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Chicken Florentine Meatballs

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.
  • Makes
    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

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble chicken over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition 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.
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  • Kamie
    Nov 7, 2019

    So good??. Some reviews said that the meatballs were bland and needed seasoning so I omitted the salt (and dried onions) and added an envelope of onion soup mix. Also I put the raw meatballs in my slow cooker covered byba jar of my favorite spaghetti sauce. Moist and flavorful. A keeper!

  • cindiak
    Jul 22, 2019

    Very delicious and simple to make. They freeze well. I do double the spices, and only cook the meatballs in the microwave for 10 minutes. Since ground chicken is very lean, I like to finish cooking the meatballs in the sauce.

  • Hal
    Mar 21, 2019

    These are an easy win. I've done some variations as well (cooking meatballs in slow cooker with sauce after pre-bake in oven, serving over zucchini noodles, etc...). A staple in my recipe box!

  • Shawn
    Feb 7, 2019

    Really tasty dish. I gave it 4 stars because the meatballs were a tad dry for our tastes. Next time I will shorten the baking time, and cook them longer in the sauce. Hubby said this one is a keeper! VFE

  • LPHJKitchen
    Oct 11, 2018

    One of our favorite recipes! We liked the chicken meatballs - it was a nice change from traditional beef. I thought the sauce mixture was great - simple yet tasty! Always looking for ways to spruce up some spaghetti squash!

  • Darlene Olson
    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!

  • IseNanao
    Mar 24, 2015

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

  • namayna
    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.

  • bakergirl00
    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!!

  • glassynina
    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.