Chicken Meatballs {Recipe}

  In trying to become more frugal with food yet still eating healthy I've become quite crafty! It takes a bit of imagination to include all (or most) of the major food groups in family palate-pleasing dishes while living on the cheap, but it can be done.

  With that being said I'm trying to use up whatever we have in our cupboards before buying new to make sure we're not wasting food and money from spoilage. I've had two pounds of ground chicken sitting in the back of my freezer for a few months and, to be honest, I was quite intimidated. I know, sounds stupid. It's not a rack of lamb or anything, but I've never cooked with ground chicken before! Does it taste the same as beef? Have the same consistency? Can it be used in the same recipes? I'd heard about chicken meatballs, so I found a basic recipe and expanded on it. Let me tell you, I don't think we'll be going back to ground beef meatballs for some time! These are soooo good! Without further adieu, here's my adapted recipe:

Easy Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients:
1lb ground chicken
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or two cloves, minced)
Dash of dried onion flakes

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well with fork. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a flat cookie sheet with aluminum foil. With hands, form meat mixture into 1" balls and place on lined cookie sheet. Cook in oven until internal temperature reaches at least 170 degrees, about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy with your favorite noodles and sauce!

Uncooked chicken mush.
As round as they're going to get.
Jace enjoying his chicken meatballs with peas and noodles!

~Sam