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Chicken Meatballs

By Karenvanzant @KarenVanZant
I am not a big meat-eater, particularly red meat. But one thing I do love is making meatballs- so much fun! Plus, there are so many things you can do with meatballs besides throw them in spaghetti. Luckily for me, Eric (my boyfriend) loves chicken, so I tend to cook it more than red meat. I decided to take some ground chicken and make a chicken meatball, something I hadn't done before. I wasn't sure if they'd turn out as good as a beef or pork meatball, because to me chicken is kind of bland and you really have to work at it to give it flavor. I just used ingredients I had on hand around the apartment, and I think they turned out pretty good! I might play around with the recipe  next time and add other flavors, but this one is definitely in the "keeper" pile. I made these meatballs with a simple brown gravy on the side and some green beans, but these meatballs would also be awesome in a sandwhich, maybe with a really good cheese sauce- something I might try for next time!
What You'll Need:
1 LB ground chicken
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley (use fresh if you can, dried herbs just aren't the same when making meatballs!)
1 heaping tsp sweet paprika (you could also used smoked paprika, whichever you prefer. I like them both, I just happened to only have the sweet on hand)
1tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 egg
5-6 tbsp plain bread crumbs (start with 5, and if the mixture is still too wet, add a 6th)
1 tbsp olive oil
What to Do:
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl until completely combined, but don't over-mix. (Over-mixing will make the meat tough, and these don't have to look perfect!) Using your hands, roll the meat mixture into balls just slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball, you should get approximately 15 meatballs out of the mixture. Place the meatballs in the skillet, and don't touch! Let them cook, for about 4 minutes, then using tongs, flip them until each side has cooked for 3-4 minutes per side.
Chicken Meatballs

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