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This recipe for asian turkey meatballs involves light and tender meatballs that are seasoned with asian flavors, tossed in a honey garlic sauce and served over a colorful carrot rice. It's a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
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Asian Meatballs and Carrot Rice

This recipe for Asian meatballs involves light and tender meatballs that are seasoned with asian flavors, tossed in a honey garlic sauce and served over a colorful carrot rice. It's a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian meatballs, turkey meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 525kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • For the rice:
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 carrots peeled and shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the meatballs:
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free breadcrumbs can be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground dark-meat turkey
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray
  • For the honey garlic sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • sesame seeds and chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat broiler. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Add rice and return to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the carrot on top. Let stand, covered, 8 minutes, then stir in carrot and fluff rice with a fork.
  • In the meantime, in a medium bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, turkey, cilantro, soy sauce, sriracha, egg, sugar, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons of water. Gently mix to combine and form into tablespoon sized meatballs.
  • Place the meatballs in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet that has been coated in cooking spray. Coat the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray. Broil the meatballs about 4-6 inches from the heat element for 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  • For the sauce: in a small bowl mix together the honey, soy sauce and garlic. Drizzle the sauce over the meatballs and toss to combine.
  • Top the meatballs with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds if desired and serve with rice and lime wedges.

Notes

Make Ahead: The meatballs can be made in advance and cooked, cooled and frozen in resealable bags.
Little Helpers: My kids love to help grate the carrots, I supervise them closely to make sure that their little hands stay away from the rough parts of the grater.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 1351mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 5285IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.1mg