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Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce - a light and healthy dinner, or a party bite that can be kept warm in a slow cooker! |

Does anyone else feel like New Years Eve is always such a letdown? Sometimes, I think I’m better off just staying home on the couch. If I go to some organized “party,” I have to pay for entry, pay more for drinks, and then awkwardly stand around with a few friends (but mostly a bunch of strangers) just kind of waiting for midnight. Kiss, go home. Hooray?

To remedy this situation, some friends and I occasionally travel for the holiday – two years ago I was in Savannah, and last year I was in New Orleans. These trips were both great fun, but again – New Years Eve itself? Let’s just say the bar that we were at on Bourbon Street totally failed. The band that was playing (and that was supposed to do the countdown to midnight) totally missed midnight! We eyed our watches as it became 12:01…then 12:02. At around 12:06, the singer realized her error and started doing the whole countdown thing, hoping nobody would notice the moment had really passed. Seriously, lady?

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce - a light and healthy dinner, or a party bite that can be kept warm in a slow cooker! |

L-a-m-e. I really believe the best part about New Years Eve is the fun snacks. Even if it’s just Jeff and I on the couch with our pooch, we drink champagne and eat party food for dinner. Chicken wingswonton cupschips and dip – whatever strikes us, really. And MEATBALLS are a NYE must. These Greek chicken meatballs are even lightened-up to fit in with whatever crazy resolution you might be striking the next morning. I know NYE is a ways away, so feel free to have these for dinner before that. Or, you could make them for a holiday get-together – they’re easily kept warm in a slow-cooker with a bit of chicken broth in the bottom.

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce - a light and healthy dinner, or a party bite that can be kept warm in a slow cooker! |

Greek Chicken Meatballs

Yield: About 16 meatballs


For the Meatballs:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup minced white onion
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground chicken

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Garnishes:

  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Finely chopped English cucumber


  1. Prepare Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir together garlic, egg, onion, breadcrumbs, oregano, mint and salt. Add chicken and stir (or mix with hands) until just combined. Do not overmix. Using hands, gently form into golf ball-sized meatballs and place on prepared baking pan.
  2. Bake meatballs 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Yogurt Sauce: In small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  4. Garnish meatballs with feta and cucumber; serve with Yogurt Sauce.

I originally developed this recipe for the NatureBox blog.

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Update: On 4/16/15, this recipe was chosen as a Community Pick at Food52 and professionally photographed by James Ransom:


Greek Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce - a light and healthy dinner, or a party bite that can be kept warm in a slow cooker! |



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24 Responses to “Greek Chicken Meatballs”

  1. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — December 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Genius! Great lunch or appetizer and amazing to bring with you to all those functions this holiday season.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 11:44 am

      Thanks so much, Jane! I might be sending these with my husband for one of his works potlucks this month 🙂


  2. Katie | HealthySeasonalRecipes — December 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This is 100% the type of party food I love to serve. Healthy and Yummy. Love the Greek twist, and I agree totally about NYE failing most of the time. We’re having a party of our own this year to make sure we have fun.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      Great idea, Katie! I think making your own party at home is the only way to guarantee a non-lame time. haha.


  3. Angela@JoyouslyDomestic — December 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    These look divine! I am a sucker for a good meatball! And, yes, New Year’s Eve is usually a disappointment when going out. Wait – we have five kids (ages 6 – 23) so do I even remember ever going out on NYE? HA! Actually, we HAVE gotten a sitter once or twice through the years to go out that night, but we end up missing the kids and wishing we were home celebrating the moment with them. So, it’s always lots of good snacks and apps for us, confetti poppers and some good movies. 🙂


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

      Sounds like you have the right idea, Angela! Staying home is so much better than going to some stupid party at a bar or something! Call me an old lady, but I don’t mind 🙂


      • Suzanne replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 10:55 am

        They like to lay right up against me pinning me in so I can’t move for fear of disturbing them. I end up falling asleep before the stroke of midnight, the pugs don’t care if they get a New Years kiss. LOL!

  4. Holly @ Holly's Helpings — December 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Last year, I tried to throw together a last minute NYE party. No one showed up, but it was the most fun I’ve had ringing in the new year! It was just me and my boyfriend, slow cooker chili, beer, and a fire pit. So relaxed and so fun.

    I agree that snack foods are a must! I planned on stocking up on chips, but maybe I’ll try to make something fun this year. You’ve inspired me. 🙂


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

      Sounds like a great NYE to me, Holly! I forgot to mention the beer part of the event, but that’s critical 🙂


  5. GourmetGetaway — December 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I love healthy finger food! These look so tasty and delicious 🙂


  6. Susan Stone — December 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I am with you about New Year’s Eve. I have rarely gone to parties and am perfectly happy to be home with my husband. Guess we’re not party people. This recipe sounds great, even for those of us who don’t go to parties.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 6th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Enjoy your cozy NYE at home with your husband! I’ll be going out to dinner with a few friends, but nothing crazy. Will probably end up at somebody’s home to ring in the new year.


  7. Suzanne — December 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Yum, love the meatballs, Greek food is delicious. Totally with you on the NYE thing, used to go out every New Year Eve, always afterwards I would proclaim I wouldn’t do it again, well now I don’t. An evening with the pugs warm on my couch is my favorite way to celebrate.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      Sounds like a great evening to me! Do your pugs lay on top of you like my dog does? She’s about 45 pounds now, but thinks she’s a lap dog 🙂


  8. Tara — December 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    These would also be great in a wrap, love them!!!


  9. Karen @ The Food Charlatan — December 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Holy smokes what an awesome idea. I’m making these. Like, today.


  10. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — December 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Karen! Enjoy!


  11. Sarah — January 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    made them into a wrap for lunch!! so tasty!! thank you! 🙂


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

      Oh, YUM, Sarah! That looks so great. So glad they turned out well for you!


  12. Sophia Del Gigante — March 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this idea! I think I’ll try this!


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