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
Add all of your ingredients, minus a tablespoon of the salt and pepper and the wet ingredients, to a large mixing bowl.
Get your hands in there and work the spices into the meat until everything is mixed evenly.
In a large pasta pot, add 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat.
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.
Place each ball into the pot and cook turning occasionally until brown on each side, about 2-3 mins.
Once all sides are browned, add in the wet ingredients and the rest of the salt and pepper, bring to a boil.
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.