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Low-FODMAP Chicken Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

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An Easy Chicken Meatballs Recipe that’s perfect for any weeknight and a light alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs. It’s also Low-FODMAP, paleo and Whole30 approved.

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 chicken meatballs, avocado and carrots

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, 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, avocado

About Easy Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Tomatoes and Carrot Noodles

  • It’s paleo, low carb, gluten, and dairy-free
  • Low-FODMAP
  • Keto-friendly
  • Ready in under an hour
  • A springtime alternative to spaghetti and meatballs
  • Healthy, delicious, and light

Ingredients Needed:

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 substitute
  • 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 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup bone broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic substitute or 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion substitute or 1 shallot
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish
  • optional: 2 tsp maple syrup
  • optional: 1/2 an avocado, sliced

Making Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Tomatoes and Carrot Noodles

Step 1. 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. 

Step 2. Use a peeler to create long thin strips of carrot. Set aside.

Step 3. In the same frying pan used for chicken meatballs, add wine or 1/4 cup broth, garlic or garlic substitute, and shallot or onion substitute and stir on medium heat stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 4. Add remaining broth and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits off the bottom. Lower the heat, add salt, pepper, and maple syrup, and simmer for 5 minutes. Return meatballs to the pan and cook an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Step 5. Preheat a medium skillet, add oil and carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft.

Step 6. To plate, add carrot spirals, top with meatballs and sauce, and sprinkle with additional cilantro. If you wish, add a few cubes of avocado, which adds a layer of creaminess. 

FAQs + Top Tips

Can You Use Ground Turkey Instead Of Ground Chicken?

Most certainly. I tested this recipe with turkey and it was perfect. So if you can’t find ground chicken, ground turkey is a good alternative.

Can You Substitute Coconut Flour For Almond Flour?

In this case yes. Since coconut flour binds more than almond flour, stick with 2 tbsp only. And don’t worry, you won’t taste the coconut in the meatballs.

How Do You Make Carrot Noodles?

If you have a spiralizer, you can certainly use it. I actually prefer creating long strips of carrots using a peeler. All you have to do is peel your carrot and discard the outer layer. Then continue peeling all around the carrot until you have a thin tube and carrot strips. I find the carrot strips cook fast and have a nice noodle-like texture.

Are Carrots Considered Keto?

If you’re only eating about 1 carrot spiralized or in strips, you will be fine carbohydrate wise, so just be mindful of that.

Why Do You Need A Sweetener For Tomato Based Sauce?

Any time you cook with tomatoes, you’ll want some sweetness to balance out the acidity of the tomato. If you are following a keto diet, you can use keto-approved sweeteners, otherwise, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or even regular sugar will do.

Keeping The Recipe Low-FODMAP

All ingredients aside from onion and garlic are low-fodmap and those have been replaced with onion and garlic substitutes.

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Easy Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Tomatoes and Carrot Noodles

Easy Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Tomatoes and Carrot Noodles

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
An Easy Chicken Meatballs Recipe that’s perfect for any weeknight and a light alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground chicken
  • 3 tbsp almond flour or 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp garlic replacer
  • 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp salt, divided

  • 1/4 tsp pepper, divided

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 garlic clove
 or garlic replacer
  • 1 shallot or a small onion

  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish

  • 2 tsp maple syrup, coconut sugar or regular sugar

  • optional: 1/2 an avocado sliced

Instructions

    1. Combine chicken, almond flour, cumin, coriander, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder, chopped cilantro, and form 1″ balls, and set aside. 

    2. Preheat a large, heavy pan on medium heat. Add 2 tbsp oil and chicken meatballs and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until brown. Set aside. 

    3. Use a peeler to create long thin strips of carrot. Set aside.

    4. In the same frying pan used for chicken meatballs, add wine or 1/4 cup broth, garlic or garlic substitute, and shallot or onion substitute and stir on medium heat stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano and cook for 2 minutes.

    5. Add broth and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits off the bottom. Lower the heat, add salt, pepper, and maple syrup, and simmer for 5 minutes. Return meatballs to the pan and cook for an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

    6. Preheat a medium skillet on medium heat, add, 2 tsp oil and carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft.

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

Notes

1. You can substitute 2 tbsp coconut flour for almond flour.

2. You can also use ground turkey in place of ground chicken.

3. If you don't have maple syrup, feel free to use coconut sugar or even regular sugar to cut through the acidity of the tomatoes.

4. If you're Low-FODMAP, omit onion and garlic and stick with substitutes.

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12 Comments

  • 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
    Maru
    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
    Shelby
    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
    Lori
    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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