Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze

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These baked chicken meatballs make a quick, easy, and kid-friendly supper.

Chicken Meatballs

If you’re looking for an alternative to saucy, rich beef meatballs, these light and elegant chicken meatballs fit the bill.  I love them with mashed potatoes, puréed cauliflower, or buttered noodles for a quick and easy weeknight meal. They also make a delicious appetizer — just make them smaller and spear them with toothpicks.

What you’ll need to make chicken meatballs with tomato-balsamic glaze

ingredients

When purchasing ground chicken, stay away from extra-lean all breast meat; if the meat is too lean, the meatballs will come out dry and lacking in flavor.

Tomato paste can be purchased in a small can or tube. While I use canned here, the tubed variety is more practical because you can use just what you need and store it in the fridge until you need it again.  To preserve canned tomato paste longer, freeze it in tablespoon-sized portions (use an ice cube tray or put tablespoon-sized portions on a cookie sheet).  Once frozen, transfer these portions into a freezer-safe plastic bag for future use.

The recipe calls for pecorino Romano cheese, a hard Italian sheep milk cheese. It is similar to Parmigiano Reggiano, in that both cheeses have salty, umami-rich flavors, but pecorino Romano is saltier, tangier, and stronger in flavor.

How to make chicken meatballs with tomato-balsamic glaze

To begin, combine the egg, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

how to make chicken meatballs

Mix well with a wire whisk, making sure the tomato paste is completely dissolved.

whisking ingredients

Add the ground chicken, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

adding ground chicken

Use your hand to mix the ingredients together; it will be somewhat wet.

how to make chicken meatballs

Using wet hands, form medium-sized balls and place into an ungreased 9-x-13-in baking dish.

in baking dishNext, make the glaze by combining the tomato paste, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small bowl.

how to make chicken meatballs

Whisk to combine.

how to make chicken meatballs

Brush the glaze evenly over the meatballs.

how to make chicken meatballs

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 160°F. Remove from the oven and serve.

how to make chicken meatballs

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Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze

These baked chicken meatballs make a quick, easy, and kid-friendly supper.

Servings: Makes 12 meatballs (or 24 appetizer-sized meatballs)
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken (preferably Purdue, not extra lean all breast meat)
  • ½ cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs

For the Glaze

  • 1½ tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well with a wire whisk, making sure the tomato paste is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the ground chicken, grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Use your hand to mix the ingredients together; it will be somewhat wet. Form medium-sized balls and place into an ungreased 9-x-13-in baking dish.
  4. Make the glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Brush evenly over the meatballs. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 160°F. Remove from the oven and serve.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked meatballs can be frozen, with their glaze, for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve, thaw them in the fridge and then reheat them, tightly covered with foil, in a 300°F oven, until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 119
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 161 mg
  • Cholesterol: 54 mg

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Comments

  • I made these meatballs for the first time today and they were delicious. I had 7 people for dinner and everyone loved them. They were quick and easy to make. I followed the recipe and made 15 meatballs. This is another great Once Upon A Chef recipe.

    • — RKC on June 2, 2022
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  • This recipe is a keeper! I made these meatballs last night and they will now become part of my endless list of rotating recipes! So so tasty especially with the glaze. This was the first time making chicken meatballs (actually I used a combination of ground turkey and chicken meat) and I doubled the recipe which I am glad I did because my husband and I now have wonderful leftovers. Instead of using Italian herb flavoured bread crumbs I used regular breadcrumbs then added an excellent blend of dried Italian herbs I have in my pantry. I also added fresh chopped basil which someone in in this comment section recommended, excellent added flavour. I prepared the meatball mix several hours in advance which probably allowed all the flavours to blend longer.
    I look forward to making these for appetizers in the near future!
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

    • — Donna Sanderson on May 9, 2022
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  • Simple and sooo good!
    Thank you!

    • — Patricia on April 29, 2022
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