Easy Chicken Meatballs
Easy Chicken Meatballs are a delicious and lighter option for those days when you’re craving an alternative to the classic Italian beef meatball.
With flavors from pancetta onions, garlic, Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, they also just happen to be gluten free!
I love a good beefy meatball, I even love them stuffed with cheese like my cheese stuffed mini meatballs recipe, but I also like to mix-it-up and enjoy these lighter, chicken meatballs. If you are one of those people who can’t tolerate beef, say hello to your new little meatball friends.
Now we all know chicken does not have a lot of flavor on its own and there is 1 ingredient I like to use to add so much flavor to many Italian dishes, pancetta. I add it to my Bolognese sauce, Italian Style Meatloaf, and my mini beef meatballs and these chicken meatballs are just the delicious flavor boost they need.
When I first wrote this recipe, it was not easy to find ground chicken in the grocery store, so I would grind it up in my food processor and they would turn out great. If you can’t find ground chicken try this method, but don’t over-mix or the meat will be slimy and gummy. A few pulses will do.
How to Make Easy Chicken Meatballs in 4 Easy Steps:
Making ahead a large batch of these meatballs and freezing some for future use is a great way to have an easy dinner on hand. To freeze uncooked meatballs, line them up on a small baking sheet without touching, make room in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours. This makes it easy to transfer them to a ziptop bag for long-term freezer storage and they won’t stick together.
These easy chicken meatballs are so good when they are served bathed in easy homemade marinara sauce. (see below). All you have to is add your favorite pasta, some Parmesan cheese and crusty bread. Delicious dinner, done!