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Sweet, Island Meatballs

This recipe came to me on a whim. I had some pineapple juice (leftover from a weekend lituation) and some ground chicken.  Next thing I know, I'm combining the chicken, pineapples and some teriyaki sauce in hopes that I could make sumn' shake. Needless to say, this is one of the best recipes I've made to date. Enjoy these sweet tings. 

Teriyaki and Pineapple Chicken Meatballs 🍍🐓

Teriyaki and Pineapple Chicken Meatballs 🍍🐓

Ingredients:  

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken  
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp plain bread crumbs  
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Teriyaki sauce   
  • 1 tsp onion powder  
  • 1 tsp brown sugar  
  • 1 tsp paprika (preferably sweet Hungarian, but any paprika will do)
  • Salt  
  • Pepper  
  • Olive oil  

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of Teriyaki sauce  
  • 1/4 cup of pineapple juice  
  • Pineapple tidbits (optional) 

Steps

  1. Meatballs - combine all ingredients together (except olive oil). 
  2. Throughly mix together and roll meat into 1-inch balls.  
  3. Drop a few tablespoons of olive oil into a frying pan. When oil is warm, add meatballs.
  4. Cook each side of the meatball for at least 4 minutes per side. Coninue cooking until meatballs are brown on all  sides.
  5. Remove meatballs from oil. 
  6. In a separate pan on medium to medium high heat, add sauce ingredients.
  7. Once sauce begins to thicken, add meatballs. And cook for an additional minute. 
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy these sweet 'tings.  

 

Culture Corner

  • This meatball recipe is an adaptation of Japanese Tsukune - a charcoal grilled chicken meatball, brushed with a sweet soy sauce.  
  • Different cultures use different types of meat in their meatballs, here's a few:
  1.  Kofte - an Indian meatball made primarily of lamb 
  2. Bitterballen - Dutch meatballs made of veal and fried golden brown  
  3. Faggots - Pork meatballs with bacon and liver from Wales  
  4. Bakso - Indonesian meatballs made of beef and fish