These Greek chicken meatball bowls are a quick weeknight dinner bursting with Mediterranean flavours of lemon, garlic and oregano. The whole dinner is on the table in 30 minutes.
Summer is upon us. Markets full of tomatoes and our tummies full of Greek chicken meatball bowls. When I think of summer food, I always think of Greek food. It’s probably got something to do with how quick and simple it is to make. And how it’s usually bursting with bright summer flavour. The taste of sun drenched islands and sandy beaches. Flavours like oregano, garlic, lemon, Greek basil and olive oil. Those flavours say summer!
Seeing as Greek food and flavours pretty much make up the baseline of my summer eating habits, I’m always looking for ways to change it up a little. Don’t get me wrong. Chicken, or beef or even lamb thrown on the BBQ is always welcome, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for something a little different. So, we’ve got mini Greek chicken meatballs.
So simple. Just loaded with garlic, lemon and oregano. Don’t know about you, but we’re always in the mood for carbs around our house, so I serve it with brown rice and homemade tzatziki. This dinner only takes 30 minutes, but it’s not a set it and forget it 30 minutes. It’s the kind of 30 minutes where you meditate and roll meatballs for 10 minutes. Then you dollop some yogurt in a bowl and add some garlic and cucumber. See? We’re talking simple here.
This recipe is made up of half pork half chicken, but you could totally use lamb or all turkey if you want too. It’s also a BIG recipe. Makes 70 mini meatballs. Roll ’em and freeze ’em, or roll ’em, cook ’em and freeze ’em. Either way you’re good to go with a perfect 30 minute meal tonight and some stashed in the freezer for later.
You are more than welcome to cook these mini meatballs in a pan, but I wanted to cook these without the oil, so I cooked them in the oven. Don’t worry they still go golden brown and have a slightly crispy outer texture.
It’s a Greek feast perfect for summer!
PS. We may have been a bit quite over the last week, but we’ve been working behind the scenes creating the Fast & Fresh 10 Day Healthy Meal Plan. You can check it out here ?? Fast & Fresh.
Greek Chicken Meatball Bowls
For the meatballs
- 1 lb (500g) ground chicken
- 1 lb (500g) ground pork
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic , crushed
- 2 Tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
For the rice
- 1/2 cup brown
- 1 cup water
For the Tzatziki
- 250 g 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 garlic clove grated
- 1/4 cup cucumber grated
- slices of cucumber
- cherry tomatoes , halved
- feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350f or 180c.
- For the meatballs place the pork and chicken into a bowl and mix with the lemon zest, garlic, oregano and salt and pepper.
- Roll out 70 mini meatballs.
- Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- Cook the rice according to the package directions.
- To make the tzatziki place all the ingredients in the bowl and season. Mix well.
- Serve the meatballs over the rice and place the cucumber and tomatoes on the side.
- Garnish with the as much or as little feta cheese as you like.
- Serves 2
A meatball serving is 4 mini meatballs.