How to Make Chicken Spinach Meatballs
- Ground chicken
- Frozen Spinach
- Garlic and onion
- Parmesan cheese
- Salt and Pepper
All you do is combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. I like to make meatballs about golf-ball sized.
Line them up on a baking sheet and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes at 350°F.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Can I cook the meatballs on the stove?
Yes, you can cook them on the stove instead of baking them. Brown the meatballs in a pan with olive over medium heat until they are cooked through, about ten minutes. Or, you can brown them first and then add your sauce and simmer them in the sauce until they are cooked through.
Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen spinach?
Readers have tried using fresh spinach with success! One reader finely chopped the fresh spinach and just mixed it up with the ground chicken mixture.
If you want to cook the spinach first, you will need approximately 1 pound of fresh spinach so you end up with about 10 ounces cooked, which is the same amount that is in a box of frozen spinach. Just cook the fresh spinach in a large pot with some olive oil (a few teaspoons should be enough). As the spinach cooks it will release its moisture. Once it’s cooked down, let it cool and then add it to your chicken meatball mixture.
Can I make these chicken spinach meatballs ahead?
Yes, you can make a batch of these meatballs ahead and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Refridgerator: store the meatballs in an airtight container. They should keep well in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.
- Freezer: cool the meatballs completely and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They should keep well for three to four months in the freezer.
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Chicken & Spinach Meatballs
These chicken meatballs are easy to make and full of flavor!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed, drained and chopped*
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Form the mixture into golf ball sized balls (I made 18 meatballs) and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.
For the spinach: Be sure to thaw completely and then wrap it in a clean dish towel to wring out all the excess moisture before chopping.
- Serving Size: 3 meatballs
- Calories: 206
- Sugar: 1.3g
- Sodium: 461.2mg
- Fat: 10.6g
- Saturated Fat: 3.9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 7.3g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: 21.1g
- Cholesterol: 132.7mg
Keywords: chicken meatballs, chicken spinach meatballs, baked meatballs
Jacqueline DiNuoscio says
I love this twist on a classic dish! So much healthier and packed full of flavor!
These little meatballs really switch things up! Love the recipe. BTW spaghetti, pizza and Taco Tuesday are the favorite nights at our house too!
Can you use fresh spinsuch?
Hi Julia, I haven’t tried this with fresh spinach, but I think it will work. You will need approximately 1 pound of fresh spinach to get the same amount as frozen. I think for it to work best you would need to cook it down first in a pan with a little oil and then let it cool before making the meatballs. Not sure how it will work if you just add the spinach to the meatballs raw.
I love this recipe! Made it many times. I make a big batch of mixture & freeze portion sizes. I Make the meatballs on day I want them. I also have also only used fresh spinach. Chop it up a little bit to your liking.
So glad you like the recipe!
I notice one picture shows these in a tomato sauce. Is this a recipe or just a picture showing how they can be used? It looks delicious!!
Hi Deana, the recipe is just for the meatballs, but they are delicious with tomato sauce (I just used my favorite jarred sauce for that photo).
I made it and they came out awesome! Add Worcestershire sauce!
Definitely a keeper!
Thank you ☺️
That’s great! So glad you enjoyed them 🙂
I want to adapt this to a meatloaf (as a whole loaf or individual meatloaf ‘cupcakes’ how long would you suggest I cook this in an oven?
Hi Deborah, for a whole meatloaf I recommend baking at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour or until the internal temperature is 160ish degrees. Let it rest at least 10 minutes – the internal temperature will raise to 165 degrees while it rests. For smaller “cupcakes” you should only need to bake an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on how big you make them. I haven’t tried this, so just giving you my best recommendations 🙂
I just made these for meal prep, they came out delicious! Thank you for the recipe.
Yay! So glad you enjoyed them Christina — thank you for letting me know 🙂
April, I love the delicious look of these healthy meatballs. Spinach, chicken and cheese are great with spaghetti sauce. Nice work!
Byron Thomas says
These look so healthy and delicious, and that red sauce is so vibrant. YUM!
Brian Jones says
I have never made chicken meatballs and usually use a combination of pork and beef but these sound utterly delicious, the addition of spinach is inspired, love it!
I love beef meatballs, but these are a nice change – a little lighter and healthier 🙂
Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories says
I’m definitely trying these! They sound and look delish!
Tracy @ Served From Scratch says
I love these! What a great alternative to beef meatballs.
Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca) says
This recipe is perfect for my family as we don’t eat a lot of beef. Definitely pinning this recipe to add to our meal plan!
I hope you enjoy them, Chrissie!
Whitney @ That Square Plate says
These sound and look amazing! I’ve never made chicken meatballs, but the combo sounds spectacular! My boyfriend would love them too! Yum!!
Yummy! Spaghetti and meatball night! I love the change in the meatballs, I bet they were delicious!!
They’re a nice change from classic meatballs – a little bit healthier, but still tasty 🙂