These Easy Chicken and Broccoli Meatballs are a super delicious and healthy dinner! This low carb meatball recipe can be served as appetizers too!
A Low Carb Dinner Recipe For The Whole Family!
These Easy Chicken and Broccoli Meatballs are only going to take you 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake in the oven. So honestly, dinner can be on the table in just about 30 minutes!
Any type of stir fry recipe is how we get tons of vegetables in our diet. All you need to do is give them a toss in our stir fry sauce and they’re gone in no time.
So yes, this works on both kids and adults…I’m just saying, adults can be picky eaters too. The recipes that you can make with stir fry sauce are endless, just use your favorite type of meat (or tofu) and whatever vegetables you have in the fridge.
We make this Ginger Beef Stir Fry with it, or Asian Chicken and Brussels (one of my favorites) or this Easy Stir Fry Shrimp and Cashews. But like I said, the key here is the sauce. Once you’ve got that made which takes about 5 minutes, the rest is easy.
These Easy Chicken and Broccoli Meatballs get tossed in the stir fry sauce right before serving and let me tell you, they are so good you won’t be able to stop eating them!
We served this low carb meatball recipe over rice but you could use spaghetti or ramen noodles too. Or if you’re on a low carb diet then just dig in to a big bowl of these chicken meatballs, maybe some steamed broccoli on the side.
Let me tell you, there is a LOT of chopped broccoli going on in this chicken meatball recipe. Like almost a 50/50 ratio! We’ve stuffed in as much veggie goodness as these meatballs can take without falling apart.
I used fresh broccoli, steamed it and then chopped it up. But you can also grab frozen chopped broccoli to save yourself a step. The key to this meatball recipe is to chop the broccoli up very fine so you don’t hav big pieces of broccoli sticking out of the meatballs.
We do this for texture and also for sneakiness. If you’ve got picky eaters a smooth texture to these chicken meatballs is key. They won’t even know what hit them.
Can These Meatballs Be Frozen?
You can! We tested this meatball recipe a couple of times to see how much broccoli we could actually jam in there…so we do have a bunch frozen. These Easy Chicken and Broccoli Meatballs can be baked right from frozen or defrosted and then baked.
So go ahead and make a double batch, freeze them and grab them when you need a quick and healthy meal!
Can I Use Store Bought Stir Fry Sauce?
Yep, of course. We love our homemade stir fry sauce and since it literally takes 5 minutes to make we usually just use that on these meatballs. But if you have a bottle of stir fry sauce hanging around go ahead and use that to make this recipe even easier!
Try and taste a few different brands of stir fry sauce if you’re going to go this route, like everything store bought, some are definitely better than others!
Like I mentioned, we also serve these chicken and broccoli meatballs for appetizers! You can make these meatballs ahead of time for a party and then warm them up and toss them in the stir fry sauce right before serving!
I can promise you, these meatballs will be devoured in no time, so make sure you make enough to go around. Serve these with toothpicks for easy grabbing and some extra stir fry sauce on the side for dipping!
What Other Ingredients Can I Substitute In This Meatball Recipe?
Let’s talk about the protein first. Beef can be swapped out for the chicken as well as pork and ground turkey too! As far as the broccoli goes, you can use frozen chopped spinach in addition to the broccoli or instead of the broccoli. The key to this recipe is the consistency or the texture, especially if you’re trying to sneak in the vegetables!
So whatever you’re swapping out, just make sure that it blends in well with the meatballs. Grated zucchini, even finely shredded carrots are both good options!
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This healthy chicken meatball recipe can by ready in just 30 minutes! Serve these meatballs for dinner or appetizers!
- 2 lbs. ground chicken
- 2 1/2 cups cooked broccoli, finely chopped (this is about 2, 10 ounce boxes of frozen chopped broccoli)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste, or fresh ginger grated
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg
- Stir Fry Sauce (Or use a store bought sauce)
- sesame seeds and fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add the chicken, broccoli, bread crumbs, soy sauce, ginger, salt, garlic powder, pepper and the egg. Mix with well to combine well then form into 2 inch meatballs. (I used a 1 1/2 T scoop)
- Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- While the meatballs are in the oven you can make the stir fry sauce, or grab your bottle of store bought sauce if you’re using that instead.
- Place the baked meatballs in a large bowl and pour over enough stir fry sauce to coat.
- Toss until the meatballs are covered in the sauce, garnish with sesame seeds and parsley then serve.
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