June 3, 2022

Greek Chicken Meatballs

These delicious Greek Chicken Meatballs are full of flavor, so easy to make, and are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Serve the meatballs with a generous scoop of homemade tzatziki and your favorite veggies!

The Best (and easiest!) Greek Chicken Meatballs

  • Packed with flavor – fresh herbs, garlic, and spices all come together in these meatballs to ensure that they are seriously packed with flavor!
  • Quick and easy to make – seriously all you have to do is make the meatball mixture, fry them up, and then serve with your favorite sides!
  • Perfect for meal prep – these meatballs are a great option to make in advance and then reheat throughout the week for a great protein source!

Watch How to Make This Recipe

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meatball ingredients

Chicken Meatball Ingredients

Ground Chicken: I love my original Greek meatball recipe made from ground beef and pork but sometimes you just need to switch things up! These meatballs are made with lean and quick cooking ground chicken. You can use either ground chicken thighs or chicken breast.

Fresh Herbs: what really gives these meatballs their delicious flavor is all of the fresh herbs. You’ll need both fresh dill and fresh mint.

Spices: a combination of ground cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes help to give these meatballs even more flavor.

Garlic: when it comes to garlic, freshly minced always has the most flavor so take the extra time to mince some up if you have it!

Lemon Zest: this adds the most delicious brightness to the meatballs – trust me!

Red Onion: I like to dice the red onion on the smaller side so that you don’t have huge chunks of red onion in the meatballs.

Ingredient Substitutions and FAQs

  • ground chicken – don’t have ground chicken? swap it for ground turkey instead!
  • fresh herbs – if you’re out of fresh herbs you can use dried herbs instead. The cardinal rule for converting fresh herbs to fresh is one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs.
  • lemon zest – out of lemon zest? just add a splash of fresh lemon juice to the meatball mixture instead.

Tools You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

sheet pan

parchment paper

mixing bowl

silicone spatula

cookie scoop

MEASURING CUPS

MEASURING SPOONS

meatballs mixture in mixing bowl

How to Make Greek Chicken Meatballs

Step One: Add the meatball ingredients to a small mixing bowl and use your hands to mix until well combined. Next, use a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon to scoop out the chicken mixture and use your hands to form into meatballs.

Step Two: When the meatballs are formed, heat a large skillet over medium heat and then add a tablespoon of oil. Next add the meatballs to the hot skillet and cook for roughly 3-4 minutes per side until browned and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.

Step Three: Serve the meatballs over chopped romaine lettuce with feta, cucumber, tomato, rice, and tzatziki sauce.

Meatball Making Tips and Tricks

  • When forming the meatballs try using a cookie dough scoop to scoop the meatball mixture and then roll in between your hands. This makes things so much easier!
  • Before rolling the meatballs lightly wet your hands to prevent the mixture from sticking.
  • For perfectly cooked meatballs, every single time, use a meat thermometer to ensure that each meatball reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Want to make your life even easier? Try making a double batch of the meatball mixture. After everything has mixed, but before scooping and rolling, transfer half the mixture to a freezer safe storage container and freeze for later.

greek chicken meatballs in pan

Can You Bake The Meatballs?

Yes! If you prefer you can bake these meatballs at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Bake the meatballs on sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with olive oil.

Can You Make These Meatballs in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! If you have an air fryer, you can whip these meatballs up even more quickly instead of pan frying.

To Make in the Air Fryer: place the meatballs in your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. You can give them a shake halfway through if you would like to ensure that they cook evenly.

meatballs with sides in bowl

How to Serve the Meatballs

  • Make a delicious Greek salad bowl! This is my favorite way to serve the meatballs and what I have pictured. Just serve the meatballs over a bed of fresh romaine or your favorite mixed greens and serve with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, dill, peppers, and whatever other veggies sound good. You can also add rice or Greek chickpea salad to your bowl if you would like. Finish off your bowl with a generous spoonful of tzatziki.
  • Serve them as an appetizer or party snack! These Greek meatballs are perfect to serve at a dinner party or as a fun appetizer. If you are feeding a larger crowd make a double batch and then serve with a batch of homemade tzatziki!
  • Stuff them in a pita! If a Greek pita sandwich is more your thing, feel free to stuff these meatballs in a pita with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and of course, plenty of tzatziki!

