Greek Chicken Meatballs (Mediterranean Meatballs)
These Greek Chicken Meatballs with creamy yogurt dipping sauce are a recipe that can do double duty as a light and healthy dinner, or a party bite that can be kept warm in a slow cooker!
Does anyone else feel like New Year’s Eve is always such a letdown?
In my 20’s, when I would go to some organized “party,” I’d 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?
Now that I’m firmly in the “late 30’s with a toddler” stage, I’m more than happy to just embrace that couch celebration.
This year, I’ll be making either Greek layer dip or a batch of these Greek chicken meatballs for New Year’s Eve. But this baked chicken meatball recipe is also something that I make year round, either as a party snack or also just as an easy weeknight dinner.
These Greek chicken meatballs are perfect for a party!
To me, it’s not a party (no matter how many guests there might be) without some meatballs. When I want pork meatballs, General Tso’s meatballs are my go to.
And when I want to use ground chicken, these Greek chicken meatballs are what I turn to.
With their simple list of ingredients (most things you may already have in your fridge or pantry), and easy cooking method, these ground chicken meatballs are truly so simple to whip up and pop into the oven as party guests are on their way to your house.
And once baked, these Mediterranean meatballs are easily kept warm in a slow-cooker with a bit of chicken broth in the bottom.
These baked chicken meatballs can also be air fried.
Just like my air fryer turkey meatballs, these Greek chicken meatballs can be air fried, too!
If necessary, preheat or set your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
In batches, transfer the ground chicken meatballs to the air fryer basket and cook 10 to 15 minutes (exact timing will depend on your model of air fryer).
You’re looking to cook them until they are lightly browned and the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees F.
Turn them once about halfway through cooking so that they brown evenly.
Don’t forget the delicious Greek yogurt sauce for meatballs!
The tangy, herby Greek yogurt dipping sauce I serve these Greek chicken meatballs with is so simple, but my favorite part of this recipe. I love a yogurt sauce for my Chilean sea bass recipe, too.
Simply stir together creamy Greek yogurt, parsley, dill and ground black pepper. I used fresh herbs here because I had them on hand, but dried herbs work great too.
If using dried herbs, use half the amount of fresh herbs called for in this Greek yogurt sauce for meatballs, since dried herbs have a stronger flavor than fresh herbs.
So, you’d need 1 tablespoon dried parsley and 1-1/2 teaspoons dried dill for the yogurt sauce recipe below. You can also use fresh or dried dill for the herb mayo for my salmon sandwich recipe.
What to serve with ground chicken meatballs for a complete meal:
They’re also great as a meal prep recipe for weekday lunches, served with a simple side of fruit salad.
These Mediterranean meatballs are award winning!
This ground chicken meatballs recipe was chosen as a Community Pick in a contest at Food52 and photographed by James Ransom (photo below). This Greek chicken meatball recipe was deemed “as refreshing as it is easy to pull together.“
I toasted with a grapefruit vodka cocktail to celebrate the contest win.
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
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup finely chopped English cucumber
- 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.
- Transfer to oven and bake meatballs 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, prepare Yogurt Sauce: In small bowl, stir together yogurt, parsley, dill and pepper.
- Serve meatballs garnished with feta and cucumber, with Yogurt Sauce for dipping.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 36g
Recipe as written makes 16 meatballs. Nutrition information above is for an entree portion of 4 meatballs with 1/4 of dipping sauce.