Chicken meatballs and spaghetti is a great alternative to beef or pork. Now, I love beef and pork, but I wanted to give my family something different. This is a recipe for a family of five, plus a little extra for leftovers.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Sauce:

Meatballs:

Directions

  • Stir together the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and basil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes while preparing meatballs.

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  • Mix together the ground chicken, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Roll into 1 inch balls. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Add meatballs to the simmering pasta sauce and cook until internal temperature of meatballs reaches a minimum of 160 degrees F (72 degrees C), about 30 minutes.

  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

491 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 120 mg cholesterol; 876 mg sodium. 65.9 g carbohydrates; 42.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2009
First let me say this is a fab website for beginner cooks I'm new to this site and I've only taken a real interest in cooking for my family 3 years ago when I started staying home full time. Anyway back to the meatballs not only was it an easy recipe to follow but the meatballs were really good. You would think my 14 year old was NYC food critic with the way he comments about my food but he told my husband that he liked these so much he was speechless for once. Great recipe I'm becoming more confident with every meal I cook because if this website. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/22/2011
Didn't care for. It was easy but so is my homemade sauce. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2009
This produced a really fresh tasting sauce which I definitely appreciate! I added fresh garlic and mushrooms (sauteed in a bit of olive oil) to the sauce just because those are 2 things that are vital to spaghetti sauce in this house! The sauce was very simple but really tasty. The only thing I had a problem with were the meatballs... I think next time I will cut the seasoning in half as the italian seasoning was overwhelming; it kinda ruined the flavor of the meatballs for me. That being said the meatballs had the BEST texture and consistency. Thank you very much CookingDiva! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2009
First let me say this is a fab website for beginner cooks I'm new to this site and I've only taken a real interest in cooking for my family 3 years ago when I started staying home full time. Anyway back to the meatballs not only was it an easy recipe to follow but the meatballs were really good. You would think my 14 year old was NYC food critic with the way he comments about my food but he told my husband that he liked these so much he was speechless for once. Great recipe I'm becoming more confident with every meal I cook because if this website. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2010
This was really good! The sauce was very light and enjoyable. I used the ground chicken in the meatballs and they were fantastic! I did bake them on 350 for about 20 minutes per the suggestion of another reviewer. I prefer this to browning them in a skillet because it's easier. =) The chicken made such nice meatballs. They were very filling and much better than beef meatballs! The only change I have made (after making this several times it's such a hit!) was adding sauteed onion green pepper and garlic and putting more seasoning in the sauce. A! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2009
Absolutely fantastic! I am no a cook nor into cooking - just want to make healthy meals my family will eat. I only made the meatballs and used ground turkey rather than chicken simply because that's what I had on hand. I also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil rather than cooking spray in the skillet works just as well. It was so very easy. I will use this recipe from now on! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2011
Meatball portion of recipe was great. Sauce needs a lot of other ingredients including onions garlic peppers (any colour) oregano and I like mushrooms in my sauce too. I usually add a pinch of brown sugar too...removes the acid from the tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2009
I loved this recipe. My husband is Italian but gets really bad heartburn from red sauces so he was reluctant to eat this at first but it didn't give him any heartburn (I did add about 1/4 milk and 1 tbsp. sugar to lessen the acidity). Even my sister who hates pasta and Italian food is asking me on a regular basis to invite her oven again for this dish! The chicken meatballs are amazing...it's like chicken parmesan but in meatball form...so yummy! I prefer this over beef meatballs any day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2011
Yum!....Love using extra lean ground chicken instead of beef. A few mini changes....I only used 1 lb of ground chicken and I added 2 large cloves of garlic finely minced to the meatball mixture and added pecorino romano cheese and whole wheat Italian style bread crumbs in addition to the egg and seasonings. I also baked my meatballs instead of pan frying which saves fat and calories. Added some dry red wine to the sauce as well. Nice dinner...thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2011
I use ground turkey and up the italian seasonings garlic and parm cheese. A high quality parmesan is a must. I test fry a mini meatball before cooking and add seasoning accordingly before shaping the balls. I bake in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes easier than panfrying. The sauce recipe is great too although i tweak it. I saute some onions and garlic in basil olive oil before adding canned tomatoes ( i usually buy the garlic and oregano seasoned the more flavor the better!) and add more seasoning (I use a spicy italian herb grinder) and red pepper flakes (we like it spicy!). I let it simmer for a long time (an hour or so) to let the flavors meld. So good we make this about once a week and any leftovers are even better the next day! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2012
I'm torn with this recipe. The meatballs are excellent! I'm starting to cook more with ground chicken and I'm really liking it. Unfortunately the sauce brings this recipe down. Even with all of the basil it still tastes like plain tomato sauce from a can. By the time I finished doctoring it up it beared no resemblance to the recipe. Read More
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