When it comes to feeding kids dinner, meatballs are a go to staple. They can pick them up with their fingers if they don’t want to use a fork, they are super easy to make and you can add in lots of extra goodness that they can’t see.

These kid-friendly chicken meatballs have it all. Flavour, versatility and kids love them. In addition to the recipe you will also find some chicken meatball dinner ideas for how to serve your meatballs, particularly if you are feeding the whole family and not just the kids.

If your kids are used to beef meatballs, these chicken mince meatballs are a subtle way to introduce a different flavour and then perhaps start cooking more chicken recipes for the kids. And in reverse, starting with a chicken meatball recipe like this one can be a great way to move your kids into other meats once they are familiar with the chicken ones.

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Kid-friendly chicken meatballs

Makes 25


500 g chicken mince
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp olive oil


In a food processor combine all of the ingredients. You can do this step by hand if you prefer but the cheese won’t break down the same way as it will in a food processor. If you have a Tefal Cuisine Companion, 25 seconds on speed 12 with the ultra blade is all you will need. Other food processors will probably take a similar length depending on the power.

Roll the mixture into balls (you will get about 25 meatballs from this recipe) and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

chicken mince meatballs

If you would like to freeze all, or some, of the meatballs you can place them in the freezer at this stage. The best way to do this is to lay them out on a baking tray in a single layer, ensuring they aren’t touching. Place them in the freezer for a few hours, or until frozen. You can then pop them into containers or snap lock bags in the freezer and the meatballs won’t stick together.

Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs, cooking in batches if you need to, and fry, turning regularly for 15 minutes or until golden on the outside and cooked through. You can tell if they are cooked by cutting one of the meatballs in half.

chicken meatball recipe

Voila! The tastiest kid friendly chicken meatballs you’ve ever tasted!

Chicken meatball dinner ideas

  • tossed in passata or other sauce and served with pasta
  • on a sandwich with mayonnaise, avocado and lettuce (great for using leftovers for lunch the next day)
  • on skewers with a satay/peanut sauce and rice
  • as is with a dipping sauce (tomato, barbecue or whatever your kids eat!)
  • tossed in a roasted vegetable ratatouille with cous cous (add the cooked meatballs once the ratatouille is cooked)
  • make chicken meatball parmigiana by placing the meatballs into a tray with your passata or pasta sauce and top each one with a little slice of mozarella

kid-friendly chicken meatballs recipe

If you have a picky or fussy eater, you might want to check out the Goodbye Picky Eating Course by Simone Emery. Simone has a wealth of knowledge and has helped so many families transform their mealtime dilemmas!

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