Baked Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Looking for an easy Baked Chicken Meatballs recipe? Learn how to make Baked Chicken Meatballs using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 4 servings



Adapted from Gourmet. Serve with a pepperonata.

Recipe Ingredients for Baked Chicken Meatballs

3 slices Italian bread, torn into small bits (1 cup)
1/3 cup milk
3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped (you can swap in Canadian Bacon if you can?t find pancetta)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large egg
1 pound ground chicken
2 tablespoons tomato paste, divided*
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Recipe Directions for Baked Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 400F with a racks the upper thirds. Soak bread in milk in a small bowl until softened, about four minutes.

  2. Cook pancetta, onion, and garlic in one tablespoon oil with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat until onion is softened, about 6 minutes. (Alternately, as in ?I thought of this after the fact?, I?d bet you could render the pancetta for a couple minutes and cook the onions and garlic in that fat, rather than olive oil.) Cool slightly.

  3. Squeeze bread to remove excess milk, then discard milk. Lightly beat egg in a large bowl, then combine with chicken, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, pancetta mixture, bread, and parsley. Form 12 meatballs and arrange in another 4-sided sheet pan (I used a 913 roasting dish).

  4. Stir together remaining tablespoons of tomato paste and oil and brush over meatballs (the paste/oil does not mix in any cohesive manner, but just smoosh it on and run with it) , then bake in upper third of oven until meatballs are just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes (though mine took a good 5 minutes longer).

Categories

Chicken, Eggs, Appetizers, Main Dish, Mediterranean

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 210.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
454
Calories from Fat
234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
26.0g
40%
Saturated Fat
6.9g
34%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
179mg
60%
Sodium
669mg
28%
Potassium
577mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates
8.7g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0.9g
4%
Sugars
2.9g
Protein
44.3g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 7% Iron 15%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
  •   Bad points
  • High in cholesterol
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