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Chicken Florentine Meatballs Recipe

Chicken Florentine Meatballs Recipe

Served over squash and a chunky, mushroom-tomato sauce, these tender meatballs are tops when it comes to great flavor. — Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble chicken over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 2. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Meanwhile, cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 15-18 minutes or until tender.
  • 3. For sauce, in a large nonstick skillet, saute mushrooms in oil until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add meatballs and heat through.
  • 4. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. Serve with meatballs and sauce.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled meatballs and squash in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 303 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Chicken Florentine Meatballs

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Darlene Olson User ID: 3409759 243526
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"We loved this recipe! It will be a favorite from now on and I have already shared the recipe with several friends. The only thing I added to the sauce was a zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut in 1/2" slices since my hubby doesn't care for mushrooms. I reduced the amount of mushrooms and used whole button mushrooms so he could pick them out - and give them to me! Also, to keep the meatballs from sticking to the baking rack, I would suggest spraying the baking rack before baking the meatballs. Loved the spaghetti squash instead of pasta!"

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IseNanao User ID: 2548282 223485
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"Very very dry and almost tasteless- add a lot more spices"

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namayna User ID: 3439187 176628
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"These were really good, not dry, just perfect. I actually broke up a couple of hot italian sausages in with the ground chicken because we like spice! I will make these again."

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bakergirl00 User ID: 1291183 107976
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Have made these for years, ever since the recipe was first published. Just had them again the other night. I freeze leftovers and they are just as great the next time. I make them exactly as recipe says but I add a small piece of fresh mozzarella in the middle when forming into meatballs. It puts them over the top!!"

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glassynina User ID: 1919792 146795
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"I have made this recipe several times, and every time it's a winner. I even used it as one of the dishes for a catered wedding reception. I had a hard time finding ground chicken, so used turkey instead. I also doubled the recipe and put the meatballs with sauce in the crock pot and let them cook all day. I plan to do it again tomorrow for Christmas dinner for my mom and me. Thanks. This is a terrific recipe."

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Dianaore User ID: 1737743 171748
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"I would make this again with a few adjustments. Like the other reviews I would like more sing to it so I need more spices. The meatballs were pretty sticky rolling into the balls but very moist when eaten. The sauces was quick and easy with normal pantry ingredients, just need a bit more spices. The spaghetti squash was new to us and with one medium it wasn't quite enough for our family of 4. Defiantly not a single portion size int he photo! With the cost of the squash and the amount we each had we skip the squash and keep he rest of the recipe for the future."

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cheryllynnjacob User ID: 2884585 110842
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Absolutely delicious. I've made this several times and continue to get raves. I've even made this dish for church friends recovering from sickness or surgery. We love it!"

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Ted E Bear 128 User ID: 1666106 211671
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"DELICOUS!!!! Would recommend adding salt and pepper and doubling the basil/oregano in the recipe to add more body to the sauce. LOVE the meatballs!!! :D"

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mousefullhouse User ID: 6102808 188295
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Nummmm...definitely delicious! Loved the meatballs, went out on a limb and tried the squash as well. Told my brother it was spaghetti because he knew we had bought spaghetti squash and he was adamant that he was not gonna eat it. He ate it and loved it even when we told him it was spaghetti squash and not spaghetti. :) Eating it again tonight. Thanx for a GREAT recipe!"

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angies45 User ID: 1507479 189007
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"My husband and I love this so much, I never make ground beef meatballs anymore."

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crash9875 User ID: 1023237 211670
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"Make a double batch of the meatballs! My kids even love them."

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jkl337 User ID: 1475537 187116
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"I love spaghetti squash but my husband doesn't care for it. He actually liked it with this tasty sauce and meatballs. And I loved how tasty it was while still being a healthy alternative to the traditional meatballs and spaghetti."

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Suc User ID: 5485422 188292
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Very Tasty recipe. Made it for friends and everyone enjoyed it."

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simplylo User ID: 565622 172087
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"The meatballs are the bomb! I mixed it all up in my food processor and added some oregano and basil. Since we are not fans of spaghetti squash, we put them on french bread loaves, topped with my homemade sauce and provolone. Will try the recipe's sauce when we are in the mood for pasta. Seriously good meatballs! Thanks!"

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Elise Major User ID: 3257800 128972
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"I am not a fan of ground chicken/turkey, but in an effort to be more healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It is fabulous. Our entire family loved it and I was disappointed not to have any left for the next day. Definitely a keeper!"

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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 190716
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"I liked the meatballs in the sauce but not the squash. Will be using whole wheat pasta as a substitution."

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kimbralea User ID: 1742237 211669
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I thought this was a great substitute for the traditional spagetti and meatballs and will definately make again"

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Laura.Farnell User ID: 3364390 118186
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"The meatballs were yummy and healthy. I think I will also add some more herbs for flavor next time. I just used a canned sauce to save time. We weren't a fan of the spaghetti squash and will probably use pasta next time. Loved the meatballs, though!"

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ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 105100
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"This dish was a huge hit in my house-my husband called the dish "company worthy." The spaghetti squash gives the dish a pleasant sweet little crunch. I used ground beef instead of chicken in the meatballs and I made "Basil, Feta, & Roasted Pepper Muffins" from TOH recipes as a side item."

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keverwann User ID: 1807985 128971
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"This was so not worth the cost of the ingredients. I will stick to beef meatballs, thank you."

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katie9194 User ID: 4500805 110841
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Should have been more specific - I made the meatballs and they were a HUGE hit - served with marinar over chicken ravioli - Great meatball recipe!!!!"

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katie9194 User ID: 4500805 146794
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Wonderful recipe - very flavorful - whole family enjoyed."

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Lindsay22 User ID: 1858524 128970
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I made this recipe with linguine instead of spaghetti squash and ground turkey instead of chicken. My Italian husband claimed they were the best meatballs I've ever made, and he's already begging for me to make them again."

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Alaina1243 User ID: 415031 211668
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I would definitely make this again with only a few changes--thought the meatballs themselves could use just a bit more seasoning. I think next time I'll try adding some Italian seasoning. The sauce was good but I added a bit more garlic, splash of wine, and a little salt to it to suit our tastes. The spaghetti squash was a first for us and was so easy and delicious! What a creative recipe....gave me lots of ideas!"

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Wobbiechic User ID: 4198563 110840
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"These were so easy and so good. I'm not a chicken lover but I ate three of these and craved more. It is a nice twist and a great combination with the squash. I highly recommend these."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.