How to make chicken meatballs

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How to make chicken meatballs

One bite of these Pecan Chicken Meatballs and you’ll be hooked! Juicy on the inside with a delicious, nutty crunch on the outside!

How to make chicken meatballs

This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All opinions and text are my own.

My family loves fun dinner nights. I like to mix up what cuisine I’m cooking throughout the week like most moms. But my guys really love when we do a small bites (AKA appetizers for dinner) night. I make sliders, shrimp, or meatballs and we turn them into a meal with sides and salads. These Pecan Chicken Meatballs are the latest addition to our small bites dinners and boy were they a hit! My husband said they’re one of the best chicken recipes I’ve made.

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You might be wondering about why I’d put pecans and spinach in my ground chicken meatballs. The answer is simple. Spinach is a great way to get some extra veggies in our diet, and pecan are the original supernut! Pecans are a great way to add plant-protein, fiber, good fats, and essential minerals to our meals. They’re naturally sweet and have a great crunch my family loves. Add them to chicken meatballs and you’ve got a filling dinner that’ll satisfy the whole family.

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

So easy you guys! My favorite way to serve them meatballs is over some pasta drizzled in a garlic lemon butter sauce with a little fresh parsley mixed in. The meatballs are definitely the star of this dinner.

How to make chicken meatballs

I love to serve a green salad and some crusty bread alongside these meatballs. For the salad, I use romaine lettuce, a handful of pecans, fresh blueberries, sliced avocados, Parmesan cheese, and squeeze lemon juice for the dressing. You can even drizzle on a little olive oil if you like. It’s a bright and refreshing salad that goes great with these nutritious chicken meatballs!

How to make chicken meatballs

Now, you could stop and these meatballs as soon as they cool off a little and they would be delicious. But I have a couple of tips for making them extra tasty.

What sauce with chicken meatballs?

When we’re serving up these meatballs as an appetizer I usually have some yum yum sauce, bacon jalapeno fry sauce, or honey barbecue sauce.

What to serve chicken meatballs with

  • The easiest thing to serve with these chicken meatballs is a green salad. You can’t go wrong there.
  • I like using them for meatball subs. The crunch from the pecans is a great contrast to the soft bread.
  • Put them together with some goat cheese and grapes or roasted red peppers.
  • My favorite though is to add them in with some pasta. Toss your pasta in butter or olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, add some Parmesan cheese, and parsley and you’re in business!

How to make chicken meatballs

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I swear I could pecans in everything!!

How to make chicken meatballs

I have been up all night looking forward to meat balls when I realized that I would half to go to the store if I wanted to make some. I was not in the mood to go to the grocery store(just for ground beef), so I looked to see if I had any ground chicken. I know I should know what is in my refrigerator. I have a “food blog” so I should know! I was just hoping ground chicken would appear and I would not half to go to the store. For some odd reason I am obsessed with going to go to the store at night, that way I can wear pajamas. Then I know no one will look at me with this “look” of does she really have pajamas on? Morning and day time shoppers can be so critical; they will walk up to me in the dairy section just to get a good look (at my pajamas) roll their eyes and walk away.

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

Since it is my day off I can just get ready to go (ain’t no body got time for that)! I am looking forward to making meatballs not spending time in the store. I decided why not make my own ground chicken. I call it lean ground chicken since I only used the breast and nothing else. The homemade ground chicken breast made some excellent meatballs. I really don’t know if they will make excellent ground chicken tacos, but you know me I will try. My protest of not going to the store has led me to create an easy way to make chicken meatballs and never leave the house. I wonder what else I can do if I never leave the house. I would like to thank all those critical daytime shoppers! Love Ya!

