Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Sesame Noodles

Published on Jun 10, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

11 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
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For an easy weeknight meal, this Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Sesame Noodles is a delicious comfort dish for lazy nights at home. Combine rice noodles, fresh vegetables, pan-seared ginger chicken meatballs, and sweet and sour sauce, and you have a complete meal in a bowl.

The rice noodles are mildly flavoured with sesame oil, green onions, fresh basil and for an added crunch, some sesame seeds. What I love about this Asian-inspired meatball and noodle dish is that you can make it under 30 minutes.

I love sharing Asian-inspired recipes with you because they take minutes  to whip up, and they are made with delicious sauces and fresh ingredients.

This gluten-free sweet and sour meatballs recipe is perfect for those nights when you are short on time to make a healthy and delicious meal for your family.


close up of Thai Meatballs, gluten free


the sweet and sour sauce

The sauce is put together simply with ingredients you probably already have. Gluten-free tamari sauce, rice vinegar, arrowroot starch, honey, and for added heat, chili paste. Whisk everything in a bowl, and you are ready to cook the sauce.

How to make the meatballs? 

The meatballs are made with lean ground chicken. The flavours come from fresh minced ginger, sliced green onions, garlic, honey and black pepper. Form the mixture into small meatballs and sear in some olive oil.

Once the meatballs are seared, set them aside.

To the same pan, add the shallots, bell peppers and carrots. However, you don’t have to use the vegetables I used. Feel free to add vegetables you have available.


sweet and sour meatballs in a bowl



Briefly cook the veggies, then add the sauce and seared meatballs—cook for about ten more minutes. The sauce will thicken coating the meatballs and the veggies with a delicious sweet and sour flavour.

sesame rice noodles

To make the gluten-free rice noodles tasty, I tossed them with sesame oil, fresh basil, green onions and sesame seeds. The mildly flavoured noodles are made simply as not to overpower the meatballs and the sweet and sour sauce.

My favourite noodles for this Asian meatball recipe are the thick rice noodles often used for pad thai.

Are rice noodles gluten-free?

Rice noodles are made from rice starch, they are gluten-free and egg-free, and are available in all kinds of lengths and widths. The rice noodles are firm with a springy texture. This is especially seen in wider and thicker varieties.

These noodles are ideal for this recipe because they easily absorb the flavours of the sauce. The best part is, most of the Asian rice noodles do not have to be boiled. The noodles will soften in minutes when soaked in hot water.

The best way to serve the sweet and sour Meatballs?

Once the saucy meatballs are prepared, set them aside until dinner. Just before you are ready to serve dinner, make the noodles and reheat the meatballs.

When the noodles are done, spoon them into bowls, top with meatballs and spoon over the incredibly delicious thick sweet and sour sauce with veggies.

If you have any extra fresh basil, scatter it over the top and enjoy this flavourful saucy sweet and sour meatballs with sesame noodles meal.


  • You can substitute gluten-free pasta, rice, spaghetti squash, and zucchini noodles for the rice noodles.For the honey, my first choice would be maple syrup, but you can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or sweetener of choice.
  • For the rice vinegar, use fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
  • For the bell peppers and carrots, use any green vegetable you have on hand. My first choice would be snow peas, napa or green cabbage, zucchini or bok choy.
  • For the shallots, use 1/2 cup chopped onions and a garlic clove.


our 3 favourite meatball recipes

Firecracker Chicken & Mozzarella Meatballs.

Cauliflower and Meatballs Ragout.

Asian Meatballs

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Kristina xx


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Hi Marian, I am so happy that you enjoyed this dish!


What a good recipe! I was a little worried about the heat from the sambal oelek, but when it was all done and spooned over the rice noodles, the heat and seasonings lent flavor to the bland noodles and put together, noodles and sauce balanced each other perfectly. I’ll be making this again!

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