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Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash in a bowl

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash & Basil Gremolata Salad

Course Dinner
Cuisine meatballs
Keyword chicken meatballs, goat cheese stuffed chicken meatballs, spaghetti squash
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Monique of Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients

  • For the chicken meatballs
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1- 4 ounce piece of goat cheese, cut into 12 chunks
  • For the spaghetti squash & basil gremolata
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Cut spaghetti squash in half and drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil. Place face cut side down in pan. Bake for about an hour then remove and cool 10 minutes before forking.

  3. While spaghetti squash is baking make your basil gremolata: Put garlic, 2 tsp olive oil, salt, and some fresh black pepper into a small bowl and smash into a paste. Add chopped basil, lemon zest, lemon juice to bowl and stir. Set aside.

  4. In a small nonstick frying pan, add zucchini and tomato and saute until zucchini is golden brown. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and black pepper and remove from heat. Set aside.

  5. Make your chicken meatballs. Put foil on top of baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Combine the chicken, egg white, breadcrumbs, garlic, spices, oregano, basil, salt and pepper in large bowl; mixing well. Form mixture into about 12 meatballs, 2 inches round. Place a piece of goat cheese into the center of each meatball and push in. 

  6. Place on prepared baking sheet. Once you remove spaghetti squash from oven, place meatballs into oven still at 400 degrees F for about 17-19 minutes, or until juices run clear.
  7. Gently fork your spaghetti squash after a bit cool and place into large bowl. Add your basil gremolata. Then add your sautéed zucchini and tomatoes. Stir. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Place chicken meatballs on top and serve immediately warm. Serves 4