Friday, March 2, 2012

Foodie Friday - Chicken Meatballs

My Greek Mother in-law loves to make meatballs. They consist of either lamb or beef and are usually oily beyond description. They are, hands down, a horribly unhealthy dish. So the other day I attempted to turn this delicious heart clogging recipe into a more healthy conscious meal. As I was cooking, my husband would put in his two-cents "That doesn't look like my moms." and "My mom never did that." After the first ten minutes he was banned from the kitchen. Thankfully, his pessimistic outlook on my cooking didn't ruin it. In the end I had Greek inspired chicken meatballs, which hubby said were "just as good as my moms... but don't tell her that." So here it is for your cooking pleasure - Healthy Greek Chicken Meatballs.

2 lbs of  ground chicken
2 slices of whole grain bread (crust removed)
1/3 cup of milk
2 eggs
extra virgin olive oil (just enough to coat the bottom of your pan)
garlic powder

1.) Pour milk into bowl with bread. Let the bread soak in the milk for 5 minutes. Make sure bread is completely saturated with milk. Then pull bread apart into little pieces and put into large mixing bowl.

2.) In the same large mixing bowl add chicken and eggs. Mix everything together until bread is no longer visible. Should look like this:

3.) Once mixed well, season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with a few pinches of garlic powder and a pinch of oregano, then mix again.

4.) Take small handfuls of meat and roll into balls. The meat can be really sticky and might feel like it will fall apart, don't worry the next step will ensure that they will stay together.

5.) Lightly coat the bottom of your frying pan with olive oil then turn on heat to medium. Once oil is heated place in meatballs. Only cook until the outside is nice and crispy.

6.) Remove meatballs from the pan and pat dry with paper towel to remove any remaining olive oil from the meatball.

7.) Place meatballs on a coated (with cooking spray) baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (depending on the thickness of your meatballs).

**if you don't want to fry them at all you can place them directly on a baking sheet. I like the outsides a little crispy, and a quick fry keeps them crispy while in the oven.

I hope you enjoy!

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