Chicken Meatballs and Pineapple Sauce

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.

Gluten Free Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple Dipping Sauce


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 teaspoonsmoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup gluten-free rolled oats


Preheat the oven to 400°F.

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.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, olive oil, tomato paste, shallot, garlic, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

In a small food processor, pulse the oats until coarsely ground. Add to the bowl.

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.

Pour the dipping sauce into a serving bowl. Serve meatballs alongside the sauce and provide toothpicks to assist with the dipping.

Serves 8 gluten free guests

Written by Kim Maes

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