Healthy Kids Chicken Rice Meatballs Recipe
In a bowl, combine the chicken, uncooked rice, egg, 1 tablespoon of the yogurt, dill, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper. With wet hands, roll the chicken mixture into 1-inch balls.
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the flour and mix to coat the vegetables; cook for 1 minute. Slowly add chicken broth and stir until smooth and thickened. Add tomato paste mixture, remaining 2 tablespoons yogurt, cumin, nutmeg, paprika, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste and cook until gravy is thickened and smooth. Add the meatballs. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
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About This Healthy Recipe
For a lighter take on a classic meatball recipe, try these heart healthy meatballs. Made with a mixture of low-fat ground chicken and rice and accented by an interesting flavor combination of dill, cumin, paprika, garlic, nutmeg, parsley and pepper, these are not your average meatballs. Instead they’re a healthy meatball recipe that is light and flavorful. The meatballs taste delicious on their own, but it’s the savory sauce that really makes this dish, keeping the meatballs moist and adding a whole new dimension to the recipe. If you want to make these meatballs gluten-free, omit the flour and thicken the sauce with a bit of cornstarch. You can serve this chicken meatball recipe on its own but it also goes great over brown rice or another whole grain. And don’t be surprised if your kids keep asking you to make these delicious meatballs again and again, because they’re a kid-friendly favorite!