Creamy Pesto Chicken Meatballs

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Meatballs
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You can eat these creamy chicken meatballs a million different ways: on top of pasta, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice or even in a sandwich! It’s comfort food at its tastiest and you can whip it up in about 30 minutes.

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Ingredients list for the creamy chicken meatballs

The meatballs

  • 1 lb (450g) ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto (or any pesto you like)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

The sauce

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil pesto (or any pesto you like)
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) light sour-cream
  • 1 1/4 cup (300ml) chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch or corn flout mixed with one teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, parmesan, pesto, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. With clean hands, gently work the mixture together until it is well combined. Shape into approximately 12 balls and transfer to a plate.

2. Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken meatballs until golden and cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.

3. In the same skillet, saute minced garlic until fragrant, just a few seconds, and slowly add sour cream while whisking. Heat through on medium heat, keep stirring slowly. Add chicken stock, cornstarch, basil pesto, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep cooking on medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until smooth.

4. Put the chicken meatballs back into the skillet and heat through for a couple of minutes, coating with the creamy pesto sauce. Serve on pasta or zucchini noodles, topped with parmesan and basil, if you want. Enjoy! ♥︎

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  • TK

    2024-04-03 19:12:10

    This was delicious. Daughter raved from first to last bite. All agreed it’s a keeper.

  • Emmy

    2024-03-31 20:09:58

    What a delicious idea. I’m always looking for something new and these pesto meatballs were just that. Homegrown chicken and basil, perfect!

  • Carole

    2024-01-03 09:36:31

    This recipe is so good. Even our picky teenager enjoyed it! The meatballs were tender and delicious. The sauce was the perfect compliment to the meatballs. We will definitely have this recipe on repeat!

  • Faith

    2022-09-13 20:29:06

    I read the recipe and liked it. However in the preparation I saw that the sauce was lacking bulk. I added more homemade pesto,cream, garlic powder and salt. I Ed it all together and it was delicious!


    2022-05-28 22:39:25

    I've made this twice. Twice it's been so good and flavorful. Quick and easy to make. I am playing around on how to make the meatballs. We love soft meatballs, so I've added chicken broth both times until the meat is soft but not a slurry. The seasonings are spot on. Third time I make this, I may double the sauce. To lower carbs, I might skip the pasta next time and serve with a bit of good, crusty bread.

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