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Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 1 hr. 20 min.
Chicken "meatballs" upgrade a spaghetti dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 14 oz can, tomato sauce
  • 1 14 oz can, diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 box spaghetti

Directions

  • Place ground chicken, egg, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl.
  • Knead mixture together with hands until evenly combined. Divide mixture in half; break apart and shape into 1-inch balls.
  • In large, non-stick skillet, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Place meatballs in pan, up to eight at a time, and cook until all sides are browned, approximately 5 minutes for each meatball. Remove meatballs from pan with slotted spoon; place on plate.
  • Reduce heat on stove to medium-low. Add onion; saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and simmer mixture for 10 minutes.
  • Gently add all meatballs to sauce, cover pan and simmer 20 minutes. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper into mixture.
  • While sauce is cooking, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Divide cooked spaghetti among six large, shallow bowls or plates. Top with meatballs and sauce and serve Parmesan cheese separately for topping.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 642
  Calories from Fat 188 (29%)
(32%)Total Fat 21g
(37%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(41%)Cholesterol 124mg
(40%)Sodium 954mg
(7%)Potassium 241mg
Total Carbohydrate 66g
(14%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(89%)Protein 45g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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