Recipe VIDEO above. Golden brown on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside, these Baked Chicken Meatballs are lip smackingly delicious! Pass them around with ketchup at a gathering or make Spaghetti and Meatballs!
Keyword: Baked meatballs, Chicken meatballs
Servings: 4- 5 people
500 g/1lb chicken mince(ground chicken), or turkey or pork (Note 1)
1/4small white onion, grated into the bowl
1large garlic clove, minced
1/4cupfinely chopped parsley(or 2 tsp dried parsley or basil)
Olive oil spray(or olive oil)
1garlic clove, finely chopped
3/4small onion , finely chopped
800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
1 cup / 250 mlwater(swirl in tomato can to clean out)
Handful basil leaves, torn, or 1 tsp dried herbs (e.g. Italian mix, oregano, thyme, basil)
250 g/ 1/2 lb spaghetti or other long strand pasta of choice, cooked per packet
Fresh basil, optional
Preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (fan/convection).
Place a rack on a tray, and spray the rack with oil.
Place Meatball ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Scoop up a heaped tablespoon, roll into a ball and place on the rack. Repeat with remaining mixture - should make 25 - 30. Tip: spray hands with oil or wet lightly with water.
Spray each ball well with oil, then bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Give 'em a squeeze and you'll see how soft they are!
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 2 - 3 minutes until translucent. Add tomato and water, stir then turn heat down to medium. Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper and stir through basil (or use dried herbs).
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Drain then return pasta to the same pot.
Add Sauce and meatballs, toss.
Serve, garnished with fresh basil and parmesan.
1. Chicken mince sold in supermarkets in packets can sometimes be quite watery which makes the meatball mixture hard to roll into balls. So check the packet - if there are pools of water, avoid it! If you go to a butcher, ask for thigh rather than breast - better flavour.If your mixture is very wet, add a bit more breadcrumbs and/or refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes (this firms it up).2. Nutrition per person, assuming 5 servings.