Super moist and flavorful chicken meatballs, covered in rich marinara sauce. This is the only meatballs recipe you’ll ever need. Guaranteed.
While some chicken meatballs are known for being dry, that is something you won’t have to worry about with this recipe. Below, I’ll explain all the tricks and secrets for making The Best Chicken Meatballs Ever. Are you excited? Me too!
There are quite a few tricks that will take your chicken meatballs from “good” to “Oh my God, can I have some more?” Let’s start with chicken meat.
It is not a secret that chicken breast is a lot drier than thigh. That’s why I strongly suggest buying boneless chicken thighs and processing the meat in the food processor at home. It’s really easy, and it does make a difference. Plus you’ll use the same food processor to pulse the chicken with the rest of the ingredients, so you won’t have to wash it twice; Win-win.
It is also important to saute the onion in butter and olive oil before you add it to the meatballs. Don’t rush this process. Use low heat and allow the onion to soften nicely and develop a beautiful golden color. The reason we are cooking the onion like this is to add that special sweet and buttery taste to the meatballs. Another reason for cooking the onion is that if you use raw diced onion in the meatballs, you run the risk of having raw onions in them. Do you want that to happen?
And lastly, the kind of bread you use impacts the softness of the meatballs. Try to make your own breadcrumbs from slightly stale Italian bread for the best results. Other kinds of white bread should work as well, although I always prefer to use an Italian loaf. Mixing the breadcrumbs with milk adds a little extra moisture to the meatballs.
After following all these steps, you are on your way to making THE BEST CHICKEN MEATBALLS EVER.