This ground chicken meatball recipe is gonna hook you up with some seriously tasty meal prep for the week. Ground chicken thighs seasoned with herbs, Parmesan cheese, spices, baked in the oven, and served with two fantastic meal prep side dishes that are easy to make. If you are looking for more meatball recipes, then check out my ultimate Italian meatballs and my Mexican turkey meatball meal prep.
How To Make Baked Chicken Meatballs
The first thing you want to do for these baked chicken meatballs is season aggressively and add lots of flavor because ground chicken thighs tend to be bland and need lots of love. Add some garlic and onion powder, grated Parmesan cheese, egg, and herbs to the chicken thighs, but the key to making these money meatballs is leftover bread that has been soaked in water or milk. If you ave ever had dense meatballs, it’s because they don’t have enough filler. We are not trying to make golf balls here.
Take some good quality leftover bread, soak it in milk or water for a few minutes, squeeze some but not all of the water, and crumble into the chicken meatball mixture. Form the chicken meatballs and if they feel too lose, stash them in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes before baking in the oven
How Long Do I Bake Meatballs For?
Bake meatballs in a sheet tray in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until the internal temperature reached 155 degrees F. The meatballs will carry over to 160 degrees F after you take them out of the oven. It is important that you don’t overcook the meatballs as chicken can dry out easily. After 15 minutes, cut one of the chicken meatballs in half to see if thy are ready.
Chicken Meal Prep Recipes For The Week
This meal prep recipe for chicken meatballs is served with two tasty side dishes. The first is penne pasta tossed in poor man’s pesto made from peanuts and parsley. Pine nuts and basil are expensive, which is why I used parsley and peanuts, and guess what? It still tastes delish! If you want to make this recipe low carb, toss the pesto sauce with shirataki noodles, like I do with this other meal prep recipe that even makes it keto approved.
The second side dish for this chicken meal prep recipe is simple blanched broccoli tossed with lemon and olive oil. We need to get our green on, and this is the easiest way. I even tossed in some leftover peanuts to add some crunch. The entire meal prep recipe makes 5 servings for the week. You can freeze the chicken meatballs and broccoli, but you can’t freeze the pesto pasta. The best way to reheat the meal prep is in a 350 degree F oven for 7-10 minutes. If using a microwave, make sure to cover container with a wet paper towel while reheating.
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