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Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Teriyaki Pineapple Sauce

Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Teriyaki Pineapple Sauce are the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and kid friendly. Sweet, pineapple soy meatballs are packed with grated zucchini to create a delicious teriyaki flavor. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese, Kid friendly
Keyword hidden veggies, meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 385 kcal
Author Morgan


For the meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey or other lean meat
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 small yellow squash grated and squeezed to remove water (about ½-¾ cup squeezed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil I used olive

For the sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks in juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and prepare a large oven safe skillet with the oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the meat and oil into a large bowl until everything is moist. Add meat and mix thoroughly.
  3. Portion into small meatballs, about 1 tbs each in size. Place into skillet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. While they are baking, remove fruit from the juice (save the juice!) and chop to your desired size. Remove the meatballs from the pan and put the pan on the stove over medium heat.
  5. Add chopped garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add 1 cup of the chopped pineapple (save the rest for on top of yogurt or in smoothies!) and saute about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a minute before adding the meatballs back in.
  6. Cook another minute or two, and then serve over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to play with the meat used - hidden veggie meatballs tolerate lean meats well since the veggies add a lot of moisture.
  • Sesame oil is totally optional, but adds a ton of flavor. If you regularly cook Asian food, definitely grab a small bottle. Use sparingly as the flavor is huge.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Teriyaki Pineapple Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.