How to Store Leftover Meatballs

Store the leftover Greek meatballs in an air-tight storage container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

How to Freeze and Reheat

Freeze

  • freeze the meatball mixture – make the meatball mixture and then transfer to a freezer safe storage bag. Squeeze all of the air out of the bag and then place in the freezer. When you’re ready to make a batch of meatballs, remove the mixture from the freezer and let defrost in the fridge before rolling the meatballs and cooking.
  • cook the meatballs and then freeze – cook the meatballs and then let them come to a complete cool before transferring to a freezer safe storage container and transfer to the freezer.

Reheat

  •  To reheat the meatballs from frozen, place them in an ovenproof pan or baking dish and cover with foil. Bake the meatballs at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until completely warmed through. Alternatively, you can let the meatballs defrost in the fridge and reheat in the microwave.

greek chicken meatballs in two bowls

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Greek Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for frying 

For Serving

  • chopped romaine
  • feta, for serving
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • white rice
  • tzatziki sauce

Method

  1. Add the meatball ingredients to a small mixing bowl and use your hands to mix until well combined. Next, use a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon to scoop out the chicken mixture and use your hands to form into meatballs.
  2. When the meatballs are formed, heat a large skillet over medium heat and then add a tablespoon of oil. Next add the meatballs to the hot skillet and cook for roughly 3-4 minutes per side until browned and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  3. Serve the meatballs over chopped romaine lettuce with feta, cucumber, tomato, rice, and tzatziki sauce.

Keywords: greek chicken meatballs, greek chicken meatball recipes, chicken meatballs, chicken meatball recipe

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Eat Love Eat

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  1. BEYOND AMAZING! These chicken meatballs are absolutely wonderful! They come together quickly, are healthy, and full of flavor! I’m so glad I made the recipe as written with two pounds of meat, I will enjoy the left overs all week! This is the first recipe I have made from your site, but will not be my last. Thank you so much for such a great recipe!!!

  2. These are awesome! Making them for the second time in a couple weeks because they’re so good! So glad I found your recipe on Pinterest. 🙂

  3. This meal is so delicious! I’d been wanting to try it for a while and finally did over the weekend. Just finished the leftovers – now I’m going to have to make another batch! So, so good!

  4. Made this for dinner. So good already looking forward to making it again and sharing with a friend I know will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These were so tasty!!! Scouring your blog now for what’s up next. I’ll be making these again for sure.

  6. Really yummy! I love this for meal prepping for my lunches for the week. I will definitely be adding this into the rotation!

  7. Thank you for ANOTHER delicious recipe!!! I’m not a huge fan of chicken and I LOVED this! It is so easy and yummy! I didn’t have fresh herbs on hand, so I subbed with dry ones and used basil instead of mint. I scaled the dry herbs back to 1/3 of what the recipe called for. It turned out delicious! I served with couscous, hummus, tomatoes and cucumbers. I am adding this to my tried and true repertoire!

  8. Delicious meatballs! I baked them in the oven because I really didn’t feel like frying so many batches, and they worked perfectly. I did line the tray with parchment and spray it with olive oil spray, but nothing stuck. I ate my meatballs on lettuce and kids and hubby ate theirs on pita. Everyone loved them, and I can’t wait to take some more for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Meatballs are always a family favorite around here, but having a chicken version is a nice twist! We took your suggestion and made bowls with rice, tzatziki, and all the veggies. Delicious and quick enough for a weeknight meal!

  10. So good!! Made these for dinner tonight and they were a hit! My husband and almost 1 year old both loved them. The fresh herbs really made the meatballs so flavorful.

  11. These meatballs are fantastic! The fresh dill and lemon zest make them taste so fresh and flavorful. I froze them and baked them for 20ish minutes at 400 degrees. So, so good! Thank you!

  12. Yummy! My family, including the children LOVED this! I have them requesting me to make it again. It was so refreshing and full of flavor

  13. Yum! I was looking for an easier way to add a protein (besides my usual chicken breast) to my greek salads and I’ve found it! This was a delicious, easy recipe to put together and I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. I did sub ground chicken for ground turkey, but still tasted great. I also had to cook a bit longer than the stated 3-4 minutes each side on the stove (ended up finishing it off with a couple extra minutes in the oven) but still tasted great once it hit the right temperature!

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