Ya’ll know how I love mushrooms. So I just had to put them in some meatballs! Specifically, Chicken Marsala Meatballs.
Ever wondered what people make with ground chicken?
Meatballs. That’s what they make. And “they” can now be you. Don’t be scared. Cooking ground chicken isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. It’s quite delicious, actually.
First time ground chicken eaters, you might have a few questions.
Like, is ground chicken healthy? Is it healthier than ground beef? Does ground chicken even taste good? They make ground chicken?? Yes is the answer to all those things.
Ground chicken is less fatty than ground beef however, it’s also less flavorful. So adding flavor is key when cooking ground chicken. Ground chicken is not hard to come by. You can typically find it at any grocery store in refrigerated meat section.
Working with raw ground chicken
Just like whole chicken, you’ll need to be careful to wash your hands after handling raw chicken, clean up work spaces with disinfectant and take any other precautions to not ingest raw chicken. Since you’ll be forming the meatballs with your hand, I recommend taking off any jewelry before hand and when you’re done clean out under your nails thoroughly with soap and water.
How do you know ground chicken is cooked?
Maybe it’s just me, but this is something I was worried about when using ground chicken for the first time. It’s ground so the usual way to test for doneness by checking for any pink color, doesn’t really work.
The best way to check and see if your chicken is cooked is to take its temperature using a meat thermometer. You want to get to a temperature of 165˚to be safe. Read more about cooking temperatures of chicken and other meats here.
Let’s talk about the fun stuff now.
The flavors! You’re going to incorporate a drool-worthy combination of mushrooms, onions, marsala cooking wine, and oregano right into these meatballs. These ingredients play off of each other to give you an earthy, creamy yet semi sweet caramelized flavor.
Then there’s the sauce. The sauce contains much of the same flavors, it just add moisture and acts as a gravy.
You can serve these chicken marsala meatballs over pasta, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes. Serve with a salad or some roasted veggies like Brussels spouts or asparagus for a complete meal. So good, and really easy!