The snowstorm this weekend kept us home. We had plenty of food and lots of wood to keep us warm even if the electric went out. The wind howled and the water pounded the bulkhead but we were cozy inside.
Even though the sun came out on Sunday there was 12 inches of water on the ground. We had another day at home. It was time for a little comfort food. Chicken Meatballs with Mushrooms and Zucchini sounded perfect.
These meatballs are easy to prepare and full of flavor. They are baked in the oven which is a lot easier than sautéing them. I added in mushrooms and zucchini for additional nutrition. They are flavored with garlic, onions, dried basil and thyme. Nothing fancy but incredibly tasty.
Instead of ground chicken I prefer skinless, boneless chicken breast and grind it myself in the food processor. It is fresher and cleaner that way. They can also be made with chicken thighs if you like dark meat.
This whole recipe is made in the food processor with a minimum amount of hand chopping. Once you prepare the meatball mixture use a one tablespoon scoop to scoop out the filling, roll them a little in your hands and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, until cooked through. They will only be a little brown but since I add them to my favorite pasta sauce it doesn’t matter. If I were serving meatballs as an appetizer without pasta sauce I would saute them.
This is a great dish to prepare ahead of time. I bake the meatballs, let cool and store in the refrigerator. The next day, I heat them in a large saute pan with my favorite pasta sauce. In just a few minutes they are ready to go.
I usually buy a tomato sauce from the health food store, there are many delicious ones to choose from. Get one in a glass jar made with olive oil, no other oils, no sugar, no preservatives, fresh garlic and fresh onions. Since tomatoes are on the “dirty dozen list” organic is important.
My favorite way to serve them is over spaghetti squash, but spiralized zucchini is good too! It is also good with a side order of sautéed broccoli rabe.
An easy to prepare chicken meatball filled with vegetables and lots of flavor.
- 1 cup zucchini, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
- 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 pound antibiotic free boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- ¼ cup blanched almond flour
- 1 large organic egg or 1 tablespoon ground flax seed soaked in 2 tablespoons water for 5 minutes
- ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- 24 ounces organic tomato sauce
- Preheat oven to 400°
- In a food processor, pulse together the zucchini, mushrooms, onion, parsley and garlic until coarsely chopped.
- Add chicken, almond flour, egg, salt, pepper and herbs. Process until thoroughly combined. Since you can’t taste it here (you don’t want to eat raw chicken), if you find you need more or less seasonings make a note of it for next time.
- Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, scoop and roll the meatballs and place onto a parchment lined or oiled baking sheet.
- Bake meatballs for about 20 minutes until cooked through. They will be lightly brown.
- Heat tomato sauce and add cooked meatballs.
- Serve alone or over spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini.
Nutrition information is for the meatballs only.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: Italian