General Tso’s Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)
If you’ve hung around IBIH long enough, you know I loves me some meatballs! They are super versatile, easy to eat, and taste great hot or cold. They are, to me, the perfect low carb food. Some of my favorite low carb meatball recipes are the Bourbon Cider Turkey Meatballs, the Low Carb Meatballs alla Parmigiana, and of course, the wildly popular Buffalo Balls.
I have lots more low carb meatball recipes in the queue, so many in fact, that for the foreseeable future I’m going to be doing a Meatball Mondays feature here on IBIH! To kick it off, I’m starting with one of my new favorites, the low carb General Tso’s meatball! This one is sure to become another IBIH favorite!
General Tso’s Chicken is a popular Chinese takeout dish that consists of fried chicken chunks in an addicting sauce that is both sweet and spicy. I’ve taken all the flavors of the classic dish and jammed them into these little balls of poultry bliss! You can use ground chicken or turkey for the most authentic flavor, but ground pork would also work well. Also, I was reminded that traditional soy sauce is a no-no for Paleo and Celiacs, so you can substitute a tamari-based gluten free soy sauce, or coconut aminos for the soy sauce in this recipe as well.
Typically, General Tso’s chicken contains blisteringly hot dried peppers, but if you can’t get them, or you don’t like it too hot, you can use fresh chili’s instead and adjust the amount to your preference. Also, if you are Paleo, you can substitute honey for the sweetener, and arrowroot powder (or another preferred thickener) for the xanthan gum. I don’t recommend omitting the thickener altogether, because the sauce won’t adhere as well to the meatballs, and it won’t have that authentic sticky feel -however, the flavor will be just as good!
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