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Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs (30 Minute Healthy Chinese)

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Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Chinese food exists, sure it does. It’s in the corner (sometimes even the back corner) of the Chinese food menu, offering a selection of very boring options – steamed chicken with veggies and sauce on the side – steamed shrimp with veggies and sauce on the side, steamed veggies with veggies and sauce on the side (heheh)…Really? That’s not Chinese! It’s healthy, but itย certainlyย isn’t Chinese food. If you want healthy Chinese food, put away that menu (and never ever go looking for the “healthy” option on it again). Instead, make these Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs. You’ll be eating a delicious and healthy meal in less than 30 minutes – about how long it would take to get Chinese delivered.

Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs

We like our fair share of unhealthy Chinese food. Sesame Chicken is pretty much a staple every time we order. The place we pick up our Chinese food from always waits until you walk in to finish the chicken, ensuring it is at it’s maximum crispiness and deliciousness when you sit down and eat it. I love that.

But I don’t love the guilt that comes after eating – “Did I really just eat a meal of fried chicken covered in sauce (as delicious as it was)?”. I think that’s a universal feeling, because when I came across this recipe on Lauren’s blog, Lauren’s Latest, she felt the same way. That’s what drove her to create this healthier alternative. And Lauren’s version of a low fat Chinese food is light years beyond what you’ll find on that back corner of the Chinese food menu – this stuff is good.

Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs

This recipe was super easy to put together. How easy? Easy enough that Rachel was able to whip it together at the end of the day – a precarious time the Keenan household, when a tired Baby Boy can be smiling at you one minute and yelling at you the next – all before Baby Boy realized he was bored with the toy he was gnawing on. So if a busy Mom of a cranky 7 month old can put this dish together lickity split, you can too!

Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs

We savored our sesame ginger turkey meatballs served over a bowl of steaming sticky rice (aka sushi rice/short grain rice), with some vegetables we quickly stir fried in some of the Lauren’s 3 minute sauce. This dish satisfied our Chinese food craving, guilt free. A great addition to our Taste Test Thursday segment – Thanks Lauren from creating this tasty dish!

Recipe: Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs


  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey (93/7)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the sesame seeds. Form into golf ball sized rounds. Roll in sesame seeds and place on sheet pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.
  4. Serve with sauce.
    We made a dish out of it, quickly pan frying some broccoli, baby corn, onion, and sugar snap peas.

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Recipe: Sweet Sauce (The 3-minute Sauce)


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, stir all ingredients. Heat ย (or microwave on high) until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Serve with Turkey Sesame Meatballs and/or veggies

Recipe from: Lauren’s Latest

Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs


18 thoughts

    • Chris
      November 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Hahah. Thanks Natalie, but we can’t take the credit – it was all Lauren from Lauren’s Latest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Mr. Nutmeg Nanny would LOVE this! He is a huge fan of Chinese food and always orders it on the nights when I’m working. I bet this simple (and healthy!) dish would be something he could totally whip up after work.

    • Chris
      November 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Very easy to make! Could even prepare night before and just toss in oven when ready for dinner. Hope he tries them, I think he’ll enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      November 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      So good, Lauren! This ones going to be a regular menu item in our household.

    • Chris
      November 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I hear ya. Especially mini-meatballs like these ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      November 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Cassie! We are Chinese food fiends here, so a healthier option is definitely a win ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    The meatballs look very tasty and I must give them a try.

    • Chris
      November 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Nisrine for your comment and visiting. Love your site, it’s beautiful! We’ll be trying one of your recipes soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      November 15, 2011 at 8:32 am

      I think you’ll like these meatballs Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚

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