Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple Dipping Sauce Recipe

This healthy version of baked chicken meatballs uses gluten-free oats instead of breadcrumbs. They are tender and juicy and very easy to make. The pineapple dipping sauce is the perfect sweet accompaniment to these. I also make these as a meal occasionally for our family and serve them with the sauce over rice.

5 from 1 vote
Gluten Free Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple Dipping Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Total Time
38 mins

This is a healthy version of meatballs that uses chicken and gluten-free oats. Pair them with the pineapple dipping sauce, the perfect sweet accompaniment.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 290 kcal
Author: Kim Maes
For the sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • ¼ cup gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ small pineapple finely diced
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the meatballs:
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • cup gluten-free rolled oats
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients for the pineapple dipping sauce to a low boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, olive oil, tomato paste, shallot, garlic, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a small food processor, pulse the oats until coarsely ground. Add to the bowl.
  5. With clean hands, mix together all of the meatball ingredients until loosely combined. Form the chicken into 1-inch balls and roll in your hands until round and smooth. Arrange the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until cooked through and beginning to brown on the bottom, about 20 minutes.
  6. Pour the dipping sauce into a serving bowl. Serve meatballs alongside the sauce and provide toothpicks to assist with the dipping.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple Dipping Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 805mg 34%
Potassium 787mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 37.1%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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