chicken meatballs without breadcrumbs

Chicken Meatballs (Without Breadcrumbs)

It can often be hard to find a recipe for meatballs that doesn’t include breadcrumbs and still tastes great. These chicken meatballs substitute oats to help retain their structure, plus can easily be made gluten-free without sacrificing flavour or nutrition.

These chicken meatballs are incredibly versatile, and can be served a number of ways. Try using them to top a salad, have as a lunch protein in a bento box-style lunch or a quick snack! You can also serve them the old fashioned way, with whole grain pasta and marinara (or other tomato based sauces). For a low-carb spin, try substituting pasta with spiralized zucchini or sweet potato noodles!

Chicken Meatballs (Without Breadcrumbs)

Adapted from Diabetes Strong

Serves 5


  • 454 grams (1 pound) ground chicken
  • 2 handfuls spinach, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oatmeal (gluten free optional)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • ½ red pepper, finely diced
  • ½ medium red onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. chipotle pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dice onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper and spinach, then place in a large mixing bowl with chicken, egg whites, oatmeal and spices. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Roll the chicken mixture into 15+ balls (about the size of golf balls) and place them on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.


Per serving, 1/5 of the recipe

Calories (kcal) 162 Protein (g) 20
Carbohydrates (g) 7 Fat (g) 6.1
Sugar (g) 1.6 Saturated Fat 0.1
Fibre (g) 1.6 Sodium (mg) 341