Healthy and Hearty Chicken Meatballs

Lately I’ve been craving meatballs. Maybe it’s my lack of cocktail parties or maybe that there’s a pack of frozen ones sitting in my freezer staring at me everyday. After picking up the package on 10 different occasions, reading the ingredients and nutrition, and guiltily putting them back away, I decided to make my own version. Packaged cocktail beef meatballs are not exactly the healthiest treat. They are stuffed with sodium, mystery filler, and fat. My version is made from minced chicken breasts, with minimal added ingredients. I used to use ground chicken from the grocery store, but sometimes ground meats are rather mysterious, so I’ve started mincing lean skinless chicken breasts in a food processor instead. And they are mmmMM goooood.

Nom nom nom

The infamous freezer meatballs.. 22g of fat and 25% of your daily sodium per serving ehhh

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp red pepper jelly
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 dashes tabasco
  • Parmesan for topping

Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp red pepper jelly
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 dashes tabasco
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Chop chicken breasts into cubes and put into food processor. Process until there are no large chunks (only takes a few seconds) or looks like picture below

3. In a medium bowl mix the chicken, breadcrumbs, onions, jelly, herbs, chilli, paprika, garlic and tabasco until well blended

4. Line a baking sheet with tin foil (avoids a baked on mess!) and scoop the mixture into little balls, lining the sheet.

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes

6. While the balls are baking, heat a sauce pan and olive oil and fry the tomatoes and onions for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat.

7. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce pan and coat. Cook them over low heat until well combined and heated through

8. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and enjoy!

Minced chicken breasts

Baking away

 

Eat me!

OH! And just a word to anyone who is too afraid to cook because they think they’ll mess up… see that freshly grated parmesan in the picture above? Yup… actually white chocolate. Oops. Thought the white brick in the dairy drawer was cheese. Still tasted amazing.

 

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