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keto general tso's meatballs

General Tso’s Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)

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  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic


These keto General Tso’s Meatballs have all of the flavors and textures of the classic Chinese takeout favorite! Low carb and gluten free, there are also Paleo substitutions available. 


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For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • light flavored oil for frying

For the General Tso’s Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (unseasoned and sugar free)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (tamari based for GF, or coconut aminos for Paleo)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar substitute (I like Swerve for keto, honey for Paleo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 45 small dried chilies, seeded and chopped (or 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes)


To make the meatballs:

  1. Combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Form into 16 balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  3. Fry in hot oil over medium heat until cooked through and crispy.

**Alternatively you could bake them but they won’t get the crunchy exterior.

To make the sauce:

  1. Combine the sesame oil, vinegar, GF soy sauce, water, sugar substitute, and xanthan gum in a small saucepan and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the scallions and chili pepper and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for five minutes or until thickened, and remove from heat.

To serve:

  1. Add the cooked meatballs to the thickened sauce and stir to coat.
  2. Garnish with more chopped scallions and chilis if desired.


Approximate net carbs per serving = 4g

To lower the fat and calories, use extra lean ground turkey, and bake rather than fry them.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Keto meatballs
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs
  • Calories: 322
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 23g

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