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Japanese-Style Homemade Chicken Meatballs (Gluten-Free)


Today I introduce you to Japanese Style Homemade Chicken Meatballs: “Tori-Tsukune”. This is a kind of Yakitori so you can have it in Yakitori restaurants. These homemade meatballs are delicious, easy to cook and great for to-go-lunches!

I used ground chicken, green onion and tofu as the meatballs ingredients. Tofu gives the meatballs a soft texture and makes them more nutritious. It also allows you to make a larger number of meatballs. You can use only ground chicken if you don’t want to use tofu. In addition, you can add more vegetables secretly if your family doesn’t like vegetables very much, such as onions, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli and so on. I recommend mincing them really well and then adding the meat mixture.

What I love about Japanese style meatballs is they are very flavorful because they are seasoned with grated ginger. And the sauce is sweet-savory like a Teriyaki sauce. It is seriously delicious!!

The recipe is easy.


Mix the meatballs ingredients.
Cook the meatballs and dress with the sauce prepared in advance.
Skewer the meatballs if you want to make the final presentation great!

{Ingredients (25 balls)}
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[For Meatballs]

½ lb. Ground Chicken

½ cup Minced Green Onion

¼ pack (3~4 oz.) Firm Tofu

1 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

¼ tsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

1 tsp. Grated Ginger

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

[For Sauce]

2 tsp. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

2 Tbsp. Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Wine

2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: japanese-chicken-meatballs

How to Cook on YouTube:


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

39 thoughts on “Japanese-Style Homemade Chicken Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

  1. I love the crispiness! So yum!

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  2. I am excited as this looks delicious as well as super easy to do and then I can finally say that I have cooked a Japanese dish!

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  3. I like that you say “seriously” delicious because that’s how they sound!! are these appetizer size?

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    • This recipe’s ingredients are for about 25 balls so for 2 people it is going to be main dish. When we ate 25 balls with rice and some small side dishes, we were so full. If we can find kosher chicken meat, I will definitely cook this for you!


  4. that would be great! you might have an easier time finding ground turkey if they have Empire at a market near you, the white meat if it’s not heavier than chicken. you are tantalizing me with all these delicious recipes:)

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  5. Oh my, looks so delicious. I’ll have to give this a go. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. This looks easy! I’ll try it. 🙂

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  7. hope to dine
    at your eatery
    sometime 🙂

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  8. Thank you that was interesting😀
    So glad you enjoyed my pie blog piece today

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  9. I never have combined minced chicken & tofu into a meatball before but there is a beginning in trying new things! These balls look utterly delicious too! Yummm!

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  11. Yum! I think I’ll try these on game day! Looks like they would be great – and healthy! football food. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Couldn’t agree more!! It is great on game day because yummy, healthy and easy to eat!! My husband’s and my favorite football food consists of this, chicken wings and cheese pizza which is the best 🙂

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  12. Ohhh I’m going to have to try these!!

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  13. Looks delicious… I now know what I’m making for dinner!

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