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.

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Baked Chicken Tenders

Sorry it’s been awhile! I was so busy getting married and honeymooning! Married life is great, me and Mr. Denney have a lot of fun just hanging out together and spending time together. We get very excited about the little things like watching Netflix in bed and sleeping in! We started running, which is probably a good thing¬† because we enjoy eating so much. Ill have to catch you up on the recipes I have made in the last month but until then I have one I created myself!

So Mr. Denney Knows I will make anything for dinner, the more challenging the more excited I get, what is his most often requested dinner? Chicken tenders. It pains me. I want to make something new and unheard of with feta cheese and lemon, he wants chicken tenders. Sigh. Well I have decide to go on a quest for the best chicken tenders recipe. This one I came up with all on my own. Well, maybe I stole some ideas from a few people. But the recipe is my own!

The dill sauce is recipe from my Grandpa and is meant to go on fish, I made that and had leftovers so i figured I could do something with it. The chicken tenders recipe is my own, I learned the butter pat method from the pioneer woman. She is amazing.

Baked Chicken tenders Recipe

Dill sauce:

3/4 cup of mayo

1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt

1/4 cup dijon

1/4 cup fresh dill

2Tblsp lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

pinch salt

pinch of pepper

thawed chicken tenderloins

panko crust:

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon green can cajun seasoning

dash of parika

dash of garlic salt

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of dry mustard

dash of salt and pepper

Butter cut into 1/8inch thick pats


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let chicken tenders sit in 1 cup of dill sauce for 15 minutes. Reserve some dill sauce for dipping before you put the raw chicken in there. Drege chicken tenders in panko mixture. Place on a plate for 10 minutes in the fridge. Take out of fridge and put on baking sheet sprayed with Pam, now put a small pat of butter on each breaded tender, THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! Bake at 375 for 30 minutes checking them fairly often. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly, and crispy. Now enjoy! Everyone will love them!! They will be so shocked when they find out they are baked!