turkey meatballs

These are the best meatballs, seriously.  And they’re made out of extra lean turkey so that’s a bonus!  This is adapted from a recipe by Jessica Alba (yes, the actress who I’m not sure actually acts anymore) from when she appeared on Martha Stewart.  She uses pretty basic meatball ingredients (except for maybe zucchini and carrot) but what I really like about her recipe is that she simmers the meatballs in chicken broth. Turns out this is a fantastic trick to keep them from turning out dry and makes them extra tasty.

This makes about 1 and 1/2 dozen meatballs

5oo grams of extra lean ground turkey  /  1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs  /  1 large egg  /  1/4 cup finely chopped onion  /  1/4 cup finely chopped carrot  /  1 tbsp Italian seasoning  /  1/2 tbsp salt  /  1 tsp garlic powder  /  1 tsp ground black pepper  /  1/2 cup chicken broth, no salt added (if you have regular sodium chicken broth, you’ll definitely want to cut out or cut down the salt in the recipe) /  avocado or grape seed oil

*I didn’t have any on hand and couldn’t be bothered to go out and get one but you can also add in 1/4 cup finely chopped zucchini


Toss all the ingredients except for the chicken broth and the oil into a large bowl and simply mix it all up with your hands until everything is well combined.  Then roll them into meatballs that are roughly the size of golfballs.

Heat up a thin layer of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.  Add the meatballs and cook, giving them a flip every now and again, until they are browned.  This takes about 5 to 7 minutes.


Once your meatballs have browned up nicely, turn the heat down to low and add half of your chicken broth.  Cover with a lid and let it cook until the chicken broth is almost all absorbed, which will take another 7 minutes or so.


Take off the cover and add the rest of your chicken broth.  Turn your heat back up to medium and then let your meatballs cook uncovered until all the liquid is gone.  And that’s it!  We’ve eaten these before with just some salad and tonight we had them with some spaghetti.  Enjoy!

turkey meatballs




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