Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines to make, especially during the fall when the weather starts to get cold and rainy. There is just something so comforting about an amazing bowl of spaghetti and meatballs on an October evening. Although I wish I could eat that way every night, I try to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle which means I can’t have pasta 5 nights a week! Although this dish is not full of carbs, it is full of flavor and cheese which is why I love it so much! It almost makes me forget that I am not eating real pasta, just ALMOST. Zoodles with spicy chicken meatballs in marinara is such a delicious, light comfort dish that is perfect for when you are craving that warm bowl noodles! I also usually make a double batch of meatballs to freeze, so I have a healthy¬†dinner option waiting for me in my freezer that can be made in just minutes! Enjoy!

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Spicy Chicken Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 35m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 18 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken, ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c onion, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c pecorino romano, grated
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, more or less, depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Put all the ingredients minus the chicken in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Once everything is combined, add the ground chicken. When you add the meat in, be careful not to over mix. If you mess with the mixture too much, the meatballs can become tough. I suggest using your hands for this part!
  3. Form the meatballs into small balls, about a golf ball size. Place the meatballs on a foil lined baking sheet. The mixture should make about 18 balls.
  4. Place the meatballs in the oven and roast for 18 to 22 minutes. The meatballs are ready when an insta-read thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted in the middle.
  5. Let the meatballs rest or place them in tomato sauce to coat before serving. Enjoy!

xo, Rachel

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