General Tso Chicken Meatballs

Here’s another recipe that I knew I would have to try the very instant I laid eyes on it.

Mellissa, over at I Breathe… I’m Hungry, came up with the most delicious looking General Tso’s Meatballs.

And when I say delicious looking, I mean D.E.E.E.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S looking. As in drool-all-over-your-keyboard worthy.

As in wet dreams material, even!

Well, ok. That might be pushing it a bit a little bit, but still. Her meatballs just look plain AMAZING, if you ask me.

Unfortunately, I must say that I was extremely disappointed with my results.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Mellissa’s recipe wasn’t good. I’m just saying that my version doesn’t look nearly as good as hers.

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Maybe I should’ve followed her recipe to the T instead of improvising and changing all the ingredients like I did always do.

Or maybe I should have Mellissa ship me some of her meatballs.

Hey, there’s an idea! But unfortunately not a very viable one: it would cost at least a fortune and a half to get them here… Not to mention all the paperwork that would probably need to be filled out.

Ah, if only shipping weren’t that expensive and complicated between Canada and the US, we could organize a Great Meatball Swap.

Argh. How I wish I weren’t located in Canada, sometimes…

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Guess I’ll have to continue making my own meatballs and try all kinds of different recipes for myself.

I know exactly where to go for inspiration, too! Mellissa is such a huge fan of meatballs, she has tons of different flavors on the menu. She even has a Meatball Monday thing going… Yeah! I told you she’s a huge fan. And I’m a fan of her being a fan!

Maybe next time I try one of her recipe, I can stick to the actual recipe for a change and pay it a real tribute instead of half-ruining it…

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Mind you, I can’t say that my version has been a total waste of time. Those meatballs were totally worthy of seeing the light of day, as they seriously delivered!

Packed with flavor? That, they were, although I’m not sure if we could really call it genuine, typical General Tso. Oh, they were sweet and sour alright, with just a hint of heat. Just don’t go expecting a whole lot of sweetness followed by a crazy intense sour kick. These guys, they like to keep it subtle…

The thing is, a lot of the staple flavor building ingredients of Asian cuisine don’t really walk hand in hand with the paleo lifestyle, so it makes it kinda hard to hit the exact right notes without using the “proper” ingredients.

Still, I think it was close enough.

And definitely, positively delicious!

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General Tso Chicken Meatballs

Yield: Serves 6-8

NF based on 1 of 6 servings

General Tso Chicken Meatballs


    For the Meatballs
  • 1kg (2.2lb) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or ground chicken meat)
  • 75g (3-4 tbsp) fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dried bird’s eye chilli pepper, crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil for frying (I used refined because I didn't want the coconut taste in this dish)
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1 cup water
  • The zest and juice of one orange
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 dried bird’s eye chillies, crushed
  • Garnish
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped


  1. Cut the poultry into 1" cubes and place the meat in the bowl of your food processor. Process on pulse until the meat reaches the right consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients, save for the coconut oil, and process on pulse until well combined.
  2. Form the meat mixture into 36 to 48 balls, depending on big or small you like your meatballs. (an ice cream scoop really helps getting the job done!)
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When pan is nice and hot, add the meatballs and cook until crispy and golden brown all around. You might have to work in 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of your skillet.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in the bowl of your small food processor (you could also use a stick blender) and blend until smooth
  5. When the meatballs are cooked through, pour the sauce over them and continue cooking over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Stir in green onions and serve.
  6. Garnish with more green onions if desired.


Adapted from Mellissa’s mouth-watering General Tso’s Meatballs

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Genaral Tsos Meatballs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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  1. says

    Hey Sonia! I’m honored as always when you make over one of my dishes – and thank you SO MUCH for all of your kind words! The admiration is very mutual – you rock! :) I think part of the reason our meatballs look different from each other is the date paste that you used as a sweetener (which is admittedly SO much more healthy than the Splenda I used)! Because it’s dark and opaque though, it made your sauce more brown and less glisten-y (yeah I know it’s not a word but you get the idea, ha ha!). But I bet they tasted GREAT! Yum!

    • says

      Thank YOU for the inspiration, Mellissa! I think you might have a point about the date paste. Another factor might be the arrowroot flour. It tends to make everything much lighter in color and also more opaque, whereas xanthan gum I believe would give you that translucent, shiny look. Oh well, they were very good still, that’s what truly counts in the end! :)

  2. Donna says

    Why are some of the ingredients in American measurements and others are not? Not being familiar with the others, I have to use a conversion chart.

    • says

      Ha! That’s how we measure here in Quebec. Half imperial, half metrics. And we talk half French, half English! ;) I’m trying to also add the imperial measurements now, just to make it easier on you guys who aren’t familiar with grams and stuff. I’ll add them to this recipe, too!

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