Packing outsized flavor into these one-bite chicken meatballs was no small task, but we did it.
Why This Recipe Works
These bite-size meatballs get salty-sweet flavor from our homemade teriyaki sauce. Unlike thick, too-sweet bottled versions, our sauce is a simple mix of soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and a little cornstarch for just the right thickness. For the meatballs, we opt for ground chicken; the mild meat pairs well with the teriyaki sauce and other aromatic ingredients like ginger, garlic, and scallions. Sautéed shiitakes and cabbage add moisture and depth, while an egg adds richness. Panko bread crumbs give the meatballs structure, and a few tablespoons of the sauce mixed in reinforces the teriyaki flavor. Chilling the meatballs before baking helps them maintain their shape and allows for advanced prep.