? I swear I ONLY see it in Canada/on Canadian blogs. I wish they sold this in CA, I would be allll over it.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    October 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    that sauce looks delicious. its nice to see such great companies out there!

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    October 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I love companies like this. We need more of them, although these ones do give me more hope for our food future.

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    September 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Oh man! These look SO good! At first i was a little disappointed, because usually when you see these posts and it’s a new healthy product, chances are they are either only available in the US, or even though they are healthier than most things, they still have ingredients I can’t have (I have a TON of food intolerances!). I was so happy to see that I could actually eat this sauce, and that they sell it in a grocery store close by! AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be trying it out soon!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      That is so awesome! They are a seriously wonderful company. So happy you can try out the recipe 🙂

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