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Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
with pan-seared green beans / rice

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Meals with teriyaki sauce tend to be a hit with the whole family, and these chicken meatballs are no exception. This meal became an instant favorite when it was last featured in 2020.
Smarts: Mirin adds nice dimension to the classic Japanese sweet and savory sauce. If you don’t have mirin, try replacing it with equal parts soy sauce and brown sugar.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Rice (enough for 2 nights):
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 1/2 cups
Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs:
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Chicken, ground - 1 lb (sub any ground meat)
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Teriyaki Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
  • Water - 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Mirin - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
Pan-Seared Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed and chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 2 tsp
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Rice - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Garlic / Ginger / Green beans - Prep as directed. Combine garlic and ginger. Store green beans separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make teriyaki sauce - Combine garlic, ginger, first portion of water, soy sauce, mirin, and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Make meatballs - Chop cilantro. Combine cilantro, chicken, eggs, panko, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Gently mix together with a spoon or your hands. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm balls. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a saute pan or Dutch oven with cooking oil (portion for green beans) over medium heat. Add green beans and saute until bright green and starting to soften, ~2 minutes. Add water (portion for green beans) and cover pan with a lid. Let green beans steam, covered, for 2 minutes.

  2. Remove lid and add toasted sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and some salt.

  3. Continue cooking green beans until tender, ~2 minutes more. Stir in lemon juice.

  4. Set green beans aside, covered to keep warm.

  5. Return pan to stovetop and add oil (portion for meatballs). Add meatballs to heated oil and cook, without stirring, until golden brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently stir meatballs until browned on all sides.

  6. Pour teriyaki sauce over meatballs and bring to a simmer.

  7. Whisk together second portion of water and cornstarch. Pour water-cornstarch slurry over meatballs and sauce, stirring gently to combine.

  8. Continue simmering until sauce thickens and meatballs are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  9. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (remember to reserve half for tomorrow).

  10. Serve meatballs and sauce over rice with green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (49)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (12)

Most Helpful

Easy and delicious (admitting that I used frozen Turkey meatballs from TJ’s). Loved the green beans.

By: Christine
Posted: Dec 02, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

35 reviews

Quick and easy. I did cook the meatballs I. The oven at 400 for 25 min. I always have issues with chicken meatballs sticking to the pan otherwise. Very tasty, loved the teriyaki sauce

By: Eric
Posted: Mar 24, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A huge hit with the family. I used two pans to cook the meatballs and the green beans at the same time, which made it go a bit faster and made sure the green beans were still nice and hot when it was time to eat.

By: Katrina
Posted: Mar 12, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Double the sauce.

By: Alice
Posted: Mar 03, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Delicious and very easy. I used ground chicken

By: Kimberly
Posted: Feb 14, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Amazing recipe! Quick and easy after a tiring day at work. The teriyaki sauce was so tasty.I would use it on salmon and chicken dish Next time, I would use less corn starch as it was a bit too thick!

By: Michelle
Posted: Jan 11, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made with bottled teriyaki sauce to save time.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Jan 02, 2022
Diet: Original
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