If there was a Hall of Fame for easy, personalized summer dishes, go ahead and put these Herb Chicken Meatballs in a place of honor. Italian herbs give this lightened-up comfort food its fresh and balanced flavor, while smoked cheddar and prosciutto make it anything but boring. If you’re craving some flexibility, you can’t go wrong with this recipe – Herb Chicken Meatballs leave plenty of room for adjustments, whether you’re serving friends with dietary restrictions or experimenting with new ingredients.
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need to make Herb Chicken Meatballs:
HERB CHICKEN MEATBALLS
- 1 Pound Ground Chicken
- ½ Cup Chopped Speck or Prosciutto
- 2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
- ½ C Grated Smoked Cheddar
- 1 Tablespoon Dry Bread Crumbs
- 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- ½ Teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
ROASTED RED PEPPER PISTOU
- 1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlic
- 2 Roasted Red Bell Peppers
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Cup Coarsely Grated Plum Tomatoes
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Grated Gouda
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and spray with cooking spray.
- Grab a large bowl and combine the chicken, speck/prosciutto, eggs, smoked cheddar, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form the mixture into 20 meatballs; place on your baking sheet.
- Bake in the center of the oven until juices run clear, 17-18 minutes. If you’re using a meat thermometer, look for at least 165 degrees F.
- While your meatballs are in the oven, make your pistou! Combine garlic and salt in a food processor. Add in chunks of your roasted red bell peppers and continue to blend. Stir in the tomatoes, olive oil and cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Ready to eat? Skewer your meatballs, put them on a white platter and drizzle them in pistou.
Want to tweak this recipe to meet dietary restrictions? It’s easy! Simply replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal for a scrumptious Keto dish, and the cheese as well if you’re going Paleo. Coconut flour can also work as a great binder, if you don’t want to use almond meal.
Once you’ve got the basics, it’s time to play. Try making these meatballs with different kinds of meats, like Italian sausage from a local store or ground turkey. The smoked cheddar could be replaced with goat cheese or smoked Gouda, which would pair nicely with sun-dried tomatoes. If you don’t have time to make the pistou, a simple jarred marinara will get the job done. The combinations are truly endless.
The best part? This recipe is the gift that keeps on giving. Herb Chicken Meatballs can be frozen ahead of time, with or without sauce, for an on-hand snack or appetizer. Make these meatballs and serve them at your next pool party or save them for a rainy day – your future self will thank you!
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