chicken ricotta meatballs

chicken ricotta meatballs
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Savor the irresistible blend of succulent ground chicken, creamy ricotta, and savory Parmesan in our Chicken Ricotta Meatballs. Crisped to perfection and paired with a luxurious creamy sauce kissed with bacon and spinach, this dish transforms classic meatballs into a gourmet delight

Elevate Your Dinner Chicken Ricotta Meatballs with Luxurious Creamy Sauce :

Chicken Ricotta Meatballs with Creamy Sauce offers a gourmet experience for food enthusiasts. Tender, flavorful chicken meatballs meld with creamy ricotta and herbs, while a luxurious sauce, enriched with crispy bacon and Parmesan, elevates the dish. Whether for a comforting meal or to impress guests, this recipe promises indulgence and satisfaction, making it a standout choice

chicken ricotta meatballs

Course: MainCuisine: Italian


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  • – 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs or regular breadcrumbs

  • – 1/2 cup milk

  • – 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • – 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • – 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • – 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped

  • – 1.5 pounds (700 grams) ground chicken or turkey

  • – 6 ounces whole milk ricotta (about 3/4 cup)

  • – 1 large egg

  • – 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • – 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • – Salt, to taste

  • Creamy Sauce:

  • – 6 bacon strips

  • – 4 tablespoons butter

  • – 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • – 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (35% fat)

  • – 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • – 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • – 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • – 5 ounces (150 grams) baby spinach

  • – 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (235°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and milk. Allow to soak for 2 minutes.
  • Using a food processor, finely chop the onion, garlic, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, soaked breadcrumbs, egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and salt until just combined.
  • Shape the mixture into 18-20 meatballs (about 2.5 inches in diameter) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are crispy on the outside and cooked through.
  • In a large skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat, fry the bacon until crispy. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same pan, melt butter and cook garlic until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Pour in the cream and bring to a gentle simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 10. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese until melted, then add the baby spinach and cook until wilted (about 1-2 minutes).
  • 11. Add the baked meatballs to the sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • 12. Chop the bacon and sprinkle it over the sauce.
  • 13. Serve immediately with pasta of your choice, garnished with fresh parsley


    To make Chicken Ricotta Meatballs with Creamy Sauce, you’ll need the following equipment:

    To make Chicken Ricotta Meatballs with Creamy Sauce, you’ll need the following equipment:

    1. Mixing bowls: For combining ingredients like breadcrumbs, milk, ground chicken, ricotta cheese, and herbs.
    2. Baking sheet: To bake the meatballs until golden brown and cooked through.
    3. Parchment paper: To line the baking sheet and prevent the meatballs from sticking.
    4. Food processor or knife: For chopping onions, garlic, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes finely.
    5. Large skillet or nonstick pan: For frying bacon and preparing the creamy sauce.
    6. Whisk or spatula: For stirring and combining ingredients in the creamy sauce.
    7. Cooking spray or oil: To grease the baking sheet and prevent sticking.
    8. Cooking thermometer: To ensure the meatballs reach the recommended internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
    9. Serving dishes: For serving the meatballs and creamy sauce, alongside pasta, rice, or bread.
    10. Optional: Cookie scoop or tablespoon for shaping the meatballs into uniform portions.

    Q & A :

    Q: How do you ensure the chicken meatballs stay moist and tender?

    A: Gradually adding breadcrumbs to the meatball mixture helps to bind the ingredients together without making them overly dense, ensuring a moist and tender texture.

    Q: Can I make the meatballs in advance?

    A: Yes, you can prepare the meatball mixture and shape them in advance. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake for convenience.

    Q: Can I use ground turkey instead of chicken?

    A: Yes, ground turkey can be used as a substitute for ground chicken in this recipe with equally delicious results.

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