These chicken spinach meatballs are to die for. I make these for my kids' lunch boxes and everyone at their school wants them. They freeze great.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.

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  • Combine onion, jalapeno peppers, ginger, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.

  • Place onion mixture, chicken, spinach, Asiago cheese, feta cheese, salt, basil, and turmeric in a large bowl. Mix together gently. Form mixture into balls. Arrange balls about 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Most of the time I don't add feta cheese. I only add it if I already have it.

I have made these meatballs with turkey, but they taste so much better with ground chicken.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 652 mg sodium. 3.6 g carbohydrates; 32.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
SO...I bought 2 packages of ground chicken only to discover that one of them was turkey! But I got to do a side-by-side comparison of the two! For us: not a major difference. The chicken was "goopier" to work with - the ground turkey was easier to make into meatballs. (FYI: I drained the water from the spinach - didn't squeeze it out just poured it out). Flavor was almost identical and even the texture wasn't much different. As for the flavor - these were GREAT! The first bite was a little heavy on the spinach but after a few more they grew on me! All 4 teenagers in my house and my hubby liked them... although the one spinach-hater wasn't overly thrilled with all the green but ate them anyways and liked them. We had them plain (no sauce just rice and veggies) but these would be great in any way - sweet and sour or in a spaghetti sauce. Thanks for the great recipe Radhika - will make these again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/13/2019
Follwed the recipe and even added the optional feta and tumeric. They were bland and fell apart. Won't make them again. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
SO...I bought 2 packages of ground chicken only to discover that one of them was turkey! But I got to do a side-by-side comparison of the two! For us: not a major difference. The chicken was "goopier" to work with - the ground turkey was easier to make into meatballs. (FYI: I drained the water from the spinach - didn't squeeze it out just poured it out). Flavor was almost identical and even the texture wasn't much different. As for the flavor - these were GREAT! The first bite was a little heavy on the spinach but after a few more they grew on me! All 4 teenagers in my house and my hubby liked them... although the one spinach-hater wasn't overly thrilled with all the green but ate them anyways and liked them. We had them plain (no sauce just rice and veggies) but these would be great in any way - sweet and sour or in a spaghetti sauce. Thanks for the great recipe Radhika - will make these again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
SO...I bought 2 packages of ground chicken only to discover that one of them was turkey! But I got to do a side-by-side comparison of the two! For us: not a major difference. The chicken was "goopier" to work with - the ground turkey was easier to make into meatballs. (FYI: I drained the water from the spinach - didn't squeeze it out just poured it out). Flavor was almost identical and even the texture wasn't much different. As for the flavor - these were GREAT! The first bite was a little heavy on the spinach but after a few more they grew on me! All 4 teenagers in my house and my hubby liked them... although the one spinach-hater wasn't overly thrilled with all the green but ate them anyways and liked them. We had them plain (no sauce just rice and veggies) but these would be great in any way - sweet and sour or in a spaghetti sauce. Thanks for the great recipe Radhika - will make these again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2018
This is a different meatball than I have ever tried before. My husband was a big fan and thought they would be the perfect appetizer. I thought the flavor was good but the ginger was a little bit too strong for me. I also wasn't crazy about the texture of the meatball. Without having a binder in the recipe and using the lean ground chicken the texture was a little"spongey"for me but my husband liked them as is. We were a house divided in our opinions so I say give them a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2019
These are great for those looking for different ways to eat chicken. Flavor was great! I will definetly be making these again! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2019
I had to substitute turnip and mustard greens for the spinach because I m on no-oxalates but the lower score would not be fixed by using spinach. There are no problems with the recipe although I did add some baking time... about 5 minutes hoping they would brown up. They stay pale and the greens are very green so I would avoid serving to company unless you know they won t be thrown. I would suggest chopping the greens very fine or you get clumps of them in the meatballs. As far as the taste goes the ginger-jalapeno-basil-tumeric-asiago-feta combination is probably going to be a new one for people. The first meatball invoked blandness but for me it got better as I ate. There s a weird heat that happens in the back of your mouth after a few bites and it helps with the flavor of your future bites. I thought they were totally edible after 3 meatballs my friend disagreed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2019
These have been a real hit with everyone that has tried them. I ve made them several times. I prefer them without the optional feta cheese. They freeze well. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/13/2019
Follwed the recipe and even added the optional feta and tumeric. They were bland and fell apart. Won't make them again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2019
I will try it because it looks easy healthy and delicious!. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2018
Yummy dinner for me. I added the turmeric but had no feta so I left it out. The texture of these was different from usual meatballs. Not unpleasant at all. I think it was all the grated cheese in it.. I like it a lot Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2019
I was surprised by how tasty these were! Appearance seemed odd since most meatballs are not green and white but they were not at all bland. I did squeeze the excess water from my thawed spinach. I think the mixture would have been too wet if I hadn t. The feta cheese added to the flavor profile. Very different flavorful meatballs! Read More