Jul 8, 2016

How to Make Soft Chicken Meatballs

Best Soft Chicken MeatballsNot all chicken meatballs are soft but these are. The secret is to cook them right in the sauce. Ground chicken breast is very lean and healthy but since it contains so little fat, it’s easy for chicken meatballs to become dry. But when they’re cooked in the sauce, they are beautifully soft and even more flavorful from absorbing the sauce.

Using fresh bread crumbs also helps with their beautifully soft texture. Fresh crumbs are made by using fresh bread, in this case whole wheat bread, and running it through a food processor. Since I always bake my own simple whole wheat bread, that’s what I use for the crumbs so it’s important to use a soft whole wheat bread for these fresh crumbs. Click here for my recipe and video on making bread crumbs.

You can put this meal, with sauce, together in about 1/2 an hour if you use my Quick & Easy Spaghetti Sauce. In fact, you can follow my Quick & Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe and just swap the beef meatballs with my chicken recipe. Both of these sauce recipes are exactly the same. If you don’t want to use sauce and would prefer to pan-fry or oven-bake these chicken meatballs, you can do that. They won’t be quite as soft, and not as pretty, but they still taste really good.

I experimented with both pan-frying and oven-baking and here’s how you would do that. To pan-fry, heat a little olive oil in a large pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes, gently turning to brown all sides. They won’t be meatballs any more… more more like meat triangles. To oven-bake, place the meatballs on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400° F oven for about 20 minutes. The meatballs are done when the inside reaches 165° F. As I said, they won’t be as pretty as the sauce version and here is the proof:

Chicken Meatballs Pan Fry or Oven BakePan-fried                                              Oven-baked

I told you they weren’t pretty!! Of the two options, the pan-fried meatballs tasted better, probably because they were browned. So now you have options, but I highly recommend cooking these chicken breast meatballs in sauce for the best result. – Jenny Jones

Click here for the recipe.

7 Comments on "How to Make Soft Chicken Meatballs"

  1. Sally

    I want to print a bread recipe and it comes up blank. I tried others also came up blank. Is it my computer?

    • Jenny

      Please look under the FAQs.

      • IBMIZMO

        Don’t push ‘Print’ just right click, highlight recipe, then push print. worked fine for me. I too kept coming up with a blank page before I started doing this.

  2. Aubree

    Hi Jenny!
    Quick question! Where did you get your adorable stand mixer kitchen timer?! I saw you use it in your YouTube videos and I’ve fallen for it!
    Thank you!

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry I don’t remember. I might have been Sur La Table.

  3. Dee

    Hope you make more videos soon as I find them so enjoyable and helpful as you are a delight to watch. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  4. Annette Baron

    Hi Jenny , It was very nice to receive a very nice recipe from you again.
    I will make this very soon. Oh yes is was my first time I printed it out thanks
    for this making it very easy for us just a click what more can you ask for.
    Keep up the wonderful recipes coming. Take Care Annette

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