How to make chicken meatballs

Lean Chicken MeatBalls Recipe: Adapted from baked chicken meatballs
1.5 lb chicken breast
¼ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. rosemary
¼.tsp. marjoram
¼. tsp. sage
½. tsp. salt
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg
1 ½ cup bread crumbs
Recipe Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a tbsp of olive oil on a baking sheet and set aside. In a food processor place chicken breast and pulse until it looks like a paste, place in a bowl and set aside. On low to medium heat add a tbsp of olive oil to sauce pan and let warm up; chop up the medium onion and garlic and add to the oil and sauté until the onions are translucent. Once the onion and garlic has cooled add to the bowl. Place salt and spices to the bowl and mix. Add egg and mix, then add the bread crumbs and mix. Form into balls and place on baking sheet. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Recipe Notes: I used panko bread crumbs which made the meat balls crunchy; the next day they were not crunchy at all. If you would like your meat balls to have a golden brown color on the top, brush with olive oil and broil for about 5-10 minutes. Mine took about 5 minutes at 375. I also used a ice-cream scoop to form my meat balls. Make sure you finely chop up your onion. I am a garlic lover if you are not just use one clove. If you do not have these spices you can always use an Italian blend seasoning it works just as well.

Grinding Chicken Breast Notes: I processed two chicken breast at a time in the food processor. I used three chicken breast for the ground chicken and I got 2 cups and half of ground chicken. I also used the shredder as an experiment and left the chicken a bit frozen; the chicken looked exactly the same as it did without the shredder blade. However I did get more of a mess, more dishes to clean, and a piece of fat that was left on the shredder.

Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs are a total family favorite! You’ll love how easy they come together. They can be eaten plain, or served up in classics like spaghetti and meatballs and meatball subs.

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Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs are a total family favorite! You’ll love how easy they come together. They can be eaten plain, or served up in classics like spaghetti and meatballs and meatball subs.

How to make chicken meatballs

Ground chicken meatballs are a guaranteed win at dinner. If your kid likes chicken nuggets, they will like these meatballs too. We’ve made sure to design a recipe that grow ups will love too. They are full of flavor! And we’ve added healthy fats in to make sure that your meatballs stay nice and moist.

PRO TIP: Olive oil is often added to ground poultry to add moisture and flavor. Because olive oil is a healthy fat, this keeps ground poultry a healthier option than ground beef without sacrificing that perfect juicy meatball.

Can I use ground turkey instead?

Yes, you can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken in this recipe to make turkey meatballs. The cooking time will remain the same. Ground turkey comes in various fat options. We recommend using a lean ground turkey.

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

How should I serve chicken meatballs?

You can serve meatballs plain, as a main dish (these chicken meatballs are definitely good enough!), or you can serve it up with spaghetti sauce for spaghetti and meatballs. Another classic option is to serve them up in meatball subs.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other meatball recipes:

SERVING SIZE: This recipe makes 18 meatballs which will serve 4 to 5 people.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: These meatballs can be frozen. Place on a baking sheet after forming into meatballs and place in the freezer to freeze. Once frozen, remove from baking sheet and transfer to a resealable plastic bag for longer term storage. They will stay good in the freezer for 1 to 3 months.

LEFTOVER AND REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. Will stay good for 5 days, and up to 7 if your ground chicken was fresh and recently purchased.

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How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

Chicken Meatball Recipe

I am partial to all kinds of meatballs, there is just something so irresistible about ground meat shaped into balls. Every culture has its own version of meatballs.

My favorite has always been my fried meatballs, seasoned with Chinese 5-spice powder.

However, these juicy chicken meatballs are top notch and equally delicious.

They are so moist, with a perfect balance of flavors and so addictive.

Once you try one, you won’t stop eating!

How to make chicken meatballs

Other Recipes You Might Like

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Fried Meatballs
  • Meatball Casserole

Ingredients for Ground Chicken Meatballs

  • Boneless and skinless chicken thighs yield juicy meatballs. Ground the chicken meat for the best results.
  • Egg white
  • Lemon juice
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro

How to make chicken meatballs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bake Chicken Meatballs?

Yes, you can definitely bake them in the oven.

Just bake it at 400F for 10 minutes and you will have the juiciest and best result.

Are They Keto?

Looking for chicken meatballs without bread crumbs?

Yes, this is the recipe you’ll need. This recipe is 100% ketogenic.

All the ingredients used are Keto friendly. There is no carb in the recipe because there is no bread crumb in the recipe.

How many calories?

This recipe only has 308 calories per serving.

