Chicken Thigh Meatballs

Why I Love this Chicken Thigh Meatball Recipe

These chicken thigh meatballs are one of my quick and simple go-to family meals when I don’t have a lot of time to spend on dinner. They are filling, tasty, and satisfying. I also find when I eat these chicken thigh meatballs, I don’t go overboard, which sometimes is easy to do with traditional meatballs.
I come from an Italian heritage and meatballs are a staple in our house, but these chicken thigh meatballs give me a new way to serve a classic dish.
I always put this recipe on my Mindful Elimination Program meal plan, as a quick, easy and delicious dinner. Find out more about more program and how eating ant-inflammation diet has changed my life!

Why Chicken Thighs are Good for You

I used to think that chicken thighs or dark chicken meat were “bad” for me. I think somewhere along the road chicken breasts got all the glory and chicken thighs were labeled as something unhealthy.
I am here to tell you this is just completely untrue.
Chicken thigh meat whether used ground or whole as your source of protein is so delicious! It stays very juicy and tender which breasts tend to dry out and become tough. Plus, they are a cheap protein coming in on the low-end of price per pound compared to other
proteins.
I won’t share the chicken-thigh calories or fat grams here, because I don’t count those! I let that go a long time ago. Learn more about the way I lost 30lbs and eat without counting anything through my Mindful Elimination Program.
If you buy quality chicken thighs that are hormone-free and from responsible farms, then eating a palm-sized piece of chicken thigh is a healthy meal.

Tips I Have Learned From Cooking Chicken Thigh Meatballs Often

These chicken thigh meatballs are delicious and EASY. But the ground chicken thigh meat is a bit different to work with than your typical ground meat.
The chicken thigh meat is much gooier. So my suggestion is to use a cookie spoon if you have one or any spoon will do, but this will keep you from making a big mess. Plus, the chicken thighs will stick to your fingers and you will waste a good portion of your chicken thigh meat if you don’t use a spoon.

Chicken Thigh Meatballs Ingredients:

2 lb of ground chicken thigh 
2 large egg, beaten 
1/2 onion finely chopped
3 large cloves of garlic minced
4 Italian seasoning 
2 teaspoon of salt 
6 tablespoons of avocado oil

Compliant Ketchup for serving Amazon Link

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper 
  2. Mix chicken, egg, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. When the fat is hot, use a cookie spoon to make meatballs the size of golf balls, and carefully drop the meatballs into the oil.  
  5. It is going to be a gooey consistency! If your meatballs aren’t perfect- that is okay! 
  6. Pan cook for about 30 seconds per side and turning to prevent from burning. Turn consistently browning each side. This should take about five minutes. 
  7. Transfer the meatballs to the baking sheet. 
  8. Finishing cooking in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they reach 160 degrees. 
  9. Let them rest 3-5 minutes before serving. 
  10. Serving: I eat mine with sugar-free compliant ketchup (link ketchup here) and others love compliant mayo. I love this aioli mayo with garlic that is perfect for dipping, and this is soy and dairy-free! (link the mayo.)