Light and Easy Recipes and Meal Ideas

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Calories: 247
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I usually leave out breadcrumbs in lean ground chicken and turkey meatballs because the meat is dry. I find that the breadcrumbs just make it even dryer.


The sweet and sour sauce coats about 25 meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. 

Recipe makes 25 chicken meatballs. Serving size is 5 coated meatballs.

Yield/Servings: 5 Serving Size: 5 meatballs Total Cook/Prep time: 30 minutes


  • For the chicken meatballs:
  • 2 lbs lean ground chicken breast
  • 1 medium onion (diced small)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (to thicken)


Start with the sauce

Mix the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a wire whisk

The sauce will look cloudy at first because of the cornstarch

Heat the sauce on the stovetop (low heat) for about 5 minutes stirring frequently with a wire whisk. The sauce will thicken slightly. When it has the texture of syrup, remove it from the heat and set aside.

The sauce will thicken more as it cools.

For the meatballs:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl 

Form them into 1 1/2 inch balls

Heat a pan on the stovetop (low - medium heat)

Spray the pan with cooking spray and cook meatballs about 10 - 15 minutes, rotating them as they cook

Test to be sure they are cooked all the way through

Place the meatballs in a serving bowl and pour the sauce over them.

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