This is a quick and easy recipe for Chicken Meatballs (with a hidden vegetable). It needs only 6 ingredients, and less than 30 minutes to cook. Kids (and adults) LOVE them!
This chicken meatballs recipe is Gluten Free, Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Whole 30 compliant.
You can jump right to the recipe card by clicking the “Jump To Recipe” button above, but don’t be too hasty! The post contains all my tips and tricks.
Who doesn’t love meatballs? And who doesn’t like chicken??
So, who the heck wouldn’t absolutely ADORE this recipe for CHICKEN meatballs?
Not only are meatballs ridiculously easy to make in general, but they can be made in such a variety of ways – there’s a never-ending list of ideas and meatballs can be a new meal every time. Even if you eat them every day!
A ground chicken meatballs recipe is something a bit more interesting, compared to the basic ground beef variety, although not original by any means. What sets OUR chicken zucchini meatballs apart is the addition of a delicious hidden vegetable twist that makes this easy recipe even yummier.
Are chicken meatballs healthy?
What I love most about our chicken meatballs is that they are absolutely bomb.com in the flavor department, but also completely healthy. (And of course, super quick and easy to throw together)!
- They are made with few, simple whole ingredients.
- They contain no processed ingrendients.
- They are made with no flour or breadcrumbs.
I mean, it’s Whole 30, Paleo, Low-Carb, Keto AND Gluten-Free compliant – it literally ticks all the boxes. Healthy, clean eating at its finest.
What goes with Meatballs for dinner?
Our favorite way to serve these meatballs is with our equally compliant Easy Blender Romesco Sauce. Combine these two quick and easy recipes and you’ll have a lip-smacking dinner on the table in no time at all.
Once you’ve sorted the meatballs and sauce, we like to choose one or two of these healthy side dishes to complement the meatballs:
- Sautéed Sweet Potato
- Green Beans
- Simple Salad
- Zucchini Noodles
- Cauliflower Rice
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
How to make simple Chicken Meatballs:
As is the norm at Living Chirpy – our recipes need to be easy! Why? Because this is the food we ACTUALLY eat in our daily life.
As much as we love cooking – NOBODY likes spending hours a day in front of the stove.
So let’s dive into the good stuff:
Step 1 (Photo 1): Toss all the ingredients into a blender (I love me some blender recipes!):
- Chicken breast (or ground chicken if you can find it),
- Half an onion,
- An egg,
- Garlic cloves, and
- A couple of spices.
Step 2 (Photo 2): Blend everything together until properly combined!
Step 3 (Photo 3): Now, it’s time to get dirty! Form the raw chicken concoction into meatball sized bites – this recipe should give you about 24 meatballs depending on how big you decide to roll them. I used a 1/8 cup to portion the mixture.
Tip: You’ll find that when rolling the meatballs, they are kind of sticky and the mixture is pretty soft, but if you’re careful when adding them to the pan they should stay together perfectly.
Step 4 (Photo 4): Heat up a pan and sear the meatballs for a minute or two on each side.
Step 5 (Photo 5): Toss them into a lined baking tray and pop them into a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Step 6 (Photo 6): Voilà! Chicken Meatballs!
How do you know when chicken meatballs are done?
The best way to know if chicken meatballs are done, is to use a meat thermometer. Stick the pin into the meatball and ensure that the temperature reads at least 165F or 73C.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, your best best is to choose one of the biggest looking meatballs and cut it open – if there is no pink visible and the juices from the meatballs are clear, they are done.
By not adding any kind of flour to them, and making them without breadcrumbs we ensure they are complete wholesome and healthy. As usual, when possible we try to steer completely clear of any processed ingredients.
If you need another healthy and delicious meatball recipe – give our Spanakopita Meatballs with Tzatziki a try! We also have a great round-up of uber delicious recipes from other bloggers here: 10 Wholesome Recipes with Meatballs.
If you cook this recipe, please come back and leave a rating and a comment – we love hearing your feedback so we can improve our recipes!
- 4 chicken breasts (about 1lb/400g)
- 2 cups roughly chopped zucchini
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp celery seeds
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blits until fine and well combined.
- Roll into bite-sized meatballs (don’t worry if they seem a bit too sticky or loose – they’ll stay together perfectly once you sear them).
- Heat up a pan and sear the meatballs in a bit of oil for a minute or two on each side until they get a light golden color. You might need to do 2 batches.
- Transfer the meatballs to a lined baking tray and pop in the oven for approximately 10 minutes. Double check that the meatballs are cooked in the center.
- Serve immediately!
Tips and Tricks:1. You can forgo the searing of the meatballs, but adjust the cooking time to 20-25 minutes. 2. The Chicken Meatballs are cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165F/73C.
This recipe post was originally published in 2018, and updated in 2019 to include more detailed step by step instructions.