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A bowl of sweet and sour meatballs, rice and bell peppers, with a fork in the bowl

Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs

Asian inspired soft and flavorful chicken meatballs coated with a sticky tangy sweet and sour sauce, serve with seared bell peppers and rice. A delicious meal that makes great meal prep!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: asian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 623kcal
Author: MinShien


Asian Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 lbs lean ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 cups Panko breadcrumbs more if needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • cooking oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


  • cooking oil optional
  • 2 red or orange bell peppers sliced
  • a pinch of salt to taste
  • cooked white or brown rice


  • In a large bowl, combine all Asian Chicken Meatballs ingredients except cooking oil. Mix well. If mixture is not firm enough to roll into balls, add more Panko breadcrumbs 1 tbsp at a time.
  • Grab a small piece of the meat mixture and roll into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls (see Note 1).
  • Add cooking oil to skillet and set to medium heat. Once oil is heated, bring meatballs to skillet. Avoid overcrowding and cook in two batches if needed. Sear on one side for 1-2 minutes until golden brown, then continuously flip and sear other sides to make sure the entire meatball is cooked.
  • Cover skillet and lower to medium low heat if needed (see Note 2).
  • Once meatballs are cooked or reaches 165º F, remove from skillet and bring to a large bowl.
  • Using the same skillet (add more cooking oil if needed), saute sliced bell peppers until softened. Season with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat.
  • Heat a small pot to medium heat and bring all the Sweet and Sour Sauce ingredients to a boil. Lower to medium low heat and cook for another few minutes until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Toss chicken meatballs evenly in sweet and sour sauce.
  • Bring Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs, bell peppers and rice to bowl.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Note 1: Refrigerating mixture can help firm up mixture and makes it easier to roll into balls.  
Note 2: This is to ensure the insides of the meatballs are cooked thoroughly without burning the outsides. If covering, make sure to not cover for an extended period of time. Check every 30 second and keep flipping meatballs.


Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1999IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg
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