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Super moist and flavorful chicken meatballs, covered in rich marinara sauce. This is the only meatballs recipe you'll ever need. Guaranteed. ❤ COOKTORIA.COM
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THE BEST CHICKEN MEATBALLS EVER

Super moist and flavorful chicken meatballs, covered in rich marinara sauce. This is the only meatballs recipe you'll ever need. Guaranteed.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken meatballs recipe
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Tania Sheff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chicken thighs or breast (thighs make juicier meatballs)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 24 oz jar of your favorite Marinara sauce

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs and milk and set aside.
  • Sauté the onion in butter and olive oil on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, until the onion is soft and starts browning slightly.
  • Place the ground chicken in the food processor and add the breadcrumbs, sautéed onion, egg, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse this mixture until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Put oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Scoop 1/8th of a cup of the meatball mixture and roll it into a ball. You may need to wet your hands, because the mixture is sticky. One by one, roll the meatballs and add them to the oil.
  • Cook, turning as necessary, until nicely browned all over for about 10 minutes. You don't need the meatballs to cook through completely because you'll cook them in marinara sauce in a later step. (Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to work in batches. I have a 10-inch skillet and I cooked these meatballs in 2 batches, 12 at a time).
  • Once the meatballs are cooked, transfer them onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil.
  • Clean the skillet and put the meatballs back in. Pour the marinara sauce on top. Cover the skillet with a tight lid and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese or chopped parsley.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.4mg