Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce


1 pound lean ground chicken (I like Organic Smart Chicken)

1 egg

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (1/2 cup or 16 grams if using a *Microplane/zester)

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

A few splashes of Worcestershire sauce (optional)

A splash of milk

For the sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup water, if needed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

freshly chopped basil


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper. bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, mix up all the ingredients for the meatballs and form into any sized balls. Place the meatballs into the tomato sauce and cook at a gentle boil for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatballs registers 165.

I make 14 meatballs out of this recipe. Calories are approximately 52 calories each.


Serve with whole wheat linguine. My favorite brand is Delverde.Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 12.19.48 PM

*I buy blocks of Parmesan or Pecorino Romana from Trader Joe’s and use a Microplane/zester to grate as needed. Hard cheeses such as these last a very long time in the fridge- much longer than pre-grated cheeses. They taste better as well. To store them, wrap them in parchment paper and then in tin foil. It should last at least a month.