I love a good party appetizer that is not only tasty, but provides me with some protein as well. These chicken meatballs satisfy any craving for cheese and also provide 30 grams of protein per serving! I had to sneak a little spinach in there just for good measure. The homemade tomato sauce makes enough to have extra on the side for dipping. Ground chicken is a nice alternative to ground beef. These meatballs would also be good with ground turkey. Enjoy these at your next holiday party!
Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1.5 lbs ground chicken
- 3 ounces baby spinach, chopped and wilted
- 1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
In a medium pot, saute onion and garlic until translucent. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes until sauce thickens and remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine ground chicken, spinach, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan, egg and a pinch of salt and pepper. In a skillet heat olive oil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Form ground chicken mixture into balls (should make about 18 small meatballs) and brown in the skillet on all sides. In a baking dish, add a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom. Place browned meatballs in the dish and cover with additional sauce, 1/4 cup Parmesan and mozzarella. Bake meatballs until they are cooked through and the cheese is browned and bubbly – about 15 minutes. Enjoy with additional tomato sauce.
Number of servings: 6 | Serving size: 3 meatballs
Calories: 354, total fat: 19 g, total carbohydrates: 16 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 6 g, protein: 30 g
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