Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs with Kona Sauce


kona bowl

I’ve always been a sucker for meatballs. My favorite meal from my mom is spaghetti and meatballs. I still ask for it when I go over for dinner. I recently discovered Aidell’s meatballs at Costco. Um, where have they been all my life. I first tried the organic chicken roasted garlic and sweet basil ones and they were so delicious. I put them with sauce and polenta and also made spaghetti and meatballs! They are healthy too! If you are doing Weight Watchers they are only 3 Smart points per 3 meatballs. I’ll let you do the math to figure out how many points per meatball.

Then I discovered the teriyaki pineapple meatballs by Aidell’s. Oh. My. Goodness. my mouth jumped for joy. They had just the right amount of sweet tang not too sweet mix. They are precooked too so you only have to warm them. Dinner is ready before you can even say “mahalo!”

I call this sauce Kona sauce. It’s special to me because the recipe originates in Kona. During a family vacation to Hawaii to Kona my mom picked up a cook book with recipes for Hawaiian type dishes. I don’t have it but I think it may be called “Kona on my plate” there was one recipe we used a lot and it is the teriyaki sauce! Oh my it’s so good. For this recipe I used the teriyaki sauce as a base but altered it some and added some chicken broth and Sriracha (because who doesn’t like sriracha?!) and added a special ingredient as well. This special ingredient is Fustini’s Ginger and Honey balsamic Vinegar. My mom purchased me this special vinegar in Maui and I have been dying to try it. Fustini’s is a Michigian based balsamic vinegar company. Now if you don’t have this balsamic vinegar feel free to use some rice vinegar. This vinegar is very good though so I suggest looking them up online http://www.Fustinis.com (No I am not endorsed by them, but hey maybe I should be!)

Ok, are you ready for this easy dinner! It’s really easy if you are using store bought meatballs but if you want to make homemade ones too knock yourself out.

Teriyaki Meatballs With Kona Sauce:


1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 Tablespoon sesame seed oil

2 Tablespoons of Rum

1 inch of ginger grated (I freeze mine first)

2 tablespoon sriracha ( We like it spicy use less if you are sensitive

2 Tablespoon Fustini’s ginger & honey balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon mirin

1/2 lemon juiced

package of aidells terriyaki pineapple meatballs

sesame seeds

green onions

1/2 cup chicken broth

  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl,except meatballs green onions, and sesame seeds, and whisk, making sure to mix in the brown sugar well.
  2. add meatballs to bowl and let marinate for at least 10 minutes
  3. Pour meatballs and sauce into pan on stove and heat up until warm and cook for another 15 minutes until it has thickened up some
  4. serve over rice and enjoy!

Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, and sriracha.


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