In my humble opinion, these really are the best meatballs ever. Crispy on the outside,…
“Most flavorful” is a pretty bold statement but I’m stickin’ to it!
I used to think ground chicken meatballs would be dry and boring. How could I have been so wrong? This chicken meatball recipe is anything but!
I’m a meatball lover and to be honest, a little picky when it comes to meatballs.
I didn’t think I could deviate from my best meatballs ever recipe until these little bundles of flavor goodness came into my life.
These ground chicken meatballs have a crispy outside, soft, moist (sorry, had to say it) center, and a flavor combination to die for. There’s a little heat, a little tang, and a whole lotta Italian flavor!
how to make ground chicken meatballs
These meatballs take minutes to prepare. Go ahead and dump the ground chicken (or turkey) in a bowl and lightly mix together. Go ahead and use your hands (just remember to take your rings off)!
Scoop with a cookie scoop if you have one— it will make your life easier! I scoop them all out and then go back and roll each of the balls.
Once you’ve formed the meatballs, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, fry meatballs in batches. When the bottom half of the meatball is brown (approx. 3-4 mins.), turn and cook the other half. Their golden outsides are a thing of beauty, I promise!
Remove them from the heat and place them on paper towels to drain the oil.
At this point, I have to be vigilant. Anyone walking by these crispy balls of joy tries to sneak one. As much as I want to guard them with my life, I secretly delight in the family’s efforts to steal them before dinner. Doesn’t it get you excited when the whole fam loves something—and it’s healthy?
chicken meatballs, no breadcrumbs
I decided to go the non-traditional route with these chicken meatballs and went without breadcrumbs (gasp!). I substituted with almond flour, thinking the extra fat from the almonds would keep the chicken moist (sorry, I said it AGAIN!). Of course, you’re welcome to use breadcrumbs or a different flour. I’m confident they’d be just as delicious.
meatballs with pecorino cheese
Another change in this chicken meatball recipe is to use Pecorino cheese vs. Parmesan. Pecorino, a cheese made from sheep’s milk vs. cow, has become my go-to because it’s more easily digested.
The taste of Pecorino is stronger than Parmesan so the cheese flavor really comes through, even with all of the other flavors. However, if you have Parmesan on-hand, feel free to use that.
what to serve with chicken meatballs
Traditional pasta works well with these meatballs. To keep the dish on the healthier, more nutrient-dense side, I like to use brown rice or wheat spaghetti noodles. I’m a huge fan of Jovial’s brown rice pasta which has become my staple.
If you want to go completely grain & gluten-free, make these meatballs with roasted butternut squash. To make spaghetti squash, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder over the inside of the squash. Place on a sheet tray, inside side down, and bake for 30-40 minutes on 400. It should have a really nice brown on the inside and soft when it’s done. Use a fork to easily pull the squash noodles from the squash.
A third option is to add the meatballs to a pot of sauce and pair them with a nice loaf of bread.
Whatever you pair it with, make sure you save some extra cheese to grate on top!
other pasta recipes you’ll love:
- amazing chicken sausage pasta in easy tomato sauce
- healthy vegetable lasagna with white sauce: guilt-free comfort
- cozy butternut squash noodles with chicken and stunning cream sauce
- delicious gluten-free turkey bolognese
- easy zucchini shrimp scampi
40 servings per container
Serving Size1 meatballs
- Amount Per ServingCalories62
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber .1g 1%
- Sugars .1g
- Protein 5g 10%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.