Chicken meatballs protected within the most scrumptious Hawaiian BBQ sauce! They’re spiced up with a sweet and tangy homemade sauce with the intention to have you ever hooked. Tender, filled with taste and require minimal work — WIN!
- 1 ¾ – 2 pounds ground chicken (or turkey)
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs*
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- HAWAIIAN BBQ SAUCE:
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Position 2 racks near the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the ingredients of the Hawaiian BBQ sauce over medium-high heat, allow to come to a boil, reduce the heat so it simmers. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools so don’t worry if it looks thin.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, panko, paprika, and onion powder. Use your hands to mix all the ingredients together. It’s easier to tell when the ingredients are combined when using hands. DO NOT OVERMIX, it will result in drier meatballs.
- Shape the meat mixture into a ball, about 3 tablespoons of meat per ball. You can also do this with an ice cream scoop. Place shaped meatballs on a prepared baking sheet. bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked.
- Using 2 tablespoons, dip each individual meatball into the sauce. Alternately, you can brush each meatball with the sauce. Place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes. Drizzle or brush with additional sauce as desired.
i]Panko is a Japenese style of breadcrumbs.[br][br]A combination of ground chicken and turkey can be used to make these meatballs.[br][br]If you would like to serve your meatballs with sauce, I would double the ingredients for the sauce portion as this recipe makes just enough for basting.[br][br]The meatball mixture can be prepared the night before and baked the day of if desired.[/i][br]–[br][b]© Copyright. All images & content are the sole property of Little Spice Jar. Please obtain permission prior to using my images. If you would like to republish a recipe, please link back to this post and re-write the instructions in your own words.[/b]