Baked Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 12, 2011

I may have a secret love affair with Rachael Ray. Or at least her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. The happiest day of the month is when I get this baby in the mail. I promptly plop the kiddo down in front of the TV so I can get a few minutes to myself, browsing and drooling through the magazine. I don’t even read the actual magazine, I just cut out the recipes that sound appealing, add them to my ever-growing pile and dream about what to make first.

I may have a problem, mainly that I think about food way too often.

Not every one of Rachael’s recipes are to die for. Actually, I’ve found that many end up kind of bland. But as I’ve cooked my way through a few magazines, I have an idea of what to watch for, and know how to modify them to fit my flavor needs.

I’m a needy person in that way. I need my food to have flavor. Otherwise I’m left full, but unsatisfied after a meal. And no one wants to be left unsatisfied.

I had to bulk up this recipe a little, so it could actually count as a meal, and not just as a snack or appetizer. But the end result was pretty fantastic. In fact, I think that Hubs remarked, more than once, how awesome it turned out.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Butter Sauce

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce

Enjoy Chinese take-out at home with these healthy, baked turkey meatballs in a sweet peanut butter sauce.


    Turkey Meatballs
  • 1.25 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper - optional, if you want to add some heat
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • Rice, enough for 2-3 servings
  • Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Chopped peanuts, for garnish


    Turkey Meatballs
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook the rice according to package directions. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the ground turkey, cilantro, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake meatballs for 10-12 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  6. While the meatballs are baking, heat a pan sprayed with non-stick spray over medium heat. Cook veggies until tender-crisp, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce
  8. To make the sauce mix together the peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and vegetable oil. When the meatballs have finished baking, toss them with half of the sauce and sprinkle with peanuts.
  9. Top rice with cooked veggies and meatballs. Drizzle extra sauce over the whole thing, and enjoy with some baked crab rangoon.


Meal Plan



Monday: Chicken sausages on the grill
Tuesday: Greek Barley Salad
Wednesday: Rosemary chicken kebabs
Thursday: Homemade black bean veggie burgers
Friday: Homemade pizza on beer battered crust and homemade sauce {}
Saturday: Leftover pizza
Sunday: Father’s Day, it’s Dad’s choice

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1 Ali June 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I really enjoyed that magazine while I was subscribed to it. I liked her layout, the recipes they chose, the whole deal. I haven’t made a ton of her recipes because my family is so picky (arg) but a lot of them are pretty creative. These meatballs sound like they would be very good with the cilantro, peppers and peanut sauce.

2 Allison June 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

It is a very flavorful combination. I love how her recipes are so easy to modify too. I just can’t get enough of the magazine.

3 kitchen flavours June 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

This looks delicious! The sauce sounds really tasty. I have heard and ‘known’ of RR for years, only now am discovering her in my kitchen. Have tried several of her recipes, and they turned out great!

4 Allison June 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Isn’t that funny how it takes us to long to try new recipes, and then once we do we’re left wondering why it took us so long? I’m the same way.

5 Jane June 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

That does look yummy and beats the usual meatballs and tomatoe sauce routine. Might see if I can get away with 2 spoons of sugar 😉

6 Allison June 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I’m sure that you could reduce the sugar, you probably won’t even notice that it’s missing. Just taste-test the sauce and you’ll know if it’s OK or not.

7 carolinaheartstrings June 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

What a great looking recipe for meatballs. I caig nnot wait to make this. Thanks for trying it out and sharing it.

8 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I’m going to have to give this a try. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes like this.

9 Amy June 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

How funny that we were both blogging about Rachael Ray today! This recipe looks delicious. My family will eat anything if there are meatballs involved. I will have to try this one :) Have a wonderful day, Alli!

10 Allison June 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I hope you do have a chance to try it Amy! Stop back and let me know what you think.

11 StephanieinSuburbia June 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Ok I kind of worship Rachael Ray in the sense of how accessible her cooking is, but I totally agree with you on the blandness. As I grew out of the whole “my kitchen scares me, I’ll just make chicken and bake the crap out of it” phase, I’m needing a bit more in terms of flavor profiles. I almost always double the herbs that she suggests.

This recipe looks amazing! Must stop reading your blog when I’m hungry.

12 Allison June 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

That’s a good tip for any RR recipe, doubling the spices.

13 amy June 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I subscribed to your RSS feed.

14 Amy June 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Guess I’m not the only person out there thinking I have a problem because I think about food too often. :)

These meatballs look delicious and I’m sure they are very flavorful. Delish! Thanks for sharing and I just became your new follower.


15 Stacy June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

These look really good. I hadn’t thought of using a peanut butter sauce with meatballs but it looks delicious! If you have a chance, I’d love for you to link your recipe to my Menu Mondays recipe link up.!

16 Miz Helen June 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

Hi Allison,
Your menu looks great and those meatballs look awesome. We would really enjoy them. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
Miz Helen

17 angie June 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

these sound super yummy

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