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Italian Chicken Meatballs

(For National Meatball Day!)

If you’ve read my post on how much I f*ckin’ love food then you know Italian food is one of my favorite delicacies. You also probably know that despite it being so flavorful so much of it can be carb-heavy. So in honor of today being National Meatball Day, I’m going to share my healthy take on the classic dish, MEATBALLS baby!

Traditionally, Italian meatballs are never served with Pasta, I know, as an American I was shocked to find this out too, but instead served as a main or side dish called polpettes. Though the origin of meatballs is somewhat unknown it’s pretty consistently a ground ball of meat with spices and seasoning. Four healthy take, we’re using chicken. See the recipe below and get cooking.

1 lb of ground chicken

1 large egg or two medium-sized eggs

1 cup of breadcrumbs - panko preferably

2 tablespoons of granulated garlic

1 tablespoon of red chili flakes

1 tablespoon of oregano or Italian blend seasoning

1 teaspoon of thyme

2 tablespoons of salt

2 tablespoons of black pepper

1 cup of vegetable broth

1 jar of marinara or pasta sauce

What That Taste Like?

Somebody's Italian Momma’s Meal

  1. Add all of your ingredients, minus a tablespoon of the salt and pepper and the wet ingredients, to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Get your hands in there and work the spices into the meat until everything is mixed evenly.

  3. In a large pasta pot, add 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat.

  4. While the oil is heating, take a handful of the meat mixture and begin to form medium to large-sized balls. Pro tip: you can also use an ice cream scooper.

  5. Place each ball into the pot and cook turning occasionally until brown on each side, about 2-3 mins.

  6. Once all sides are browned, add in the wet ingredients and the rest of the salt and pepper, bring to a boil.

  7. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 7-10 minutes. Note, feel free to add more sauce if too much evaporates. And always add additional seasoning to taste if you like.

Boom that’s it. A healthy flavorful take on an insanely popular dish. Eat up and let me know what you think.

Yum! 😛

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