How to make chicken meatballs

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How to make chicken meatballs

Healthy chicken meatballs made of ground chicken, garlic, onion and lemon juice. Easy, healthy and the best ground chicken meatballs recipe, so easy to make and everyone loves them.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. (0.4 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dashes black pepper
  • 10 cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • oil, for shallow frying

Instructions

  1. Blend the chicken, onion, garlic, egg white, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor until well combined. Transfer the ground chicken out in a bowl and stir in the chopped cilantro leaves. Add the cayenne pepper. Stir to combine well. How to make chicken meatballs
  2. Wet both hands with some water and shape the ground chicken into meatballs and lay on a plate lined with parchment paper. How to make chicken meatballs
  3. Heat up a pan or skillet with some oil, shallow fry the meatballs until lightly browned or cooked through. Serve immediately.

Notes

For kids and toddlers friendly meatballs, fold in the the 2 tablespoons of mashed peas and 2 tablespoons of diced carrots.

Nutrition Information

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Serving Size

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You have the best recipes Thankyou

What is the dipping sauce you are using in the photo? Yum!

As I was reading g this article you said you are a meat ball lover, I thought to myself (well I thought I said to myself, my Cuddlz came rushing in) ‘your my kinda girl’ then Further down I saw sweet and sour Meatballs, then I said most definitely and Cuddlz appeared again, she gets excited when I talk and does not like me my Notebook… lol
Anyway these chicken meatballs sound awesome, they would great to throw in the freezer for that unexpected guest or a quick snack, not a fan of corriander, might try substituting it out for sage or lemon thyme(my new favourite herb). If I was to make it with pork also, would a pork fillet work or is it to lean, maybe pork chops…

Would I be able to cook them in the air fryer?

How to make chicken meatballs

I have been up all night looking forward to meat balls when I realized that I would half to go to the store if I wanted to make some. I was not in the mood to go to the grocery store(just for ground beef), so I looked to see if I had any ground chicken. I know I should know what is in my refrigerator. I have a “food blog” so I should know! I was just hoping ground chicken would appear and I would not half to go to the store. For some odd reason I am obsessed with going to go to the store at night, that way I can wear pajamas. Then I know no one will look at me with this “look” of does she really have pajamas on? Morning and day time shoppers can be so critical; they will walk up to me in the dairy section just to get a good look (at my pajamas) roll their eyes and walk away.

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

Since it is my day off I can just get ready to go (ain’t no body got time for that)! I am looking forward to making meatballs not spending time in the store. I decided why not make my own ground chicken. I call it lean ground chicken since I only used the breast and nothing else. The homemade ground chicken breast made some excellent meatballs. I really don’t know if they will make excellent ground chicken tacos, but you know me I will try. My protest of not going to the store has led me to create an easy way to make chicken meatballs and never leave the house. I wonder what else I can do if I never leave the house. I would like to thank all those critical daytime shoppers! Love Ya!

How to make chicken meatballs

Lean Chicken MeatBalls Recipe: Adapted from baked chicken meatballs
1.5 lb chicken breast
¼ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. rosemary
¼.tsp. marjoram
¼. tsp. sage
½. tsp. salt
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg
1 ½ cup bread crumbs
Recipe Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a tbsp of olive oil on a baking sheet and set aside. In a food processor place chicken breast and pulse until it looks like a paste, place in a bowl and set aside. On low to medium heat add a tbsp of olive oil to sauce pan and let warm up; chop up the medium onion and garlic and add to the oil and sauté until the onions are translucent. Once the onion and garlic has cooled add to the bowl. Place salt and spices to the bowl and mix. Add egg and mix, then add the bread crumbs and mix. Form into balls and place on baking sheet. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Recipe Notes: I used panko bread crumbs which made the meat balls crunchy; the next day they were not crunchy at all. If you would like your meat balls to have a golden brown color on the top, brush with olive oil and broil for about 5-10 minutes. Mine took about 5 minutes at 375. I also used a ice-cream scoop to form my meat balls. Make sure you finely chop up your onion. I am a garlic lover if you are not just use one clove. If you do not have these spices you can always use an Italian blend seasoning it works just as well.

Grinding Chicken Breast Notes: I processed two chicken breast at a time in the food processor. I used three chicken breast for the ground chicken and I got 2 cups and half of ground chicken. I also used the shredder as an experiment and left the chicken a bit frozen; the chicken looked exactly the same as it did without the shredder blade. However I did get more of a mess, more dishes to clean, and a piece of fat that was left on the shredder.

