Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce

 

These chicken meatballs are flavorful, tender, and easy to make. Pair them with your favorite side dishes or have a bowl all by itself. This recipe is definitely worth saving. 

I love one-pot meals. I will go out of my way to create recipes that will allow me to use only one pot. It just makes everything so much easier. I know it’s not possible for many recipes, but it certainly is for these chicken meatballs. 

Everything from the meatballs to the gravy is cooked together in ONE POT. Oh, you’re welcome. 

 

Tips on how to make these chicken meatballs:

Use ground chicken thighs. Whenever you make meatballs, whether they’re turkey, beef, or chicken, you want meat that has some fat. Chicken thighs have a good amount of fat so they’ll hold up together. Also, they tend to be more flavorful.

Add a tablespoon of boiled rice. The stickiness of the rice helps keep the meatballs from falling apart. 

Season your meatballs. You could totally add in your own favorite spices and herbs. I chose to add in store-bought seasoning. Specifically, Trader Joe’s “seasoning” blend. 

Fry your meatballs. I know some people like adding their formed meatballs directly into liquid and “boil” them. I prefer to shallow fry them first to get a beautiful golden-brown color all around. You can’t get that browning color if the meat just boils.

Use boiled water. When you add water to your pot, you want to use boiling water. Otherwise, the meatballs can fall apart.

This one-pot meal is absolutely delicious. But the best part? There’s not much cleaning up to do afterward. Enjoy!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, ground
  • 1 onion, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken seasoning (I use seasonings from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Tbsp rice

What do I need to make the sauce?

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, grated
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • water
  • salt and pepper

How to make Chicken Meatballs:

  • Boil 1 tablespoon of white rice.
  • In a bowl mix together ground onion, 1 pound of ground chicken thighs, boiled rice, 1 teaspoon of chicken seasoning (any seasoning you like will work, I use the one from Trader Joe’s “Seasonings”), salt, and pepper (about 1 teaspoon of each, more or less depending on your preferences).
  • On a heated pan, add one Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Shape meat mixture into balls and fry each side quickly, this is just to get that beautiful color around the meatballs then place them into a pot.

Sauce: 

  • In the same pan as meatballs, sauté grated onions, carrots
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, stir and turn off the heat.

  • Boil up some water in a kettle. It’s important the water is boiled and hot so the meatballs don’t fall apart.
  • Add water to the pot, just until it covers all the meatballs.

  • Add the onion and carrots that you have sautéed.
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • Turn heat on the lowest, cover with a lid and let it cook for 40 minutes.

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Equipment I Used

Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce

Chicken Meatballs

Seared chicken meatballs and then cooked in tomato sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 5
Calories 235 kcal

Equipment

  • grater
  • meat grinder
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • pot
  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken thighs ground
  • 1 onion grated
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • chicken seasoning to taste
  • 1 Tbsp rice cooked

For the sauce:

  • 1 onion diced
  • 1-2 carrots grated
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • water
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Meatballs:

  • Boil 1 tablespoon of white rice.
  • In a bowl mix together grind onion, 1 pound of ground chicken thighs, boiled rice, 1 teaspoon of chicken seasoning (any seasoning you like will work, I use the one from Trader Joe’s “Seasonings”), salt, and pepper (about 1 teaspoon of each, more or less depending on your preferences).
  • On a heated pan, add one Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Shape meat mix into balls and fry each side quickly, this is just to get that beautiful color around the meatballs.
    Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce
  • Put them into a pot.

Sauce:

  • In the same pan from meatballs, sauté grated onions, carrots
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, stir and turn off heat.
    Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce
  • Boil up some water in a kettle. It’s important the water is boiled and hot so the meatballs don’t fall apart.
  • Add water to the pot, just until it covers all the meatballs.
    Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce
  • Add the onion and carrots that you have sautéed.
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • Turn heat on the lowest, cover with a lid and let it cook for 40 minutes.
    Simple Chicken Meatballs with an Easy Tomato Sauce

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2159IU43%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword carrot, chicken, easy recipe, low calorie, low carb, meatballs, onion, rice, seasoning, side dish, tomato paste
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