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Chicken Kale Meatballs with Marinara

By January 28, 2017September 12th, 2022No Comments

Okay friends, do I have a recipe for you! I can hardly wait to share this super healthy, crazy-good recipe with you. I can’t stop thinking about this dish since I made it for my family. It’s one of those recipes that you crave as soon as your bowl is empty. I was legitimately sad to be done eating dinner. Not only is the homemade marinara sauce exactly made the way a spaghetti sauce should be, but these meatballs are out-of-this-world delicious. They are tender, seasoned to perfection and are much healthier than a traditional beef meatball. And guess what, you wont miss the fat AT ALL! In fact, I dare say these are the best meatballs I have ever had in my entire life. I love that they have kale in them as well. A great way to sneak in some veggies in a way your kids won’t even know 😉

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Serve this dish with some whole grain pasta or serve carb-free with some sautéed zucchini. 

These meatballs were so good my kids and I were eating them like they were candy, right out of the bowl. Yum!

chicken kale meatballs

Chicken Kale Meatballs with Marinara

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Author: Deals to Meals


  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbs. parsley chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. salt to taste
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1-1 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 red onion diced small
  • 1 cup kale leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 lbs. ground chicken or you could use ground turkey


  • Start the marinara first so it can simmer while you make the meatballs. Dice the onions into small pieces and place in a large pot. Add the olive oil to the pan with the onions. Turn the heat to medium high heat and saute until the onions are tender. While the onions are cooking, add the pepper, oregano, garlic, chopped parsley, salt, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Continue to saute until the seasonings are fragrant. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes and chicken broth and let the sauce simmer until it begins to thicken and the meatballs are cooked.
  • For the meatballs, chop the onions, dice the garlic, chop the kale, and cut the parsley. Add these items into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining meatball ingredients and combine together until everything is incorporated. Place a cookie sheet on the counter and drizzle with a little olive oil. Spread the olive oil over the bottom of the cookie sheet.
  • With a scoop or spoon, place a golf ball sized meatball on the cookie sheet. Continue to do this until all of the meat mixture has been formed into balls. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the meatballs for 18-22 minutes, or until the meatballs are nice and browned on the bottom and cooked most of the way through (they will continue to simmer in the sauce so they can keep cooking).
  • If you wish to serve the meatballs over noodles, cook the spaghetti until al dente and then drain and get ready to serve. Remove the meatballs from the oven. If you wish to serve the meatballs together with the sauce, pour a generous portion of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a pan. Place the meatballs into the sauce. Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Put the pan in the oven to broil (if your pan can be baked) until the cheese is melted. Serve the meatballs and sauce over noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley.


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