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  • Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

    Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs are a really simple and kids-of-all-ages-friendly way to protein up your lunch or dinner.

    Make this tasty Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs recipe for the perfect quick lunch, dinner or snack. Also great for post-workout! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

    Before I get into the recipe, you may have noticed that things are looking slightly different around here! That’s right, we launched a brand new version of the site earlier this week. Believe it or not, this redesign has been 10 months in the making, so finally seeing it in action is a thrill. We continue to polish things up and make some little tweaks in that ever-constant pursuit of the best user experience.

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    • Well, there’s a lot behind-the-scenes that went into the guts of the site to make it load faster and be extremely scalable no matter what kind of browser or device you’re using…anything from a 320 pixel-wide viewport up to a 27-inch iMac screen.
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    I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the “we” I keep referring to: This new site build wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of my husband, Z. We hired a company last summer to build a new site, and things did not go as expected. Money was lost and hopes were dashed, but Z picked the project up from the ashes and started again from scratch despite working full-time, part of that for a very successful tech company.

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    Make this tasty Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs recipe for the perfect quick lunch, dinner or snack. Also great for post-workout! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

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    And now, back to the recipe!

    I did some crowd-sourcing over on the Facebook page about what folks would like to see from a “Stupid Easy Paleo Cookbook,” and one of the answers was meatballs. Kind of fortuitous since I had this recipe sitting in draft.

    About These Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs

    I used canned crushed pineapple that was packed in its own juice and had no added sugar. Thoroughly drain it and gently squeeze out as much moisture as you can; you don’t want the meatballs to be soggy. Ground chicken, not ground chicken breast, works best because it has a bit of fat which helps keep these from getting hard and dry.

    If you’re not into red pepper flakes, you can leave them out, but I think it adds a nice counterbalance of heat to the slightly sweet pineapple. This recipe is easily doubled so you can make plenty for the week ahead, and they also freeze well. (Note: Freeze them AFTER cooking.) Bonus: These would make a great post-workout snack!

    Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs Recipe | stupideasypaleo.com

    Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 199 kcal
    Author: Steph Gaudreau

    Make this tasty Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs recipe for the perfect quick lunch, dinner or snack. They're easy to make and gluten-free.



    • 1 lb ground chicken
    • 1/3 cup crushed pineapple drained
    • 1/4 cup red onion minced
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


    1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix with clean hands to combine. Don’t overwork the meat because it’ll end up making for tougher meatballs.
    3. Using a small scoop (I like to use a 2 tablespoon disher so they all end up roughly the same size) or a spoon, carve out a 2 tablespoon portion of the mixture. Gently roll into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Repeat this with the rest of the meat.
    4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

    Recipe Notes

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    Nutrition Facts
    Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 199 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Cholesterol 97mg 32%
    Sodium 653mg 27%
    Potassium 676mg 19%
    Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 7g
    Protein 20g 40%
    Vitamin A 1.2%
    Vitamin C 6.6%
    Calcium 1.9%
    Iron 6.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Make this tasty Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs recipe for the perfect quick lunch, dinner or snack. Also great for post-workout! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

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    45 thoughts on “Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

    1. First of all… The site is looking good. Seems to me to be a bit faster and user friendly. I seem to access your recipe section the most…nice photos BTW. Speaking of photos…you look great! Wow…Very healthy looking….This is what I expect from paleo athletes that take the initiative to eat this way.
      As for the chicken meatball recipe…ground chicken kinda freaks me out personally…maybe its my preconceived idea that meatballs are to be brown or made from beef or lamb with bacon mixed in…hint..hint.
      I will say that I like the idea of using red pepper flakes with the sweetness of the pineapple, should pair well….even some finely diced jalapeño would be OK too.

    2. STEPH! Major high fives to the hubby 🙂 He did an amazing job. I’m sorry for the difficulties with your last designer…. I know the heart ache with that (I do not like my site now despite all of the money I poured into it!) so, I am REALLY happy you have something you LOVE. I would love if he could do mine 😉 LOL. He truly is so talented. It’s absolutely appealing and beautiful. I think it is everything you wanted Stupid Easy Paleo to be!!!!! I am THRILLED for you and just would love for you to tell him how amazing he did! It’s gorgeous. I wouldn’t change a thing!

      As for the recipe….. yum! I will try these for sure!

    3. I’m going to try this recipe when I get back home. My favorite meatball recipe is Melissa Joulwan’s Bora Bora Fireballs, from Well Fed. I’m on the road a lot, so I always keep some of her recipe baked and in ball jars in the freezer, so that I have really great tasting protein while I’m traveling. I imagine your chicken meatballs will be good for that, too, and along with some beef, will let me eat healthier protein on the road than many restaurants have available. Yay!

    4. This sounds like a recipe I’d like to try. Any nutritional info? Serving size, cals, fat , protein kind of stuff?

      1. Hi Dan,

        You can plug the ingredients into an app called My Fitness Pal and divide it by the servings you choose. It will give you a macronutrient breakdown of the recipe.

    5. Could you add an egg (or 2) and coconut flour (might go well with the tropical theme) to this for a bit more airiness? I never venture from a recipe because I’m always too scared to mess the whole batch up! Let me know what you think. Thanks!

      1. Hi Tiffany,

        Hmmmmm. An egg would be used as a binder and coconut flour wouldn’t really make it airy…it would actually absorb moisture and if you add too much, it would dry it out. I’m trying to think of a better idea…

      1. Yes, you can sub ground turkey but I wouldn’t use the 99% fat free ground turkey breast because it’ll be very dry.

    6. These were delicious! I added one egg and some parsley, and subbed garlic powder instead of onion powder because I didn’t have any.

    7. What’s the key to getting them to stick together in a meatball shape? We made these for dinner. While they tasted great, they were difficult to get them to hold together.

    8. I made 3 batches and froze many. This recipe is great! I love the little hint of heat and chicken and pineapple pair so well together. YUM, the only thing I will do differently next time is use the foil instead of parchment. I love your site!

    9. I just wanted to stop by & say this were great! Made them last night and my boyfriend was wowed! We had them with a side salad & cauliflower rice. He kept asking if they were hard to make! This is an awesome recipe for football season as mini-meatballs. Thanks for the great recipe!

      1. Hi Jess! Thanks so much for stopping by! That idea for the mini meatballs is brilliant…maybe a little BBQ or hot sauce on top?! Yum. Glad you guys liked them 🙂

    10. I made this with fresh pineapple instead of tinned and it was a total disaster. Have researched this and it has something to do with the enzymes in fresh pineapple (which are destroyed during the canning process) breaking down the meat. The meat was horribly wet and mushy – it was like eating dog food (I assume) with pineapple mixed it. I’ve had to chuck them out. So upset as it sounded amazing! Just a heads up not to try it with fresh pineapple.

      1. Hi April,

        You’d have to boil the pineapple first to denature the enzyme (called bromelain). It’s the same reason you can’t use fresh pineapple (unless boiled) in gelatin.

    11. Thank you for the excellent recipe. I added microplaned jalapeno and garlic to freshly ground chicken thigh meat. They turned out so tender and juicy.

    12. YES! These turned out GREAT! I forgot what the picture looked like, so at first I thought they were pale when done…so I put them under the broiler for a minute. But they were SO tasty! All the family enjoyed them.

    13. Made these for the first time tonight and I used turkey. 15 minutes didn’t cut it. I always get worried meatballs aren’t cooked all the way thru. Is there a way to tell without cutting one open?

      1. Use a meat thermometer. If you made them bigger than I suggested or your oven runs cooler, just let them stay in another 5 minutes.

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