Chicken Meatballs Recipe

4.50 from 4 votes

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Homemade chicken meatballs are one of our many recipes for homemade meatballs. These are just one of our easy ground meat recipes that I know you and your family will love.

A close up of a plate of food, with Chicken Meatballs

Growing up, my mom’s spaghetti was my favorite meal.  Her homemade tomato sauce, canned from the autumn harvest of her own tomatoes from the garden, always hit the right spot with my developing palate.

It wasn’t just my mom’s sauce I loved.  The fat strands of pasta and the simple but prominent meatballs were all a part of the meal too. 

I still am a spaghetti man, always will be Sometimes though I’ll take a step or two outside of traditional convention.  Sometimes I’ll make chicken meatballs.

A pan filled with chicken meatballs

Reason number 4,341 that I’m a lucky man:  Scott does the lion’s share of the grocery shopping in our household.    Don’t get me wrong, I love going to grocery stores, sometimes a bit too much. 

It’s not uncommon for me to come home with a bit more than we actually need.  Thus, when grocery shopping, I’ve been known to over-do it a time or too.  Scott, on the other hand, he’s all business when it comes to buying our food supplies. 

He gets in there and he gets it done, no monkey business and no spending twice as much money as he would need too.  He’s an excellent shopper, going for quality and deals.

A close up of a plate of food, with Meatballs

Thus, this chicken meatballs recipe came came about a few days ago when I spotted a pound or so of ground chicken in our fridge.  “What am I suppose to do with this?” I asked him.  “I don’t know, let’s do tacos or something.” 

That suggestion filtered through my internal appetite center but it did kick my appetite into higher gear.  In the mood for some pasta and with a small boatload of fresh Roma tomatoes sitting on our counter, I became instantly aware of this ground chicken’s destiny. 

A handful of fresh basil leaves later along with the addition of breadcrumbs and some aromatics, and our pasta was topped with these delicious chicken meatballs.  

Full of flavor, lighter and much less fatty and greasy tasting than pork or beef, these chicken meatballs proved to be an ideal home for that great deal Scott picked up for our dinner table. I hope you try them soon!

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Chicken Meatballs

4.50 from 4 votes
A Platter Talk Exclusive
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup Italian-flavored breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, coarsely diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano (or 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped0


  • Using a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions and garlic to oil, stir and saute until onions are soft and translucent, about five minutes.
  • Remove from skillet and set aside (reserve skillet)
  • In large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, add sauteed onion and garlic.
  • Use hands to completely combine mixture.
  • Heat remaining olive oil over medium high heat, in skillet.
  • From meatballs into 1 1/2 inch balls and brown an
  • Reduce heat and finish cooking meatballs about 8 minutes, or allow to finish cooking in sauce.


Calories: 421kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 190mg, Sodium: 337mg, Potassium: 713mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 277IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 137mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
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  1. Hi!
    I’ve read all of your comments and your recipe. When I researched Olive Garden Chicken Meatballs, you popped up in a search with 5 stars. Please forgive me for reaching out in desperation, I’ve been dying to replica this restaurants recipe, simply because I Love them but I’m also noticing that ppl who right a recipe to replica does not have the exact Taste as OG. There’s something spicey about it. Is it the sauce? Is there an ingredient in the meatball they used t make? You’re the Pro, can you help? I’m going to try your version of the MB this week, but I’m going to use crushed red pepper to see if I can kick it up a notch 😉

    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for reaching out to us. These chicken meatballs are not modeled after the Olive Garden meatballs or any other recipe for that matter. That being said, I love your idea of adding a little heat to step these up a notch or two! Good luck with your recipe and please let us know how it turns out.