Italian chicken meatballs

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about a subject very near and dear to my heart: meatballs! I. love. meatballs. And ever since I had that one from How Bout Those Meatballs at the food festival I attended a few weekends ago, I haven’t been able to forget it. A combination of veal, pork and beef simmered in homemade sauce for eight hours, it was without a doubt the best meatball I’ve ever eaten!

Unfortunately the vendor only sells at festivals for the time being, which makes it hard to get my hands on another one. So what is a foodie to do? Try to recreate it! With my own twist, of course. I decided to make Italian chicken meatballs with ingredients like sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan to give them a punch of flavour. Then I simmered them in homemade sauce for two hours. I don’t know how the people at How Bout Those Meatballs can wait for eight whole hours – the whole house smelled so amazing that I had a hard time waiting just two hours to dig in!

Italian chicken meatballs

Italian chicken meatballs
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Yield: 20-24 small meatballs
  • 1-1/4 lb ground chicken
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small dish combine the breadcrumbs and milk and let sit.
  3. Heat up the olive oil on the stove and add the shallots. Saute over low heat until they soften, then add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and add the ground chicken, soaked breadcrumbs, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Then wet your fingers and start to shape the mixture into small balls about 1 inch in size. Wet your fingers as needed to keep the mixture from sticking.
  6. Place the balls on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil and put in the oven for about 10 minutes. Then broil them for ~1 minute to brown just the surface.
  7. Transfer to a simmering pot of homemade pasta sauce and cook over very low heat for 2 hours or more. Serve with sauce over a bowl of your favourite pasta!

Italian chicken meatballs

Italian chicken meatballs

If you’re smart you’ll make a double batch of these meatballs because they disappeared like hotcakes from my kitchen. I couldn’t even enjoy any leftovers the next day! So if you end up making these, I might just show up at your place for leftovers.

Do you like meatballs? What is your favourite ingredient to add to pasta?


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14 Responses to Italian chicken meatballs

  1. It might be the Italian in me but I love Meatballs! My mom makes the best ones! I am totally boring and just like my pasta plain with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese! Roasted veggies added in are great too!

  2. I LOVE meatballs too!! I get so excited when I see them. I guess bc they're little?? Idk! Yours sound so freaking good, esp bc of the sundried tomatoes. Awesome job. I just saved a recipe for meatballs with sriracha in them. I'm so excited!!

  3. Love, love homemade meatballs!The health-foodie in my likes to add spinach to my pasta sauces – sneaking in veggies for everyone else :-)My aunt picked up a bottle of vodka bacon pasta sauce from Remark for me – I am so exciting to try that it's ridiculous.

  4. I absolutely LOVE spaghetti and meatballs, it was always my favorite thing to order at Italian restaurants! Those look great!

  5. I LOVE meatballs. They make a killer sandwich.

  6. oh my goodness those look SO YUMMY! I'm definitely making these over the weekend :) Best item to add on pasta

  7. These looks so good!!! Yum!

  8. Oh my gosh these looks awesome and totally Jonny-approved!!

  9. I have to be a 8 years old… hee hee, balls. I do love 'em. Great idea baking them!

  10. Yumm yum, yet another stellar recipe! I would say extra sauce and meat balls are both my favorite… oh and some parm cheese please :)

  11. I love homemade pasta sauce! It's so easy and makes a dish so much better (less sodium too :))!

  12. Oh man those meatballs look so good! Spaghetti and meatballs is a winning dinner.


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