Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Bake spinach chicken parmesan meatballs in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love! Fresh baby spinach, parmesan cheese and fresh herbs add the perfect amount of flavor to make these baked ground chicken meatballs. Baked chicken meatballs are great for appetizer or dinner.

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Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

Everyone loves easy meals for dinner. Homemade ground chicken meatballs baked in tomato sauce and filled with spinach creates a simple weeknight meal that the entire family will love. The meatballs are great for meal prep and leftovers too. Try some of our other favorite easy skillet dinners with greens for more dinner recipes packed with leafy greens!

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

organic girl baby spinach

Stock your refrigerator with leafy greens and challenge yourself to each greens every single day. Adding spinach, kale, arugula and other greens to your diet is very important. Organicgirl greens are available year round and are the perfect addition to any meal. Best of all, organicgirl offers a variety of greens so you are never bored! With so many options, it’s easy to add greens to every single meal.

Add a few heaping handfuls of organicgirl baby spinach into meals to add extra nutrients. Baby spinach is rich in antioxidants beta carotene, vitamins A and C, and is an excellent source of folate and vitamin K. It’s versatile and packed with wholesome flavor. Even if you don’t love salad, there are endless ways to incorporate leafy greens into your diet. We love using organicgirl greens in everything including Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Pasta and Superfood Double Chocolate Muffins! For this meal, coarsely chop the spinach into smaller pieces and mix into the meatball mixture. Once you add spinach to meatballs, you won’t want to eat them any other way.

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

How to make chicken parmesan meatballs

To make chicken parmesan meatballs, combine ground chicken, spinach, bread crumbs, onion, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and egg in a large bowl. Stir the mixture together with a fork then knead gently with your hands until evenly combined. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and meatballs in a single layer. Let cook, turning occasionally until all sides are browned. Place the meatballs in a pan with tomato sauce or directly in the oven. Bake until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

Baked chicken meatballs in tomato sauce

Bake these chicken meatballs in homemade tomato sauce. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes and mix until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes to the pan, stir, lower heat and simmer about 8 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, if desired. Place meatballs in the sauce prior to baking and top with mozzarella cheese, if desired.

Other ground chicken meatball recipes

Challenge yourself everyday to add fresh greens to your diet. It is easier than you think and delicious too. Store any leftover meatballs in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Reheat them the next day as leftovers or create a meatball sub with fresh bread.

Make these meatballs, share a photo on Instagram and tag #EatGreensDaily and @spoonfulflavor! 

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Yield: 5 servings (about 12 large meatballs with sauce)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love! 
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

For the meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 3 ounces organicgirl baby spinach, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup dried panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • minced fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions

To make the sauce:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes and mix until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes, stir, lower heat to simmer and cook about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cream.

To make the meatballs:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, spinach, bread crumbs, onion, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and egg. Stir together with a fork then knead gently with your hands until evenly combined. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Heat olive oil in another medium or large skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the pan in a single layer. Let cook, turning occasionally, until all sides are browned. (They will not be cooked all the way through because they will finish cooking when baked.) Place the meatballs in the pan with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake until the cheese is melted and the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh basil and serve.

Notes

*You can omit the bread crumbs or use gluten free bread crumbs to make it gluten free or lower carb count.
**Nutritional info is per serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal, Carbohydrates: 8.4g, Protein: 35.9g, Fat: 33.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 174.3mg, Sodium: 602.1mg, Potassium: 234.6mg, Fiber: 1.3g, Sugar: 2.1g, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
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Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

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This post was created in partnership with organicgirl. As always, all opinions are my own.

27 comments on “Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce”

  1. It looks absolutely delicious! Can the meatballs be made a day or two before and frozen?

  2. I have made these several times. I love them! This is a great recipe. I have shared this recipe with many people.
    Thank you!

  3. Thanks so much Ashley, did the recipe and yes so yum, didn’t matter about  the Panko Crumbs as not that many carbs so all good love your recipes especially the Asian Chicken Meatballs they are just so good ?

  4. Hi Ashley,

    Can you tell me where the Nuitrition is on these as I cannot find it, going to cook these tonight they look so yummy and specially from al the reviews .
    I just like to see Nuitrition as I am following a low Carb diet .?

    • Hi, Kristine! I just updated the recipe with nutritional information. Please keep in mind that this is an estimate so please do your own calculations if you are following a strict diet. They are relatively low carb but you can omit the bread crumbs or use a smaller amount, if needed. Let us know what you think if make them. 🙂

  5. Delicious! I didn’t have fresh herbs so I used dry and they came out fine. I think next time I will grate the onion instead of chopping just to get the flavor. I actually paired this with zucchini noodles hesitantly BUT it was amazing!!!

    • Hi, Michelle! I’m so glad you loved these. This is my go-to recipe with zucchini noodles so I love that you tried them. Thanks so much for your feedback!

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