Project Chicken Meatball

Happy Tuesday all!

In yesterday’s post, you may have noticed that I mentioned something about Project Chicken Meatball happening this week. Well, it happened. It happened yesterday, to be exact. 
You all know how I love me some meatballs. I’m Italian, it’s only natural. Now, I have had meatballs made with every kind of meat under the sun, turkey, beef, lamb, and even pork. Surprisingly enough, I had not yet experimented using chicken in a meatball. This is shocking, seeing as I love me some poultry. My first time trying a chicken meatball on Saturday night changed everything. Not only did I try it at the best restaurant that I could have possibly tried it at, but it was sooooo great, that it inspired me to get in the kitchen immediately and experiment. So, like I said…things went down yesterday. 
This isn’t your average meatball. It’s all poultry. And that’s fine by me. 
I wanted to create a savory and sweet combo with the meatball, something totally out of my comfort zone with meatballs. I am pretty biased to a savory meatball. Again, revert back to Saturday night. Life Changing! Anyway, I added some chopped spicy jalapeno for a kick of heat, honey crisp apple for sweetness, garlic (because what is a meatball without garlic?), fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley (because I needed something green), a dash of salt and pepper, and BAM! Project Chicken Meatball COMPLETE! 
And pretty darn tasty if I may say so myself.

Jalapeno Apple Chicken Meatballs:

1 1b. ground chicken
2 jalapenos, split in half, seeds discarded, and roughly chopped
1 small Honey Crisp Apple, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped 
1/2 c. Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Drizzle a baking dish with olive oil.
2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands until distributed evenly. 
3. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
4. Place meatballs in baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Serve.

Makes 22 small meatballs.

Note: I would suggest sprinkling these babies with a bit of freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. My fave.


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