Friday, April 1, 2011


Sweet & Sour Chicken Meatballs
photo & recipe via Naturally Ella

2 slices bread
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil (I couldn't bring myself to spend $7.99, so I used olive oil)
1 pound ground chicken
1/4 cup fresh parsley (1 tablespoon dry)
1 egg
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple pieces, drained (set juice aside for sauce)

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup natural sugar (I used granulated sugar)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Pinch cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small skillet, heat sunflower oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook until onions are transparent (about 3 to 4 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly.

Using a food processor, turn bread into crumbs (or shred with your hands). In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients (everything except pineapples); stir until everything is mixed thoroughly. Shape into 12 meatballs (I had about 17 and it barely filled a 9x13 pan). Sprinkle pineapple pieces over meatballs.

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for sauce, adjusting sugar and pineapple juice for desired sweetness. Once ready, cover meatballs in sauce. Bake for 23-25 minutes (took me about 30) until meatballs are cooked all the way through. Delicioso!!!

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