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This Garlic Chicken Meatball Bowl is easy to make, very tasty, and perfect for those who love to prep their meals. Ready in just 30 minutes, this meal can be served for the whole family to enjoy.

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To make chicken meatball meal prep with quinoa and steamed broccoli, start by mixing ground chicken with breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings. You will then form the mixture into meatballs and bake in the oven according to the instructions provided in the recipe card down below. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and steam broccoli until tender. To make the meal prep bowls, divide the meatballs, quinoa, and broccoli into 4 meal prep containers, and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. This easy and simple chicken meatball recipe can be enjoyed with your family any day of the week.

Why you will love this chicken meatball meal prep recipe

  • Balanced Nutrition: Chicken meatballs provide lean protein, quinoa offers complex carbs, and broccoli is a fiber-rich vegetable, making for a healthy and balanced meal.
  • Time-Saving: Meal prepping in advance saves time and ensures you have a healthy meal ready to go when you’re busy or on the go. This meal can also be enjoyed with your family as a non-meal prep option.
  • Versatility: Chicken meatball meal prep with quinoa and broccoli can be customized to your taste, and the ingredients can be used in other dishes throughout the week. You can also switch up the quinoa with rice and the broccoli with another veggie of your choice.
top view of glass bowl with quinoa topped with chicken meatballs and broccoli

Ingredients you will need to make this chicken meal-prep recipe

Please note these are just a list of ingredients you will need. The full measurements are listed further below in the recipe card.

  • Ground chicken: Try to find the leanest ground chicken or you may swap this with lean ground turkey.
  • Egg: you will need just one. This ingredient is used as a binder to keep the meatballs together.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: also used as a binder. Use plain and not seasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Herbs and seasonings: freshly chopped parsley, green onions, garlic cloves, and Kosher salt and ground pepper.
  • Olive oil: This ingredient can be substituted with another oil of your choice. Avocado oil is another great option.
  • Quinoa: Use any quinoa you have, you will need to cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • Lemon: this ingredient is used at the end to garnish if needed so it is optional.
ingredients laid out to make chicken meatballs

Step by step how to make this chicken meatball meal prep

  • Place the ground chicken into a bowl and add the beaten egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, green onions, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly to combine, then form 12 meatballs. Heat the oil and cook the chicken meatballs for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through.
  • Allow the chicken meatballs to cool while you cook the quinoa and steam the broccoli.
  • Assemble the bowls by dividing the quinoa, broccoli, and chicken meatballs
    among 4-single serving containers. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve with lemon wedges.
side shot chicken meatballs in a glass container with broccoli and quinoa

Recipe notes and tips

  • Swap the ground chicken with another protein of your choice. Try a leaner option like ground turkey
  • Veggies can be swapped if you do not like broccoli. Consider green beans, asparagus, zucchini, or other fibrous veggies.
  • Don’t like quinoa, serve it with white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice.
  • Store the chicken meatball meal prep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Frequently asked questions

How do you keep chicken meatballs from falling apart?

There are different ways you can prevent your chicken meatballs from falling apart. One of which would be to use a binding agent like breadcrumbs, panko, or eggs to your chicken mixture can help hold the meatballs together. Other options would be to chill the chicken meatball mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up and also not overwork the ground chicken mixture. Overworking the chicken mixture can cause the meatballs to be tough and fall apart.

Is it better to bake or pan-fry meatballs?

We recommend that you bake chicken meatballs instead of pan-frying them. Baking is healthier than frying when it comes to cooking.
When you bake chicken meatballs, they cook in their own juices, which helps retain moisture and flavor. This means that you don’t need to add extra fat to the dish, and you end up with a healthier, less greasy meal.

What is the best binder for meatballs?

There are different binders used to make chicken meatballs. A few options are Breadcrumbs, eggs, grated cheese, mashed potato, cooked rice, or quinoa. Ultimately, the best binder for chicken meatballs will depend on your personal preference and the other ingredients you are using in the recipe. Experiment with different binders to find the one that works best for you. Bread crumbs are commonly used as a binder for chicken meatballs, as they help to absorb moisture and hold the meatballs together.

top view chicken meatballs in a bowl with quinoa and steamed broccoli

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4 from 1 vote

Garlic Chicken Meatball Bowl

By: Rena
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
top view of glass bowl with quinoa topped with chicken meatballs and broccoli
Juicy garlic chicken meatballs served with quinoa and steamed broccoli. Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Place the ground chicken into a bowl and add the beaten egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, green onions, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly to combine, then form 12 meatballs.
  • Heat the oil and cook the chicken meatballs for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Allow the chicken meatballs to cool while you cook the quinoa and steam the broccoli.
  • Assemble the bowls by dividing the quinoa, broccoli, and chicken meatballs among 4-single serving containers.
  • Sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve with lemon wedges.

Notes

  • Swap the ground chicken with another protein of your choice. Try a leaner option like ground turkey
  • Veggies can be swapped if you do not like broccoli. Consider green beans, asparagus, zucchini, or other fibrous veggies.
  • Don’t like quinoa, serve it with white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice.
  • Store the chicken meatball meal prep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 31gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 273mgPotassium: 1334mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1253IUVitamin C: 154mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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  1. 4 stars
    This was a very easy recipe to put together for the week and well balanced. My only quip is that it isn’t the most flavorful chicken meatballs but they’re still good 🙂