Thursday, December 8, 2011

Copycat Aidell's Teriyaki and Pineapple Chicken Meatballs

I found these at Costco not too long ago and the sounded very tasty!! I decided to try my hand at re-creating them. They turned out juicy and delicious! Dont worry if you cant find miso powder, it doesnt make or break the recipe.

approx 1 lb ground chicken(I used chicken breast)
1/4 cup crushed pineapple(well drained)
1 tsp white sugar
1 TB soy sauce(I wanted gluten free, so I used Bragg's Amino Acid)
1 tsp white vinegar
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp miso powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
salt to your preference if desired(I omitted)

Combine all and mix very well.(You can see in this picture, my chicken is ground pretty fine, I started with whole breast , then just put everything in my food processor to mix it up, if you start with pre-ground meat it will not look the same)

In a large pan heat  2 TB olive oil over medium heat.

Scoop meat mixture and for into balls of you size preference. Place into hot oil, I did about 1/2 the batch at once(didnt have to add more oil for the second batch) but of course if all depends on your pan size.(this made about 20 decent sized meatballs)
Allow to cook 3-4 minutes and gently flip.
Cook (gently flipping as needed, but dont over do it) until they reach 165 degrees(if you dont have a meat thermometer GET ONE, your meats will turn out so much better if you dont over cook them so you can "tell" they are done.) Generally about 10 minutes or so depending on the size of your meatball.

Drain on a paper towel.

I put them in a soup, you can put them over pasta with a sauce if you want! They would also make great appetizers too! If you want some ideas of how to serve them Aidell's Website has LOTS of recipe suggestions.

Keep watch for more copycat recipes from this company, I am planning quite a few plus a few meatball recipes from other brands as well.

These freeze well(after cooking) and you can put them in a covered dish and bake them at 350 to reheat them.


  1. YUM-these look delicious!this is amazing recipe ,thanks for sharing this recipe......

    Gluten Free Recipes

  2. Where is the teriyaki sauce in recipe.

    1. the combination of soy sauce, white sugar, vinegar and seasonings is essentially the teriyaki sauce in the recipe.

  3. Thanks so much! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Looking forward to making these.

  4. Thanks for sharing! We made these last night and they were tasty! We couldn't find miso powder though. Do you know where we could find that?

    1. You can get Miso on amazon or on occasion I have found it at Walmart in the Asian foods section.
      It is not essential to the recipe though.