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Slow Cooker Chinese Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Chinese Meatballs are an easy family-friendly dinner for busy nights!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese food, Meatballs, Slow Cooker Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 people
Calories 438.9kcal
Author Blair

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (25 ounces) frozen fully-cooked turkey or beef bite-sized meatballs (I used Butterball bite-size turkey meatballs)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup less-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • For serving: rice or cauliflower rice
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onion; toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and pineapple juice until smooth. Add soy sauce, vinegar, water, and brown sugar, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking constantly, just until thickened (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Pour sesame oil in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place meatballs in the slow cooker and pour sauce over top. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  • Stir in bell peppers and onion. Cook on LOW for 1 more hour, or until vegetables are tender and meatballs are heated through.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and prepare the dish in a small 2- or 3-quart slow cooker. The rest of the instructions remain the same.
Want to Prepare these Chinese Meatballs on the Stovetop? Start by making the sauce in a large pot, as instructed. Whisk in the sesame oil and add the meatballs; cover, and simmer over low heat for about 20-30 minutes (or until meatballs are completely heated through). Add vegetables and continue to cook (covered) over low heat until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 438.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.9g | Protein: 20.2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 69.4mg | Sodium: 1523.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 11.1g