Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Meatball Kebabs

by Heather on August 25, 2011

Let’s talk turkey chicken, shall we?

I love chicken.  It’s yummy.  It’s versatile.  It’s relatively inexpensive to buy the good quality stuff.


And my personal favorite way to have chicken?  Ground.  That’s right, I said it!  I like ground chicken more than just about any other chicken recipe.

I also love sneaking in vegetables via shredding or finely chopping them.  I’m sneaky, what can I say?  But especially when you’re using ground chicken for meatballs or meatloaf adding shredded or chopped veggies will pack it full of moisture and extra flavor.


Could you use some extra flavor in your life?  Me too.  Let’s get to it.

As much as I love ground chicken it can be fairly difficult to find in stores at times.  Luckily with the help of a food processor (or if you have a meat grinder attachment on a mixer or something) we can all have ground chicken really whenever we want!  It may not be the perfect rows of ground meat that you see in the grocery store, but you make up for that in knowing exactly how your food is prepared.


Grinding chicken for me begins with quality chicken breasts.  Keep a little fat on those…not a ton, but some…so that you have a little extra flavor and binding for the meatballs.  Cube the chicken in 1/2-inch cubes and, working in batches, put enough of the chicken cubes in the food processor to cover the bottom.  Pulse 3-4 times or until the chicken is diced finely.  You don’t want a paste…a few chunks are good for texture.  Remove and do another batch until it’s all uniformly ground.  Voila!  Ground chicken!


**if you have a meat grinder attachment I’d say follow the directions for that…although I don’t know what those directions are :) **


  • 1 pound ground chicken (again, I recommend the at-home version)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (regular plain breadcrumbs would work well too)
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce plus more for dipping
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pineapple, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • other optional veggies: peppers, zucchini, squash

Mix together the ground chicken, bread crumbs, teriyaki sauce, carrot, onion, garlic, egg, and salt and pepper.  Make mini meatballs by forming 1 Tbsp scoops into balls and place on a baking sheet.  Refrigerate while you turn on the grill to medium heat and assemble the remaining items for the skewers.  As a side note you don’t have to make skewers, but I found that this is the best way to get the grill marks and the grill flavor (both very important) on the meatballs!  Thread each skewer with a chunk of pineapple, a chunk of red onion, other optional veggies (if you choose) and one meatball, then repeat.  Spray the grill carefully with nonstick spray or brush with olive oil.  Gently place each skewer on the grill.  Grill for about 5 minutes on each side until the center of the meatballs are done (you can test one to make sure) and the grill marks are beautifully charred.  Remove from heat and serve with rice and extra dipping sauce!

A perfect last hurrah! for summer grilling and the beginning of football season never tasted so good!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kelley August 25, 2011

These look delicious, light and healthy! I love the idea of ground chicken meatballs on the grill.


2 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking August 25, 2011

I tried making something (can’t remember what now) with ground chicken and was disappointed in the taste even with the spices I’d added. I’ll have to try this. Here’s to a better ground chicken recipe!


3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 25, 2011

These are such a good idea! I like ground chicken too but I’ve always bought the ground stuff from the store when I could find it, never thought to make my own!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet August 25, 2011

These look fanfreakingtastic!


5 janetha August 25, 2011

Wow–this is so funny. I made up some sun dried tomato meatballs on Tuesday and Marshall + I have been talking about all the different ways we can make meatballs from now on (because they are SO good)–I will have to show him these, can’t wait to make them!


6 Emily @ A Cambridge Story August 25, 2011

Love the idea of adding carrots inside!


7 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 25, 2011

These are BRILLIANT. I love anything kebabed! haha So yes please!

Hope you are good! I pop in most days, but have been busy and not commenting! But I’m always here!


8 Amy August 26, 2011

yumm i love that there’s pineapple in there! grilled pineapple is amazing!


9 Alex August 26, 2011

Oh my gosh! This looks delicious! It’s making my mouth water! I will certainly try this!
-Alex from


10 Maureen August 31, 2011

This was definitely a hit with my family. Only one question – my meatballs were supery squishy and wouldn’t stay on the kabobs when we made them and then transferred them to the grill. We just improvised and had some separate chicken meatball patties for the ones that fell off. Any suggestions for next time? Maybe more bread crumbs? Thanks so much, Maureen


11 Heather September 1, 2011

hey maureen! i think you’re right that you might just need to add more breadcrumbs…sometimes chicken seems to have more water than other ground meats and it probably ended up too wet from that. i’m glad your family liked it though!


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