Easy and Delicious Oven Baked Chicken Spinach Meatballs with Spiced Tomatoes Sauce
Spaghetti with meatballs (or spaghetti and meatballs) is an Italian-American dish that usually consists of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs. This is my interpretation of this international cuisine, with Indian flavors. You can use all spice powder or madras curry powder or tandoori masala powder or those with Italian taste, use Italian seasoning. Just go with your instinct !!This recipe of Oven Baked Chicken Spinach Meatballs with Spiced Tomatoes Sauce are moist, flavorful meatballs made from minced or ground chicken and shredded spinach, flavored by Indian spices and fresh herbs.
For someone like me, who always thrives for simple dishes, but healthy and nutritious, I have made these chicken meatballs many times and they have been a hit at dinners and events every single time. To make these meatballs healthier, here are the ingredients I used:
Lean ground chicken or lamb – You can buy ground chicken or as I always do prepare at home. Just take 3 chicken thighs or breasts(skinned and boneless but leave a little white skin for fat) and grind it coarsely in a mixer or food processor.
Panko bread crumbs -These can also be easily made at home. Just take two slices of bread, toast it and then grind it coarsely in a mixer. I never use store-bought panko bread crumbs
Added 1 cup of chopped baby spinach for more nutrition. No need to remove the stem, just chop it finely.
Added fresh herbs and spices like mint, cilantro, ginger, garlic and green chilies
Added Indian curry powder like tandoori masala powder to enhance flavor. You can use all spice powder or madras curry powder or those with Italian taste, use Italian seasoning. Just go with your instinct !!
Added reduced fat grated parmesan cheese to make the filling more enriched.
Baked the meatballs in the oven rather than fry them. These are also egg free. I prefer to put my shaped meatballs in freezer for 8-10 minutes before baking them. This helps to develop more flavor and meatballs to hold its shape.