Chicken Meatballs with Tomatoes and Carrot Noodles

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 chicken meatballs, greens, blue napkin

 chicken meatballs, avocado and carrots

 chicken meatballs, greens, avocado

Though frustrating with its baffling weather patterns and changing moods, March is a beloved month. It’s frequently been a month of change for me. Perhaps it has to do with the time change or the patches of green becoming more visible by the day that create a shift. Either way, March is a month of hope and renewal. 

While winter is still lingering about and a surprise snow storm could be just around the corner, I’m in the mindset of wanting to be outside. I’m anxious to get my hands dirty and prepare the vegetable garden, plant carrots and tomatoes and as many others as I can squeeze in the beds. After a long, dark winter, I’m ready for more sun, lighter clothing and lighter food. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the soups and stews and do make them all year long, but spring and summer beckon for lighter food and lots and lots of vegetables. 

A dish I made quite a bit last summer is this chicken meatballs with tomatoes and carrots. Since my tomatoes ripened quicker than I could pick them, we had a surplus that needed to be used. And what better way to use tomatoes than in a fresh sauce with plenty of olive oil, fresh garlic and oregano, right??

I opted for chicken meatballs instead of beef as they simply work better with this tomato sauce. My recommendation is to work the chicken meatballs gently since they’re a bit more delicate than their beef cousins. While chicken itself can be quite bland, cumin, coriander and ginger infuse these chicken meatballs with loads of flavor. A favorite in my house that doesn’t disappoint. 

 chicken meatballs, greens, fork, blue napkins

chicken meatballs with tomatoes and carrot noodles 

  • Prep time: 10-15 minutes

  • Total cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Serves 4


For chicken meatballs:

  • 1 lb organic ground chicken

  • 3 tbsp almond flour or freshly ground almonds

  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro

  • 2-3 tbsp avocado or olive oil

For carrot noodles:

  • 2-3 large carrots spiralized

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • sprinkle of salt

For tomato sauce

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1 cup bone broth (or chicken broth)

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 shallot (you can use 1/4 of an onion if no shallot on hand)

  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish

  • optional: 2 tsp maple syrup

  • optional: 1/2 an avocado sliced to top sauce and chicken meatballs


  • large frying pan

  • medium frying pan

  • spiralizer or peeler


Combine all ingredients for chicken meatballs, form 1″ balls and set aside. Preheat large, heavy pan on medium heat. Add avocado or olive oil and chicken meatballs and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until brown. Set aside. 

Spiralize your carrot noodles and set aside. If you don’t have one available, you can use a peeler to create long thin strips of carrot and they work just as well. (I often do this) 

In the same frying pan used for chicken meatballs, add 1 tbsp olive, garlic and shallot and sauté on medium heat stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano and cook for 2 minutes. Add broth and deglaze pan, scraping any brown bits off the bottom. Lower heat, add salt, pepper and optional, maple syrup and simmer for 5 minutes. Return meatballs to pan and cook an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Lastly, preheat medium pan, add add olive oil and carrots  and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft.

To plate, add carrot spirals, top with meatballs and sauce and sprinkle with additional cilantro. If you wish, add a few bits of avocado, which adds a layer of creaminess. 

 If you’re looking for a delicious, simple dinner that’s hearty, healthy and satisfying, try these chicken meatballs with tomatoes and carrot noodles. It’s whole 30, paleo and gluten free and makes for a perfect weeknight meal. #glutenfree #whole30 #calmeats #paleo #paleodinner #chickenmeatballs #chicken #carrotnoodles #tomatoes #dairyfree #grainfree #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #easyrecipes #weeknightrecipes


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  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    March 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    This is such a good idea on so many levels! I want this right now for breakfast!..and to serve it to my family tonight for dinner! 😉

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      I just laughed out loud Megan! hah. Thank you!!

  • Reply
    March 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I never would have thought to put this combo together, but it sounds fantastic! Chicken meatballs are a great idea ?

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Maru – thank you so much for the kind note! It’s definitely a favorite!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Amazing Daniela! So beautiful!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you thank you, Linda!!

  • Reply
    Melissa Schollaert
    March 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    These are gorgeous and sound delicious. Pinned them for later! Thank you

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Melissa! So good to hear 🙂

  • Reply
    March 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I love meatballs but carrot noodles make this so much better!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you Shelby! They really do – I agree!

  • Reply
    March 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    This looks delicious! Perfect to change up my regular dinner meals.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      I’m so happy to hear this, Lori! Wonderful!

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