Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs are a healthy twist on your favorite teriyaki dishes made with a combination of lean ground chicken, cooked quinoa, green onions, garlic, and a simple homemade teriyaki sauce.
Last week I shared this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe and many of you reached out asking about the meatball dish in the background. Originally I didn’t think to share it since it is just a basic chicken and quinoa meatball that I decided to smother in teriyaki sauce, but since you asked – here we go! And I am actually excited to share it because it’s a really good meatball recipe and everything tastes good in teriyaki sauce.
Let’s start with the meatballs. I use this meatball recipe all the time with my 18 month old since it’s so much easier for her to eat quinoa mixed into a meatball than on its own. Usually for her I throw in some shredded veggies too. It’s a basic combination of ground chicken, turkey, or beef with cooked quinoa, an egg, green onions, garlic, and a touch of soy sauce.
Since I am always in need for quick meals for her, I usually make up a big batch and we will all have them for dinner. Then I will freeze the leftovers to pop out when I need something quick and easy. We eat these with all kinds of dishes from pasta to stir-fries to sandwiches. They are really versatile and you can always mix up the spice blend to make something that pairs perfectly with your meal.
So last week when I was staring at a vat of the homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce, I immediately thought of these meatballs. Plus I had just made a huge batch for the freezer, so I knew it meant minimal meal prep. Once the meatballs were cooked, I tossed them with the teriyaki sauce and we had it over brown rice with some steamed broccoli. So easy and so good. We were licking our plates to get the last of the sauce.
Here are some things to keep in mind when making these Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs: