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Greek Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

Greek Chicken Meatballs – a simple and delicious dinner that is packed with flavor! The creamy Tzatziki Sauce (which is Paleo/Whole30) just brings this whole dish to the next level!


Ingredients

Scale

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup Primal Kitchen Mayo*
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint

Salad

  • 15 cherry tomates, halved
  • 2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette

Greek Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, packed and chopped
  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette (note: reserve for after meatballs are cooked)

Instructions

Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Combine: Combine ingredients in small food processor.
  2. Pulse: Pulse to combine until smooth.
  3. Taste: Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
  4. Refrigerate: Place in the refrigerator.

Salad

  1. Combine: Combine ingredients in medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix: Add salt and Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette.
  3. Set Aside: Stir to combine and set aside.

Greek Chicken Meatballs

  1. Mix: Combine ground chicken, egg, almond flour, salt, oregano, basil, dill, onion powder, garlic, pepper and mint in a medium mixing bowl. Stir to fully combine.
  2. Scoop: Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop out approx. 1 1/2 tablespoons of meatball mixture, forming a ball, and place on a large plate.  Continue until all of the meatball mixture is used. (See Notes)
  3. Skillet: Take large/medium cast iron skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and use a spatula to spread evenly to coat the pan.  Add chicken meatballs and sear on all sides, about 3 minutes.
  4. Continue Cooking: Turn down heat and continue cooking, about 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked (165 internal temperature – I recommend using a meat thermometer).
  5. Bowl: Place cooked chicken meatballs into a medium/large bowl and pour the Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette on top. Toss to coat.

Serving:

  1. Place salad and meatballs and plate.
  2. Drizzle meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Homemade Greek Vinaigrette: if you prefer making your own here is my Homemade Greek Vinaigrette Dressing recipe!
  • How Many Meatballs Does it Make: this recipe makes approximately 24 meatballs
  • Ground Chicken: Ground chicken can be very sticky so it helps to have a little bowl of oil next to you when you are making the chicken meatballs. Get a little oil on your fingers and then rub on the inside of the cookie dough scoop before scooping up the meatball mixture.  The place directly onto the plate and just reform as necessary.
  • Meal Prep: these meatballs would be perfect for meal prep!
  • Vegan Mayo: I am recommending the Primal Kitchen vegan mayo simply because I love the flavor of it (not necessarily because it is vegan), which is nice and clean and light. Feel free to use the mayo of your choosing, but if you are Paleo/Whole30 just check your labels first!
  • Can I Bake the Meatballs: YES! Just bake the meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 375 for about 18-22 minutes (or until internal temp is 165). Then toss them in the sauce.  I personally prefer the stove-top version, but if you are more of an oven-baked chicken meatball person I totally get it!
  • Almond Flour Substitutes: If you are wanting these Whole30/Paleo but can’t do the almond flour I would suggest a cassava flour or something similar.  If you aren’t concerned with Whole30/Paleo you can simply use breadcrumbs in place of the almond flour!

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