These Paleo Chicken Pineapple Meatballs are a really simple and kids-of-all-ages-friendly way to protein up your lunch or dinner.
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.
So, what’s new?
- 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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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.
A couple notes on preparation for 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!
- 1 lb (454 g) ground chicken
- 1/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- Preheat your oven to 350F (177C). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.
Pin these Chicken Pineapple Meatballs for later!