My current favourite healthy chicken meatball recipe. The pan-fried golden meatballs are crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. For this recipe, we have paired it with a fresh vegetable pasta salad, drizzled with a tangy Dijon dressing. This makes it perfect for a packed lunch or a child friendly dinner. These little bites of heaven are convenient enough for a mid-week meal, especially with a little bit of planning. Best of all, enjoy them guilt free!
What makes these Healthy chicken meatballs so easy to make?
As you know we are all about convenience, and these smart make-ahead strategy is what makes this recipe special. With both the dressing and meatballs prepared in advance, you’ll have the convenience of a quick cook-and-assemble-meal whenever you’re ready to eat!
Here’s the secret to its ease:
The tangy Dijon dressing can be prepared the day before and refrigerated. This not only saves you time when you’re ready to serve the meal but also enhances the dressing’s taste, making it even more irresistible!
Make-ahead Chicken Meatballs:
The chicken meatballs can be rolled and refrigerated up to 24 hours before cooking. So, when it’s time to eat — simply grab them from the fridge and cook! Make sure you buy fresh mince from trusted butcher!
Cook and Assemble:
Cook and cool the pasta, sauté the veggies, and pan-fry the meatballs. All that’s left to do is to assemble the salad by combining the cooled penne pasta, sautéed crispy veggies, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated olives, and torn basil. Drizzle the tangy dressing over the salad, add the cooked chicken meatballs, and you’re good to go! A satisfying and healthy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.
With this recipe, you get the best of both worlds—convenience and taste!
What ingredients need to make this recipe?
- Chicken mince
- Dried breadcrumbs
- Parmesan cheese
- Dijon mustard
- Penne pasta
- Baby spinach
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Marinated olives
- Apple cider vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
Chicken Meatball Alternatives: Other Tasty Substitutes!
Make this your own by changing the meat or even make a combination of meats. Here are some delicious alternatives to chicken meatballs:
Ground beef works well in a variety of meatball recipes, from Italian-style to Swedish meatballs.
Ground pork brings a slightly sweeter and milder taste to the meatballs. It’s commonly used in Asian-style meatballs, such as in Chinese or Vietnamese cuisines.
For a leaner option, turkey meatballs are a great choice.
Lamb adds a unique and robust flavour to meatballs. Mediterranean-inspired recipes often feature lamb meatballs seasoned with herbs like mint and parsley.
Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix different types of meat together. Combining beef and pork, for example, can yield a delicious flavour profile.
Remember to adjust the seasonings and herbs based on the meat you choose, as each type of meat has its unique characteristics. Whether you’re following a specific recipe or experimenting with your own flavours, meatballs offer a versatile canvas.Print