A Whole 30 BBQ Chicken Meatballs recipe from Mellissa Sevigny of I Breathe Im Hungry

BBQ Chicken Meatballs – Paleo & Whole 30

  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Yield: 6 1x


These delicious BBQ Chicken Meatballs are guaranteed to be a hit with the entire family! Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten free, dairy free and low carb too!



For the meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground chicken (or turkey or pork)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup almond meal or flour
  • 1.5 Tbsp BBQ spice mix (no sugar or MSG) (I used Badia)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or light olive oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (no sugar added)
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • pinch of salt (or to taste)


For the meatballs:

  1. Combine all of the meatball ingredients (except the oil) in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Form into 18 meatballs.
  3. Heat the oil in a nonstick saute pan and fry the meatballs on both sides until golden brown and cooked through. About 3 minutes per side. Remove the meatballs to a paper towel-lined plate.

For the BBQ sauce:

  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and stir to coat.
  5. Simmer the meatballs in the sauce for about 5 minutes, or longer if desired.
  6. Taste and adjust for salty or sweet to your preference.
  7. Serve hot.

  • Category: Paleo Meatball Recipe
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 463
  • Fat: 29g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g net
  • Protein: 35g