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  • Writer's pictureAmy

Lemon Chicken Meatballs with Arugula

Today I have a yummy dinner recipe for you, one that gets rave reviews when I make it. The meatballs take a little bit of time, but it's worth it. This is based on the Chicken Picatta meatballs recipe that Giada DeLaurentis shares, but I modified it to make it healthier. This is a great healthy dinner with the protein from the meatballs and the nutrients in the greens. I top with a small amount of parmesan or romano cheese, which makes it even tastier if you can tolerate dairy.



1 lb ground chicken (natural, organic if possible)

1/3 c almond flour

2 T milk or almond milk

1 egg beaten

1 T finely diced onion

1 t finely diced fresh garlic

1 t grated lemon zest

1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper

Lemon Sauce:

1 shallot chopped (or use garlic and onion diced fine)

1 T gluten-free flour

1 small carton chicken broth (I use this small Pacific brand cartons from Thrive Market)

1 T chopped fresh parsley

1/2 c lemon juice

Cooked rice or cauliflower rice.

Arugula Salad

3 c organic arugula

1/2 c cherry tomatoes chopped

1/4 c romano cheese (opt)

1 T fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350.

For meatballs, add almond flour to a mixing bowl with milk and let sit until absorbed. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Roll into 1 1/2 " balls using wet hands.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add meatballs, searing a few minutes on each side until brown. Transfer to an oven-safe pan and bake to finish cooking while sauce cooks.

For the sauce, add the shallot to the meatball pan and cook over medium heat, stirring about 1 minute. Add in the flour, stirring well, then deglaze the meatball pan with the chicken broth. Cook until sauce comes together, stirring well. Add in lemon juice, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Add meatballs back in and simmer with sauce for 3-4 minutes, lower heat if necessary.

Mix Arugula with tomatoes and top with the lemon juice mixed with the EVOO. Add to plate.

Add rice, topping with meatballs in the lemon sauce and serve.


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