These ham-stuffed chicken meatballs topped with a creamy Swiss cheese sauce are delicious served over zucchini noodles or mashed cauliflower, or simply on their own! A great way to use up leftover ham. I've used diced ham, however cubed ham work better as the meatballs keep their shape better. Grate your own cheese; it melts much better than the pre-shredded variety.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine chicken, almond flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and egg in a bowl. Form a small portion of chicken mixture into a 1 1/2-inch ball around a cube of ham and place onto a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken mixture and ham, making 20 meatballs total.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs for 3 minutes, turn, and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer meatballs onto a clean plate.

  • Return skillet to medium heat and melt butter. Whisk in chicken broth and Dijon mustard and bring to a simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and whisk until sauce begins to simmer. Whisk in Swiss cheese until completely melted. Return meatballs to skillet and simmer until sauce has slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with cracked black pepper and parsley. Serve immediately. Sauce will further thicken upon cooling.

Cook's Note:

You can buy pre-cubed ham in 8 ounce packages to save time.

Nutrition Facts

349.1 calories; 31.1 g protein; 3.9 g carbohydrates; 137.2 mg cholesterol; 837.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2019
Recipe creator here! If your meatballs are dry, you are likely overcooking them, or using too lean of ground chicken. As is the norm with keto, try using a fattier blend of ground chicken, which uses dark meat (85% lean), instead of using pure ground breast meat (98% lean). As for the cheese not melting properly, I would encourage you to use a finer shred size and to only add about 1/4 cup cheese at a time, whisk to incorporate, then add more until completely added. Also, using too high heat will cause your cheese to seize up and not melt properly, so heat gently and as evenly as possible while the cheese is melting. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/03/2020
When I read this recipe, I thought it would be wonderful. I followed the recipe exactly. After making it, my first bite reminded me of a cheap chicken sausage, you know- the kind which stays with you for the rest of the day. Everyone at the meal agreed. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2019
Recipe creator here! If your meatballs are dry, you are likely overcooking them, or using too lean of ground chicken. As is the norm with keto, try using a fattier blend of ground chicken, which uses dark meat (85% lean), instead of using pure ground breast meat (98% lean). As for the cheese not melting properly, I would encourage you to use a finer shred size and to only add about 1/4 cup cheese at a time, whisk to incorporate, then add more until completely added. Also, using too high heat will cause your cheese to seize up and not melt properly, so heat gently and as evenly as possible while the cheese is melting. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2019
Recipe creator here! If your meatballs are dry, you are likely overcooking them, or using too lean of ground chicken. As is the norm with keto, try using a fattier blend of ground chicken, which uses dark meat (85% lean), instead of using pure ground breast meat (98% lean). As for the cheese not melting properly, I would encourage you to use a finer shred size and to only add about 1/4 cup cheese at a time, whisk to incorporate, then add more until completely added. Also, using too high heat will cause your cheese to seize up and not melt properly, so heat gently and as evenly as possible while the cheese is melting. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2019
My family loved these! I didn’t have any ground chicken, so I had to use ground turkey, but I did everything else as written. I served them with cauliflower gnocchi. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2019
I made these with ground turkey and also with ground turkey. The meatballs made with ground were a better and much easier to work with! Both were good though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2020
Literally one of the best recipes for Keto Diet. Love the juicy texture of the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2019
This recipe had a great flavor and I will make it again however I have 2 semi-cons. In preparing to cook I first cut the ham as directed. When I started to put the chicken mixture and ham into meatballs the idea of biting into a chunk of ham in the center did not appeal to me. I cut the ham into 1/4" cubes or so--mixed it all together and cooked them. I found I needed much more than 1T of olive oil and almost double the suggested 3 minutes on "each" side. Balls do not have "sides". My second semi-con I prefer my sauce a little thicker. I wondered how the sauce would thicken with no thickening ingredient. It didn't. I much prefer to have the sauce cling to the meatballs. That all said the meatballs with the small ham cubes mixed in and accompanied by the sauce made an extremely tasty entree. I now know why there are mistakes in raters' reviews. This setup makes it impossible to go back and edit my review. Very annoying. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2019
Flavor was great..I used a higher fat content ground turkey..only issue I had was at the end with the cheese not melting to incorporate into the sauce...it ended up a stringy mess..I used block store brand cheese...to the creator...any suggestions? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2019
Delicious no additions necessary. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2019
This is a very tasty recipe as is but if you are not going completely keto I would recommend adding some breadcrumbs to make the meatballs easier to deal with. The meatballs were very hard to shape because of how wet the meat mixture was. Other than that it was delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2019
We really liked this dish. I made mine with ground turkey. I cooked the meatballs a little longer adding a small amount of the broth and covering to cook through. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/03/2020
When I read this recipe, I thought it would be wonderful. I followed the recipe exactly. After making it, my first bite reminded me of a cheap chicken sausage, you know- the kind which stays with you for the rest of the day. Everyone at the meal agreed. Read More