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General Tso Meatballs (Paleo, Gluten-free)

Past Featured Chef, Dominique Fasano, has created a delicious and genuinely nutritious General Tso meatball recipe. They are moist and full of green onion and ginger flavors. The homemade and healthier General Tso sauce is made with coconut aminos, almond butter, hot sauce, blackstrap molasses, and honey.

“This recipe may look complicated, but it really only takes a few key steps.”

 Let’s see how Dominique works her magic! 


General Tso Meatballs

Recipe & Photos by Dominique Fasano | Perchance to Cook

USWM Shopping List: Chicken Stock, Raw Honey, 85% Ground Beef

Servings: approx. 17 meatballs
Prep & Cook Time: 24 mins


  • 3/4 cup US Wellness Meats chicken broth

  • 1 lb 85% US Wellness Meats Ground Beef
  • 6 Tbs coconut aminos

  • 3 Tbs apple cider vinegar

  • 1 Tbs blackstrap molasses

  • 1.5 Tbs almond butter

  • 2 tsp hot sauce

  • 1.5 Tbs honey

  • 1/4 cup almond flour

  • 4green onions, thinly sliced, divided

  • 1egg

  • 2cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • a pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour

  • avocado oil, for frying

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds



  1. In a large bowl, mix chicken broth, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, almond butter, hot sauce, and honey, and whisk. Set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, combine ground beef, almond flour, 2 green onions, egg, garlic, ground ginger powder, sesame oil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix to combine.
  3. Take a heaping Tablespoon amount of the meat mixture and roll it into a meatball. Then, roll the meatball in tapioca flour to coat. Roll between your hands to distribute the flour. Put onto a plate. Repeat the remaining meatball mixture.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat about 1/2″ of avocado oil. Add meatballs and cook until seared on opposite sides, about 3 minutes per side. ( 6 mins total). Remove meatballs from the skillet and drain the fat.
  5. Then, pour the liquid mixture to the skillet, make sure the honey isn’t stuck to the bottom of the bowl, and scrape it off if does. Once the liquid starts boiling, add the meatballs back into the pan and simmer for 4 minutes on medium heat. Flip the meatballs and then simmer for another 4 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Remove from heat, and sprinkle the dish with the remaining green onion and sesame seeds.


If you double the recipe, the liquid will take more time to reduce so let it cook for a few minutes before adding the meatballs back in.


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Dominique Fasano

Hi! I’m Dominique, the blogger, recipe creator and photographer behind Perchance to Cook. I am obsessed with making healthier versions of classic foods and creating delicious recipes that everyone will love (and that no one would guess are Paleo, Whole30, or Gluten-free).