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Pesto Chicken Meatballs.

As you probably know by now, I am always on the hunt for new chicken recipes. We eat a lot of chicken in our house and the same recipes can get boring real quick.

I am such a meatball lover but my boyfriend on the other hand could live the rest of his life without eating one. I knew by making this recipe it was going to have to be good in order for him to physically eat a meatball. Thankfully, I was able to take the gamble and have it pay off!

meatball 2

I have made homemade pesto in the past and it was OK but it just doesn’t ever compare to the Kirkland Signature Imported Basil Pesto. If you don’t have a Costco card, it is worth getting one just for these 22oz jars of magic or just beg a friend to pick one up for you next time! We use it all the time and go through a few jars a year!

All you need in order to make this recipe is a baking sheet lined with a baking mat and a large mixing bowl. Combine all the ingredients together, form your meatball, spray them lightly with oil and bake them. After 20-25 minutes in the oven, they’ll be tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

meatball 1

These pesto chicken meatballs are the perfect addition to any pasta, rice of veggie dish. Even the non-meatball people of the world will love them!

Here is what you will need:

1lb ground chicken

1 shallot – minced

1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup fresh of store bough pesto

♥ 1 egg

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

meatball 3

Here is what you will need to do:

♥ Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and set aside. I am sure this would work with parchment paper if you don’t have a mat.

Ina medium bowl, combine the ground chicken, shallot, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pesto, egg, salt and pepper. Using a spatula or your hand, mix until fully combined.

Roll the mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches and place onto the prepared baking sheet and lightly spray with oil. I used vegetable oil but avocado oil would work also.

Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until they reach an internal temperate of 165F. Remove from the oven and oven and serve with your favorite pasta, rice or steamed vegetables.


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