Flavour-packed, easy to make and nutritious – our zesty chicken meatballs tick all the boxes for a family meal

Nutrition: Per serving

Highlight Nutrient Unit
kcal 628
fat 15 g
saturates 6 g
carbs 69 g
sugars 6 g
high in fibre 8 g
protein 49 g
salt 0.8 g

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 200g ricotta
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 150g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100ml milk, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 25g plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g linguine
  • 320g green beans, trimmed and halved

Method

  • STEP 1

Cut the chicken into very small pieces using a sharp knife. You can use a food processor, but pulse so it doesn’t turn into a paste. Put in a bowl and add half the lemon zest, half the ricotta, half the parsley, the breadcrumbs and mix together. Add the 2 tbsp milk, the egg and a good pinch of seasoning. Mix again.

Dust a plate lightly with flour. Wet your hands, take a golf ball-sized piece of the meatball mixture and roll into a ball. Set on the floured plate and repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, then the meatballs, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Cook for 10-15 mins, turning so they brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

Meanwhile, heat a large pan of salted water and add the linguine. Cook following pack instructions, and 3 mins before the end of the cooking time, add the green beans. Drain, saving the pasta water. Rinse the linguine and beans under cool water to stop them cooking further.

Add the remaining ricotta to the frying pan, breaking it up as much as possible. Pour in the 100ml milk and 2 tbsp of reserved pasta water, then cook down to thicken slightly for a couple of minutes. Add the pasta, beans and remaining lemon zest and parsley. Season to taste, mix in the meatballs and serve.

These Creamy Chicken Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce are soft, juicy, full of flavor and tossed in a luscious sauce made up with lots of mushrooms. This is a delicious 30 minute dish that’s perfect for dinner with some noodles or pasta!

How to make chicken meatballs

I’m not even kidding you when I say that I can guzzle down that sauce by the litre. Its that good!

I’m a huge mushroom sauce fan and this is really my third recipe that uses a similar sauce situation. Because that sauce is everything.

And I think there is nothing wrong with adding chicken meatballs to that sauce. In fact every single thing is right every time I make these creamy chicken meatballs in mushroom sauce. Which is like thrice in the last week. Even while we were packing up and unpacking to leave for Auroville. Serious dedication folks. Don’t tell me to stop.

How to make chicken meatballs

These chicken meatballs are juicy and light unlike some other chicken meatballs that can be weird and hard. And can fly around when you try slicing into them. Like dodging you. Didn’t happen to me 🙈

There are some cool tips to making this recipe, faster, simpler easier which I’m going to share.

Cooking Tips for Creamy Chicken Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

  • While making meatballs, the best way is to mix all your ingredients except the ground meat first. This way it’s much easier to combine your seasoning, binding agents and flavoring when you finally add the meat.
  • Don’t over mix. Seriously, just stop when you feel like you are 90% done. Overworking the meat can lead to denser meatballs.
  • To chop the mushrooms finely, just cut them in half and add them to a food processor. This will coarsely chop the mushrooms without you having to do any of that effort. Takes about 2.5 minutes.
  • Always sear the meatballs on high heat. This locks in the flavors and the sear helps them retain their shape when you add them back to the sauce.
  • Feel free to switch up chicken meatballs for vegetarian ones if you are a vegetarian. But retain the sauce. Because that sauce absolutely rocks!

How to make chicken meatballs

Secret to juicy Meatballs

Juicy chicken meatballs are key to this recipe and here are some tips that you can use every time you make meatballs to keep them soft and juicy:

Mix the add ins first: While mixing meatballs, I have a step that I never miss. I add all the add ins like breadcrumbs, egg, seasoning etc to the bowl and mix them together first so that when I add my ground meat, it’s much easier to combine the flavors and there is no chance of over mixing

Don’t overmix: To keep meatballs from becoming tough while cooking, don’t overmix the mixture. Don’t use force while mixing, and just toss everything together and definitely use your hands which will give you better control. If your mixture looks pasty, you’ve gone too far

Don’t overcook: It’s easy to overcook chicken meat. In this case, I sear the meatballs in the pan to lock the flavors in and then simmer the meatballs in the sauce till they are cooked through. These meatballs need 15-20 minutes of cooking time

How to make chicken meatballs

Now who wants a bite of those creamy chicken meatballs in mushroom sauce? *raises hand* *both hands*

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Made them for dinner last week, and am making them again this week. They were delicious! Easy ingredients to keep on hand and easy to make ahead. Great recipe!

