Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles – The Recipe ReDux

Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles |

A Thai version of gluten free spaghetti and meatballs the whole family will love

Disclosure: Dare Foods Incorporated compensated The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc. and Teaspoon Communications), to sponsor this recipe contest and also provided samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic crackers. We are not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

While coming up with this recipe for the latest Recipe ReDux member recipe challenge – sponsored by Dare Foods in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month – I discovered an easier and healthier way to make meatballs.

In muffin tins. In the oven.

Despite growing up Italian-American, I’ve never perfect the homemade meatball. I’ve had so many grease-splattered back splashes, burnt-on-one-side meatballs and falling apart in the pan ground meat fiascos that for years, I just bought them frozen from a local Italian market.

When I learned that Breton was challenging us ReDux members to come up with tempting and inventive, gluten free recipes using their new line of gluten free crackers, my mind went to one dish I’d certainly miss if I needed to follow a gluten free diet: spaghetti and meatballs. Since rice noodles are gluten free, I figured I’d do an Asian twist and use crushed Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers as a substitute for bread crumbs.

Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles | Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles |

And by the way, speaking as a gluten-eater, I was pleasantly surprised at how wheat-like and crispy both the Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic crackers tasted. Blindfold me and I would swear they were wheat crackers. I often buy Breton crackers for entertaining so it’s great to know their new gluten free line stands up to the originals.

But, back to the baking of the meatballs and why I love this new method so much:

  • Less mess – no more grease splatters from oil jumping out of the pan
  • Healthier – no oil needed (I simply coated muffin tins with cooking spray.)
  • Evenly cooked – with just one turn
  • No fuss batch cooking  – I cooked 24 meatballs in 20 minutes

Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles |

Gluten-Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles

Makes 6 servings


    For the meatballs:
  • 10 Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 3 scallions, diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced & peeled (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup gluten free fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • For the noodles:
  • 1 (14 ounce) box rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • For the garnish:
  • Lime juice
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven ot 400 degrees F.
  2. To make meatballs, pulverize Breton Gluten Free crackers in a food processor until they look like fine bread crumbs. Add to large bowl with ground turkey,egg, scallions, 1/3 cup basil, ginger, black pepper and salt. Gently mix together by hand. Grease your hands and then shape into 1-inch meatballs (makes 36 meatballs.) Place each meatball into a mini muffin tin coated with spray.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes and turn meatballs half way through cooking process. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  4. To make the sauce, whisk together gluten free fish sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes, set aside.
  5. While the meatballs are cooking, cook rice noodles according to package. When done cooking, place in a serving bowl and gently toss with the meatballs, sauce and shredded carrots.
  6. Garnish with a few squirts of lime juice and fresh basil leaves, if desired.

When I heated up the leftovers of this dish the next day, I add in some chopped champagne mango and boy, did that take the flavors over the top – salty, sour, sweet and just a touch of heat – the essence of Thai cuisine. And gluten-free, no less!

Gluten Free Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles |

Do you follow a gluten free diet? What are some of your favorite gluten free substitutions in recipes?

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  1. Yum yum yum. Love the Asian flavor combos in this dish and what a creative spin on the meatballs. My mother in law has celiac disease and we are always trying to find new dishes to make for her that everyone will like. Will definitely be trying this one – either with her or just for us!
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  2. My family will love this recipe! Great reasons to love this recipe.
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  3. You nailed this one Deanna-looks mouthwateringly delicious! Definitely going to try this, as I love anything Thai, and my kids love anything meatball. Win, win :-)
    EA-The Spicy RD recently posted..Cinco de Mayo Recipes // Cal-Mex StyleMy Profile

  4. I adore making meatballs in muffin tins as well because I apparently have the same affliction, hahaha. These look great! :]
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  5. Great recipe! I never think of Thai and meatballs (at the same time, I mean :) ). can’t wait to try this one!
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  6. These look fantastic! Your photos are so appetizing.

  7. Yep, we both had the same mindset with meatballs :) Must say, yours looks mighty good!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.
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  8. Love the flavor combinations and the spin on spaghetti and meatballs! Beautiful pics too!

  9. These look moist and perfect!
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  10. I love this idea. What a fantastic way to infuse flavor into the meatballs.
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