Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

It’s a miracle, my two-year-old likes meatballs!

Every single time I take her to the doctor for a wellness visit I am drilled about her diet, and asked if she is getting enough meat. Admittedly, her consumption is spotty at best so I am thrilled that she’s taken a liking to a variety of healthy meatballs. I previously created a recipe for Kale Turkey MeatballsΒ with her in mind and my latest rendition is for Broccoli Chicken Meatballs.

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

As a vegetarian, I honestly don’t stress a lot about her meat intake, but I do want her to have a well balanced diet and if she choses to be a vegetarian later in life than by all means.Β This recipe in particular is very simple to make and was created for the toddler/family palate {a.k.a. not a tremendous amount of exotic flavors for my picky eater}. Also, I love when I can seamlessly combine veggies and protein – one less dish to clean!

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs – Ingredients List:

1 lb. ground chicken
1 egg
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese {I prefer Parmigiano-Reggiano}
1 cup shredded broccoli
pinch of salt & pepper
1-2 cups of tomato sauce {optional}

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

When preparing the broccoli for this recipe, I first steamed it {1/4-1/2 head of broccoli} then let it dry, and finally shredded it in a blender {or food processor} in several batches. The goal of “blending” the broccoli is to break it down so it spreads evenly throughout the meatballs – the texture will be course, but no large chunks of broccoli should remain.

The complete cooking instructions and ingredients are listed below. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine has!

Anna

 

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
18 meatballs 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 meatballs 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Broccoli Chicken Meatballs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
18 meatballs 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 meatballs 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: meatballs
Instructions
  1. Clean, steam, and shred broccoli with a high-powered blender or food processor.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Combine ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, broccoli and a pinch of salt and pepper with your hands to form approximately 18 medium-sized meatballs.
  4. Cover the meatballs and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and cook uncovered for an additional 5-10 minutes or until completely cooked.
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10 Responses to Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

  1. Kate @ FramedCooks March 23, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    My college age girl is STILL a picky eater…but I bet she would go for these! I definitely will. πŸ™‚ Pinning!

    • Anna Julien April 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you, Kate!

  2. Lily Lau March 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Broccoli is so little considered in cook… thanks for sharing this recipe, seems so delicious πŸ™‚

    • Anna Julien April 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you, Lily!

  3. Shalama March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Looks good. I make turkey spinach meatballs all the time. Will think about this option too.

    • Anna Julien April 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you, Shalama – spinach sounds good as well!

  4. Sarah @ makegrowdo March 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    I’ve never thought of adding broccoli to meatballs before, I generally just make the old fashioned Italian beef meatballs. These sound delicious and I can’t wait to try!

    • Anna Julien April 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah!

  5. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    I love this idea! We often use bok choy in our meatballs to get some veggies in, so why not broccoli! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Anna Julien April 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you, Pamela! Bok choy sounds delicious as well!

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