Healthy Ancho Chili Chicken Meatballs are a low carb, nutritious dinner. Packed with protein from lean chicken and black beans – they’re delicious! This post is sponsored by our friends at Simply Organic Spices & Mambo Sprouts. #OrganicMoments
Tyler said it couldn’t be done. A recipe made with ground chicken that tastes good? No way. ‘It’s gross’ were his actual words if we’re being specific. I’m not sure why he has such a serious aversion to ground chicken. It’s basically the exact same thing as turkey, which we eat ALL the time. (Usually in the form of Paleo Turkey Chili) But for some reason, he just doesn’t like it. Challenge accepted. (Where are my HIMYM fans out there?? Please tell me you got that joke)
When I tasted this Simply Organic Ancho Chili Powder, I knew that I wanted to use it with chicken. When I happened to be grocery shopping and saw that ground chicken was on sale at Trader Joes, I kinda went with it, figuring it was just meant to be! I knew when I came home with the ground chicken there would be comments made, and possibly even some eye rolls – but I wanted to try something different! Sometimes it’s nice to try new things and step out of your comfort zone with new cooking styles/ingredients. I loved experimenting with this Ancho Chili Powder (and eating the results of the recipe testing!). The flavor of the powder is a little spicier than regular chili powder that I’m used to, but it is SO yummy! It seriously makes these meatballs so flavorful!
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As far as I’m concerned, spices are an essential to healthy cooking. A dish can completely be transformed from blah to delicious by a few shakes of different spices. I love using different spices like this to challenge myself in the kitchen, but I love Simply Organic spices even more because of the fact that they’re 100% pure. There are no preservatives, artificial flavors, or yucky things added to them. Pure, simple, delicious flavor – that’s it! Annnd as if I needed another reason to love them- I’m pretty sure these spices are the reason why these meatballs got a ‘These are delicious!” review from Tyler. That’s right – you heard it correctly. He DEVOURED these! (And so did I) The subtle smokiness from the chili powder makes them so irresistible! Here’s how you can make them too:
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- ½ cup finely ground onion
- 1 teaspoon Simply Organic Ancho Chili powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease a large cookie sheet.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredient to form batter
- Roll meatballs into 1 ½ inch balls
- Place on cookie sheet (they can be pretty close because they don’t spread!)
- Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes
Things we used for this recipe: cookie sheet, silpat baking mats, olive oil sprayer, whole wheat breadcrumbs, Simply Organic Ancho Chili Powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, olive oil, black beans
Tyler actually loved the meatballs so much that he even helped me come up with a super quick dipping sauce to go with them! We made a whipped up a batch of this Healthy Cilantro Lime Sauce and just stood by the counter eating these hot out of the oven.. we didn’t even bother to get a dish! (That’s how you know they’re a good recipe!)
This is definitely a recipe that I’m going to be making over and over again. It’s super easy, quick, an got a stellar review from the Chief Recipe Taster… so I’m adding it in to the weekly dinner rotation. I hope you do too!
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