Gluten Free Meatballs

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My kids are big fans of the meatball and I am pretty partial to them myself, but since dropping gluten amongst other things from my diet, I haven’t been eating them when I make them for the family.

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I have tried a couple of different gluten free versions and found them lacking in taste, but this weekend I cracked it!  Tasty, tasty gluten free meatballs that the kids and I both love.

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Chicken and bacon is such a delicious combination of foods in my opinion.

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I made them with chicken mince, but imagine you could use any mince you preferred.  They are super simple to make in large batches too which is always a bonus for me.

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These chicken and bacon balls taste rather fantastic dipped into my homemade sweet chilli sauce!
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Gluten Free Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Lunch box
Serves: 48
Ingredients:
  • 1kg chicken mince
  • 12 rash short cut rindless bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 tsp bacon fat (or preferred cooking oil)
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Finely chop bacon and onion.
  3. Prepare garlic for crushing.
  4. In a medium frying pan add your bacon fat and heat on a medium heat.
  5. Add bacon first and fry for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add onion and fry for a further few minutes.
  7. Add garlic and fry for another minute.
  8. Pour the bacon and onion mix into a large bowl.
  9. Add chicken mince and mix with your hands. I don't like touching meat very much so use food handling gloves for this.
  10. Roll into balls. I made our balls using about a heaped tablespoon of mixture.
  11. Place on lined baking trays.
  12. Once all rolled into balls, place in the oven for about 30 - 40 minutes (see notes).
  13. No need to turn them, just let them cook and wait for them to be ready to eat!
Notes:
This recipe makes 48 meatballs. Mine took about 40 minutes to cook, but my oven is old and doesn't seal 100% so if you have a good oven they may only take about 30 minutes.

You can see my other meatball recipes (contain gluten) here:

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Comments

  1. Theresa says

    Yum! you are fabulous! thanks; i am going to try august with wheat and gluten-free, I am excited, and am recovering from keyhole surgery last week and craving your slow cooker chicken satay ever since i have been convalescing! Now I am back on my (tender) feet I went to the butcher and he chopped 1kg of chicken for me to cook satay- thanks for sharing your journey of inner health and recipes. xo
    I am looking forward to making your sweet chilli sauce and these meat balls!!

    • says

      I am trying to tweak my satay a bit as I am no longer eating peanuts and I really miss it – so stay tuned!

      And definitely make the sweet chilli sauce, it is awesome!

  2. Jane says

    What a great recipe! Love that it is so simple and can be cooked in bulk and anything with bacon is always good! Oh, can relate I have one of those ovens as well!

  3. Lydia says

    I made this recipe for my family a few nights ago. Not only was it easy, it was a HIT! Thank you Nicole.

    I used a small ice-cream scoop (a spring-action quick-release one) to make the meat balls. It meant I didn’t have to roll the balls with my hands, plus all the meat balls were the same size. I was a bit worried as I was only trialling this method, but they turned out great!

  4. Natalie says

    I made these tonight, my husband loved them! Still yet to give to kids. Super easy, thank you!