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Healthy Chicken Meatballs

These healthy chicken meatballs make a great weeknight meal. They are baked, gluten-free (no breadcrumbs), clean eating, and paleo!

Categories Clean, Easy Weeknight Dinner, gluten free, Healthy, Paleo
Difficulty Easy
Keyword chicken meatballs, healthy chicken meatballs, paleo chicken meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 390 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


For the Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg

For The Sautéed Zucchini:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. To make the meatballs, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and grease the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil, then set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, almond meal, chopped Italian parsley, grated parmesan, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and egg and mix very well.

  3. Using your hands, form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs into the baking dish, separating them a little bit so they can evenly bake.

  5. Put into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until almost cooked through, and then turn the oven to broil for 3-5 minutes to create a crispy, golden-brown top.
  6. To make the zucchini, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.

  7. Add thinly sliced red onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until it starts to sweat.
  8. Add the sliced zucchini, sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir to combine.
  9. Cover and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until zucchini is just tender, but not falling apart.

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Recipe Notes

Something to consider if you don't like your sautéed zucchini super mushy and more like zucchini stew than zucchini slices: Don't cook the zucchini all the way through.  You should be taking the zucchini off the heat once they are about one minute past being tender.  You'll want to cook at a higher heat to get them cooked quicker so as not to get all mushy.  Plus, slice all the zucchini as evenly as possible so they all cook evenly.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 232
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.8g40%
Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Cholesterol 128.7mg43%
Sodium 709.5mg30%
Carbohydrates 5.6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 33.8g68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.