Chicken Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce


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Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Meatballs with an easy tomato sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love!

Chicken Meatballs on a plate with pasta and tomato sauce

Let’s talk about these Chicken Meatballs with an easy tomato sauce for a minute. Aside from macaroni and cheese and salmon, these meatballs are my kids’ favorite meal. The kind of meal where they ask for seconds and sometimes even thirds. All four of them love these meatballs.

There are both Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses inside the meatballs. Just enough to bring out the flavors of chicken parmesan while still keeping things on the lighter side.

These meatballs are made with ground chicken, so they are lower in fat.  I use my cookie scoop to help shape the meatballs. It makes it so easy, and there’s less mess on my hands. I also line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

While the meatballs bake and the pasta cooks, you’ll have time to make my super easy tomato sauce. It takes just minutes and adds another homemade touch to this from scratch meal.

close up of cut Chicken Meatballs on plate with tomato sauce

If fast and easy meals work for your life right now, too, then you might want to take a peek at some of my other 30 minute meals:

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken

Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

And don’t forget to follow my Easy Weeknight Meals Pinterest Board for more quick and easy dinner inspiration!

Chicken Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken meatballs
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 4
Calories 638kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (any shape)

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, place all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Use a fork or your hands to mix until well combined. Form into 1-inch round balls and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. (I use a small cookie scoop to make it quick and easy to form the meatballs.)
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature should read at least 165 on an instant read thermometer.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, make the tomato sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Add the crushed and diced tomatoes, oregano, Italian seasoning, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook sauce at a low simmer while the meatballs cook, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce over the pasta.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 1692mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 882IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 434mg | Iron: 8mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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