How to make chicken meatballsNan

How to make chicken meatballs

So when I say anytime, I really do mean anytime.

That’s what I love about these baked chicken meatballs. They are SO EASY to make and they can sort of turn into anything. Here are some of their best features:

  • They are BAKED.
  • They are CHICKEN. (Turkey’s good, too.)
  • They use one bowl.
  • There are no cutting boards involved.
  • There is no splattery sautéing.
  • They are meal-prep friendly.
  • Also freezer friendly.
  • THEY GO WITH ANYTHING, anytime.

I’m not a meatball lover, but I LOVE THESE MEATBALLS.

These baked chicken meatball bites can go with spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni, or any pasta for that matter. They can be served with mashed cauliflower and green beans (my current favorite), or saved for quick and healthy lunch meal prep with roasted veggies. Half of the batch can be tossed with buffalo sauce and half can be frozen for next week’s Swedish meatball dinner.

I don’t memorize many recipes – I have the magic green sauce, soft chocolate chip cookies, and wild rice soup burned into my brain, but that’s about it. THAT BEING SAID, this baked chicken meatball recipe is absolutely a memorize-the-general-concept-and-make-it-anytime type of situation.

See? Anytime. I told you I was serious about that part.

How to make chicken meatballs

K, the recipe is such a breeze. Are you ready?

First, your ingredients. Just pile ’em in a bowl. All you really need to remember is panko, parm, egg, and chicken. The spices are pretty flexible.

How to make chicken meatballs

Now OBVIOUSLY WASH YOUR HANDS and take off your rings and all that. And then dive in.

How to make chicken meatballs

Mix, roll, roll, roll. And bake.

How to make chicken meatballs

Put your feet up, relax for a minute, smell the deliciousness coming from the oven.

And then you’re done!

How to make chicken meatballs

One of my favorite things about these is that even with being baked, they get a really nice browned exterior. You can always throw them in a saute pan if you feel like they need a little extra browning, but I will legit eat these straight off the baking sheet. Browned to perfection, if you ask me.

How to make chicken meatballs

Okay, so what are you going to make with these? Because these are the little baked chicken meatballs that could!

They can be anything they set their minds to. An-y-thing!

Watch How To Make Our Baked Chicken Meatballs (1 Min):

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How to make chicken meatballs

Best Anytime Baked Chicken Meatballs

4.9 from 161 reviews

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 meatballs / 6 servings 1 x

Description

These Baked Chicken Meatballs are the BEST! The perfect addition to any meal or to eat right on their own. Bonus: they’re meal-prep friendly to stock up throughout the week!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil(optional – makes meatballs more moist and yummy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • additional seasonings optional!

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and a little cooking spray.

Equipment

How to make chicken meatballs

How to make chicken meatballs

Notes

I really love making this with ground chicken OR ground turkey. If I use ground turkey, I like the dark meat ground turkey that they sell at Whole Foods.

For mixing, I usually wash my hands, take my rings off, and mix it all up with my hands.

I prefer chunk-less meatballs when it comes to onion and garlic which is why I prefer to use powder. But if you like to have the chunks, I think you could use finely minced fresh garlic and onion with good results!

The sauce pictured here is a store-bought vodka sauce from DeLallo! It’s delicious.

Freezer Meal Version

  1. Mix, roll, and freeze:
    1 pound ground chicken or turkey
    1 egg
    1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    black pepper to taste
    *Note: you can also bake them first at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then freeze them fully cooked
  2. Bake from raw/frozen: 400 degrees for 30 minutes
  3. Final Step: Serve with literally anything – personal fave includes some kind of pasta, red sauce, and a salad.
  4. Check out our full freezer meal posts with all recipes and instructions here!
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked chicken meatballs, chicken meatballs, meal prep meatballs