This ground chicken meatballs recipe is made with two secret ingredients: one makes the meatballs moist and the other – a fortunate accident – makes them oh-so-tasty!
Once, not too long ago, when I made these meatballs, I was on auto-pilot and instead of grabbing Worcestershire sauce, I picked up the soy sauce bottle and liberally poured it into the meatball mixture.
I saw what I had done and nearly poured it out of the mixture, but instead thought to myself, “Hmmm, this could be interesting.” Sure enough, once I tasted these delicious and moist chicken meatballs, I decided it wasn’t a mistake but a delightful inspiration disguised as an error. I continue to make these meatballs just like this and haven’t looked back.
The other secret ingredient is almond flour. I wanted to lessen my gluten and carbohydrate intake but if you don’t have almond flour, you can use breadcrumbs and still get moist and delicious meatballs!
Be warned that Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce usually have gluten so this recipe is not gluten free.
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- You can substitute and ground meat for this recipe but I’ve found that when I use chicken, it makes for the moistest meatballs.
- You could use a spatula to mix the ingredients together, but I use my hands because I want to feel the texture.
- It’s okay for the meatballs to be somewhat sticky when you form the balls as it makes for moist meatballs.
- To make this truly gluten free, use a gluten free Worcestershire and soy sauce.
How to make ground chicken meatballs
Gather the ingredients – ground chicken, almond flour, flax seed, herbs and spices, an egg, mustard, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Grab a mixing bowl and place all the ingredients in it. I start out with ½ a cup of almond flour/or breadcrumbs but I usually have to add more. All told, it probably ends up being ¾ of a cup.
Take a dollop of chicken mixture in your hands, roll it between your palms and place each meatball on a large plate until all the mixture is gone. The meatballs should be about 1 and ½ inches in diameter.
Heat up a heavy sauté pan and put a few tablespoons of olive oil in it. Once the oil has heated up place all of the meatballs in the pan and start frying them.
Stand there as they cook and turn them every few minutes so each side browns up. They take around 10 minutes to fully cook.
All that is left is to plate them and serve them.
I hope you enjoyed this ground chicken meatballs recipe.
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Ground Chicken Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup almond flour (½ – ¾ cup – depending on the consistency)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil (for sautéing)
- In a large bowl place ground chicken and add the rest of the ingredients – start with ½ cup of almond flour, add more if it is too wet
- Mix with hands, then roll chicken mixture between palms into 1 ½ inch in diameter meatballs
- Heat heavy sauté pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil and once that has heated up, place the meatballs in the pan
- Stand over them and flip as it browns, browning all sides. Cook for 10 minutes total
Originally published in March of 2016.