Chicken Pesto Meatballs

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6 oz Spaghetti uncooked whole grain
¼ cup Bread crumbs dry
2 tbsp Pesto prepared
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 lb Ground chicken
1 ½ cups Marinara sauce
¼ cup Water
To garnish:
Freshly torn Basil
Parmesan cheese optional

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  • To garnish:

Chicken Pesto Meatballs


These Chicken Pesto Meatballs are really quick and easy to make. They taste absolutely delicious too thanks to the addition of basil pesto. Pesto is the ultimate Italian ingredient, bursting with the flavor of fragrant basil and rich with olive oil and Parmesan cheese. I adore it!

Start by cooking the spaghetti. Make the meatballs by combining bread crumbs, pesto, cheese, garlic powder and chicken in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls Cook the meatballs until browned all over. Add marinara sauce and water and boil until the meatballs are cooked. Serve with spaghetti and garnish with additional Parmesan and freshly torn basil.

To make the Chicken Pesto Meatballs, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Chicken Pesto Meatballs

Steps to make Chicken Pesto Meatballs


Cook spaghetti


Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.


Make the meatball mixture


Place ¼ cup of bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of pesto, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Add 1 pound of ground chicken and mix the ingredients using your hands.


Shape the meatballs


Season the mixture into 1 inch balls.


Cook the meatballs


Brown the meatballs in a large pan or skillet over medium heat until they are golden brown all over.


Add sauce


Add 1 ½ cups of marinara sauce and ¼ cup of water. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer while covered for about 5 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.



Serve the meatballs and sauce over the spaghetti. Garnish with basil and additional Parmesan cheese.

Everyone loves these Chicken Pesto Meatballs! They are super quick and easy to make and cook! If you try these, please come back to leave a review with your thoughts!

Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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Total Reviews: 14
Monroe Pierini

Anything to do with chicken and pasta makes my stomach growl! I saw this and just KNEW it'd turn out to be great, really glad I found this recipe, thanks for sharing!

Karis Reager

Ended up sharing this recipe to all my friends who love cooking, it was too good to keep to myself.

Kaitlynn Hunnings

Was a bit under-cooked, I recommend checking if your stove gets hot enough to cook the meatballs through,I had to cook mine for 25 minutes instead of 15, turned out nicely.

Cassie Guin

Didn't expect it to turn out so good but the instructions really did me a lot of favors, the meal looked exactly as pictured.

Patricia Batliner

One of my all time favorite Chicken pesto recipes since the creamy chicken one you guys posted! This is the second best thing on here.

Angie Vanbecelaere

Amazing meal for two, will be using this every spaghetti Monday for sure!

Miyah Finkley

I made this tonight for dinner and all of my family enjoyed the meal,delightful as most of the dinners on here.

Samiya Alires

I'm in love with this lunch/dinner, I added a bit more basil though!

Aiyanna Nau

This plate has everything you want in a meal and will keep you full all day!

Raquel Strittmater

Best meatball recipe I've ever cooked up, everything about these meatballs is delicious, will be cooking again.

Cara Plescia

Made this yesterday and it turned out quite nice, a little bit on the salty side but maybe that's just me.

Marlie Vandeloo

The meatballs just instantly fell apart for me..I followed the recipe fully but it didn't end up looking that great. Tasted amazing though despite them being crumbled up.

Azalea Labhart

I love how flavourful this dish is, I made this for dinner tonight for my hubby and me and we both enjoyed it very much :)


Well done! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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