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Asian Glazed Meatballs - moist and tender chicken meatballs are the perfect appetizers for game day and any Super Bowl parties. Best of all, they are so full of flavor - baked and coated in a sweet and sticky glaze.

Asian Glazed Meatballs (Instant Pot, Oven or Slow Cooker)

Asian Glazed Meatballs – moist and tender chicken meatballs are the perfect appetizers for game day or any Super Bowl parties. Best of all, coated in a sweet and sticky glaze and come together easily in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or oven.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword instant pot meatballs recipe, slow cooker meatballs recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 217 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs use GF bread crumbs if necessary
  • 4 green onions chopped (whites and greens separated)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 teaspoons grated or minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or GF tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 1/2 - 1 2/3 lbs lean ground turkey chicken, beef or pork work as well

For the Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha or 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes optional to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup honey or brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, panko crumbs, green onions (whites only), garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Add the ground turkey and mix thoroughly using clean hands. Do not overmix, it will result in drier meatballs.
  2. Form into round meatballs, about 3 tablespoons each.

FOR THE GLAZE:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat allowing to simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from heat.

TO MAKE IN THE OVEN:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or oil
  2. Place the meatballs, evenly spaced, on the prepared sheet pans. Brush the meatballs with a thin layer of glaze. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Brush with additional glaze and broil about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a platter and brush on remaining glaze. Top with sesame seeds and reserved green onions.
  5. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or with rice or noodles if desired as a main dish

TO MAKE IN THE INSTANT POT:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons olive in the insert of the Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and brown the meatballs, about 2 minutes per side. (You may need to work in batches) When brown, press CANCEL and pour in half of the glaze. Cover with lid and turn valve to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK (HIGH) for 10 minutes.
  2. After 8 minutes, allow to release naturally for 5 minutes then quick release. Carefully open the lid and coat with half of the glaze.
  3. Transfer to a platter and brush on remaining glaze. Top with sesame seeds and reserved green onions.
  4. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or with rice or noodles if desired as a main dish

TO MAKE IN THE SLOW COOKER:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or oil. Place the meatballs, evenly spaced, on the prepared sheet pans.
  2. Broil the meatballs on high for 6-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, or just until browned. **You want the meatballs ONLY browned on top and not cooked through***
  3. Transfer the meatballs to slow cooker along with half of the glaze. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Mix 2-3 times to evenly coat with sauce. Brush with remainder of the sauce.
  4. Transfer the meatballs to a serving platter and brush with the remainder of the glaze.
  5. Top with sesame seeds and reserved green onions.
  6. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or with rice or noodles if desired as a main dish
Nutrition Facts
Asian Glazed Meatballs (Instant Pot, Oven or Slow Cooker)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1651mg69%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.