Chicken Meatball Recipe:
Learn how to make these delicious and amazing Chicken Meatballs. This chicken meatball recipe is easy to follow and you will be glad you tried it.
Making a classic meatball dinner with chicken instead of beef might seem a bit unconventional but once you try it, you will understand why it makes a nice tasty alternative.
The texture of chicken meatballs is moist and tender, owing to the ground chicken used in their preparation.
Health Benefits of Chicken Meatballs
Chicken is a lean protein source, making chicken meatballs a healthier option compared to beef or pork meatballs.
They are lower in saturated fat and calories, making them suitable for those looking to reduce their fat intake while still enjoying meaty flavours.
lunch OR dinner
45 – 60 minutes
Ingredients for Sauce
- 1 Onion
- 3 tbsp Oilve Oil
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Tumeric
- 4 Fresh Tomatoes
- 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Small Carrot
- 100g Water
- 2 Large Handfulls of Fresh Basil
- 1/4 Tube Tomato Puree
- 4 Cells of Celery
Ingredients for Meatballs
- 2 Chicken Breast
- 1 – 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/2 Spring Onion
- Salt & pepper
- 2 Eggs
- Parmesan Cheese for topping
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
Chicken Meatballs -Method – Instructions
Preparing the Tomato Sauce
Peel and dice your onion.
Roughly chop or crush the peeled garlic.
Cut up four cells of cellery to about 1/2 cm chuncks.
Chop up the fresh tomatoes into small chunks.
Grate your carrot.
Gather your fresh basil leaves and roughly chop.
Cooking the Tomato Sauce
Into a saucepan add your olive oil.
Turn the heat on to medium.
Add your onions, garlic, celery and grated carrots.
Mix the ingredients together.
Put a lid on and sauté for 5 – 10 minutes.
After 5 – 10 minutes add some salt & pepper.
Then add your fresh tomatoes and your tin of chopped tomtoes.
To the empty tin of tomatoes, add your water and swirl it around before adding the water to the saucepan, ensuring to not waste any of that lovely tomato flavour.
Place your tomato puree into the saucepan.
Now add your tumeric and oregano and fresh basil.
Give all the ingredients a mix around.
Time now to put the lid on and let the flavours infuse together while letting it cook on a slow heat for 45 minutes, occassionally giving it a stir.
In the meantime while your tomato sauce is cooking lets prepare the Chicken Meatballs
The easiest way to have ground chicken is to ask your local butcher to mince the chicken breasts for you.
Alternatively you can cut your chicken breasts into very small pieces yourself. It is easier to work with when cut up nice and small.
Finely dice your spring onion.
Into a large mixing bowl add your finely ground minced chicken and your finely diced spring onion.
Season with salt and pepper. If you wanted a bit of a spicy chicken meatball, then add 1/2 tsp of chill powder or chilli flakes.
Whisk your eggs and then add to the bowl with your chicken.
Add your garlic and your breadcrumbs to the bowl.
Put in your paprika and parsley.
Grate a bit of your Parmesan cheese into the bowl. Any rich and distinctive strong cheese would be good like Parmigiano Reggiano Dop or something like it.
Intially mix ingredients with a fork.
Then the best way to combine the ingredients for chicken meatballs, is to get your hands into that mixing bowl and really bind the ingredients into a firmer mixture, where the mixture will come away from the edge of the bowl.
Now pull small pieces of the mixture and make little ball shaped meatballs.
From this amount of ingredients, you need to aim to make about 16 meatballs.
You are ready to cook your chicken meatballs.
Check on your Tomato Sauce
After about 45 minutes your tomato sauce will have changed colour and smell amazing.
At this stage you want to place your sauce into a tall jug and liquidise with a hand blender, or you can put the sauce into a liquidiser.
Once the tomato sauce is nice and smooth, empty it back into the saucepan and put the lid on. You can cook it on a very low heat while you cook your chicken meatballs.
Cooking your Chicken Meatballs
Into a frying pan, pour in some olive oil.
Place your chicken meatballs into the frying pan on a low to medium heat.
You can turn your chicken meatballs in the pan by flicking them in the pan or you can turn the meatballs with some tongs.
Moving and jerking your frying pan to move the chicken meatballs ensures the shape of the balls will stay nice and round.
However when you use tongs, it may squash the meatballs a little, slighly altering the shape.
If the shape is altered slightly it doesn’t matter. They still taste amazing.
Ensure the chicken meatballs are nice and brown, so you know they are cooked well. This process will vary depending on your heat, but will take roughly about 10 minutes.
While the chicken meatballs are cooking nicely, this is the perfect time to cook your spaghetti.
Place your speghetti pasta into a pot of boiling water and cook to the packets instructions.
Chicken Meatballs & Tomato Sauce & Spaghetti
Add those gorgeous chicken meatballs to that wonderful homemade tomato sauce.
Gently mix the meatballs into the sauce.
Once your spaghetti is cooked, drain in a seive and pour over some boiling water from the kettle onto your spaghetti.
Spread your spghetti onto the plate.
Place your wonderful flavoursome chicken meatballs and homemade tomato sauce in the centre of your spaghetti pasta.
Grate some parmesan cheese over the top of your meatballs and sprinkle some parsley over the cheese.
Serve and enjoy.
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