Lean Mediterranean chicken meatballs by Cook Smarts are a versatile food you can serve up for lunch or dinner. They’re also an excellent way to hide veggies your family should be eating — try adding chopped kale to mix when you’re rolling out these meatballs.
Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs
- 1/2 cup chopped basil, parsley or dill
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes canned in oil, drained
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (or chicken)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
Preheat oven to 375°F.
To make the meatballs, mix together ground meat with herbs, diced onion, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, panko, egg, crushed garlic (or minced cloves), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper. Start with 1/2 cup of panko and add more if the mixture looks too wet. Roll meatballs, about 1.5″ in diameter.
Place a cooling rack into a baking sheet and keep that next to your meatball searing station.
Heat a non-stick frying pan, saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.
Add meatballs to heated oil. Sear meatballs until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. Move meatballs to the cooling rack when seared. Repeat if you had to split the meatballs into more than 1 batch.
Place meatballs in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 2 cups
Per serving: Calories: 261; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 132mg; Sodium: 132mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 24g
Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 172mg; Iron: 12%; Vitamin A: 11%; Vitamin C: 17%; Calcium: 5%