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Our Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs Recipe is So Easy and Tasty!

When you think of a hearty home-cooked meal, spaghetti is likely one of the first dishes that comes to mind. Your family, like all of ours, may have a secret recipe that makes spaghetti truly next level. In the Woman’s World test kitchen, we decided to compare family recipes and combine the best of the best. We took all of our loved ones’ secret ingredients, shortcuts and swaps into consideration and then created this delicious spaghetti and chicken meatballs recipe that hits all the right flavor notes. As a bonus, it’s also lean and packed with protein, keeping you satisfied for longer. Buon appetito!

Quick Trick to Make Meatballs the Same Size

When making meatballs, it can be time consuming to shape each and every one into the same size so that they cook evenly. To cut the prep time in half, roll the uncooked meat mixture into logs, cut each log into equal slices, then roll each slice into a ball. Presto! Meatballs that are all the same size. Cook them as usual. 

Related: 11 Ground Chicken Recipes That Are Healthy, Delicious and Easy – Perfect for Weeknights


6 servings

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  • 1½ lbs. ground chicken
  • ½ cup Italian-style dry breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint + additional leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1½ cups arrabbiata pasta sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • Finely shredded Parmesan (optional)


In large bowl, combine ground chicken, breadcrumbs, 1⁄4 cup chopped mint, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper; using hands, gently mix until just blended. Divide mixture into 18 portions; shape into balls.

Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. In batches, cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until browned, 5-6 min. Remove.

Place 1⁄2 cup pasta sauce in bottom of 4-qt. slow cooker. Place meatballs on top. Combine remaining sauce and diced tomatoes; pour over meatballs. Cover; cook on low 3 hrs.

In pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain. Spoon 1⁄2 cup sauce in bottom of serving bowl. Add pasta; pour remaining sauce with meatballs over. If desired, top with Parmesan and mint.


  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 15 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Protein: 32 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 59 gram
  • Fiber: 2 gram
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg
  • Sugar: 9 gram
  • Sodium: 680 mg


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