So I think you all know by now I love versatile meal items; I also love meatballs. As much as I enjoy a nice plate of spaghetti and meatballs, it’s just not practical for an everyday dinner (especially since my recipe takes about two hours to make). These ground chicken meatballs are a perfect alternative for so many reasons. They are healthy compared to ground beef and these chicken meatballs are also packed with protein. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it’s so easy to prepare them to your liking: eat them with pasta, zoodles, on a hero, with veggies, brown rice, or salad — there are so many options.
Special Spinach and Onion Chicken Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chicken (minced chicken)
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese - you can use 1/4 cup if you want
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 medium egg
- ¼ teaspoon basil - can use 1/2 teaspoon
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch salt - to liking
- 1 pinch ground black pepper - to liking
- 1 bag spinach - you can use frozen too — about 1 – 1 1/2 cups
- ¼ medium white onion - chopped (about 1/4 -1/2) cup
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes - optional
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a medium saucepan sauté spinach and onion with olive oil until onion gets soft and translucent and spinach wilts (about 5 minutes – don’t stress it too much, just make sure the spinach is wilted).
- Set spinach and onion aside to cool (let cool for 5-10 minutes while you prepare other ingredients).
- In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, cheese, and spices.
- Once the spinach and onion mixture is comfortable to touch, add the mixture into the meatball mix.
- Combine all the ingredients.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- Shape mixture into 12 meatballs — it might be difficult because of the moisture from the sautéed veggies and milk, but do the best you can
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are 165°F — I’ve also seen meatballs baked on 350°F for 25-30 minutes so you can do whatever you’d prefer, 400°F for 25 minutes worked for me though
- Let cool, serve, and enjoy!