Inspired by Italian flavors, these Chicken meatballs in oven with quinoa and tomato sauce are everything you imagined to eat at lunch. They are hearty and healthy and will make you enjoy your lunch with relish.
The twisted story of chicken meatballs in oven
Meatballs are ubiquitous. You can find them in every culture, from East to West, and from one continent to another.
Every family has its unique recipe. Some say they have it from their mother’s grandmother’s old cookbook. Some have it as a result of their own experiments.
In Romania for example, meatballs are deep-fried in oil. They are tasty. And traditionally, you may serve them with potato puree. Though, in my opinion, it takes a lot of time to cook them, not to mention that they’re also less healthy because of the amount of oil.
So, out of the desire to spare time, and to cook healthier meatballs, I added my own twist and came up with an alternative: oven-cooked chicken meatballs. It’s so easy to make them. The oven does all the job.
What ingredients do you need for Chicken meatballs with quinoa?
I’ve cooked this recipe a thousand times and it tastes different each time, mostly due to different ingredients.
This time, I’ve decided to stick with cumin and the savoury scent of the basil combined with the sour-sweet taste of tomato sauce.
For this recipe you need minced chicken breast, eggs, ground flaxseed, parmesan, garlic, ground cumin, quinoa and a few basil fresh leaves.
Need an alternative for ground flaxseed? We got you! Our advice is to use bread crumbs or normal flour instead. Mind that in this case it won’t be gluten-free anymore.
Beware, there is a chance to eat all the meatballs as a snack before the side dish is ready!
More recipes ideas with chicken
- Chicken thighs
- Cauliflower salad with chicken
- Roasted Chicken Thighs and Carrots
- Chicken and Broccoli in Savoury Soy Sauce
- Zesty Chickpea Chicken Stew
Additionally, they are crucial in maintaining a healthy weight. Serve them with tomato sauce and quinoa as a side dish. Thus transforming them into a proper, healthy lunch.
- Minced Chicken breast – 600 g
- Ground Flaxseed – 30 g
- Eggs – 2
- Parmesan – 20 g
- Garlic – 2 cloves (minced)
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Black Pepper – ½ tsp
- Ground Cumin – 1 tsp
- Quinoa – 160 g
- Tomato sauce or Passata – 300 g
- Basil – 4 fresh leaves / dried – 1 tsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
1. Italian Chicken meatballs
- Preheat the oven at 200°C and cover a flat oven tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the minced meat with eggs, salt, pepper, cumin, crushed garlic, parmesan, and ground flaxseed. Use a tablespoon or your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
How to make the chicken meatballs?
- Fill a bowl with warm water and dribble a few drops of oil. Dip your clean hands in water before making the meatballs. The meat will not stick to your fingers.
- Take a teaspoonful of meat in your hands and gently roll between your hands until you form a meatball. Carefully place on the baking sheet. Repeat this until you run out of the composition.
- Place the tray in the middle of the oven and let them cook for around 25 minutes. Then turn them on the other side and bake for 10 minutes more.
- Place quinoa in a bowl and rinse until the water is clear, around 3-4 washes. Don’t skip this step. Otherwise, quinoa will have a bitter taste when cooked.
- Place the saucepan with quinoa and clear water over high heat. Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. When quinoa is cooked and fluffy, drain it with the help of a fine mesh colander.
3. Tomato sauce with Basil
- Add tomato sauce in a small saucepan together with water, salt, pepper, and basil.
- Place it over medium heat, simmer and let it absorb the basil aroma.
- Reduce the heat to low stirring frequently around 5-7 minutes, until it thickens.
- Note that you can use bread crumbs or normal flour instead of ground flaxseed. It depends entirely on your diet. Nevertheless, keep in mind that flaxseed has to offer a lot of vitamins, healthy fats, and fiber.
Nutrition per Serving
*Important: All the nutrition values are based on McCance and Widdowson’s ‘composition of foods on the nutrient content of the UK food supply, thus may differ from your products.
The nutrition label is purely informative. I’m a not certified nutritionist.
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