Chicken Zucchini Meatballs with Fermented Zucchini and Feta

by Kaitlynn Fenley

Chicken zucchini meatballs are a delicious and unique twist on classic chicken meatballs. The rich flavors of the fermented zucchini and feta pair perfectly with chicken for perfect light and tasty meatballs.

Chicken Zucchini Meatballs

Chicken and zucchini is such a great combination, especially with briny and umami flavors from fermented zucchini. All the ingredients in these meatballs combine for a delicious, mouthwatering main dish.

You theoretically can use fresh zucchini in this recipe, but the flavor won’t be as good. The fermented zucchini adds saltiness and sour flavors, so if you need to substitute the fermented zucchini there are other options.

If you do not have fermented zucchini, you can sub with pickles or sauerkraut. I highly recommend using caraway sauerkraut or garlic sauerkraut in this recipe if you don’t have fermented zucchini.

just cooked chicken zucchini meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking pan. the meatballs are lined up in rows and cooked until lightly browned.

Chicken Zucchini Meatballs with Feta

The other main ingredient that you use to flavor these meatballs is feta cheese! I used delicious barrel-aged feta made from sheep milk, but any feta will do. Goat milk and sheep milk feta will give the most flavor.

Ingredients for Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini and Feta

  • 2 large slices of sourdough bread, broken into tiny pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • ½ cup fermented zucchini drained and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Chicken Meatballs Baked in the Oven

My favorite way to cook meatballs is in the oven. It’s easy and fast, only taking about 30 minutes. With a recipe like this one, the meatballs do not dry out.

Great oven-baked meatballs start with good meat and flavorful ingredients that keep the meat juicy. You’ll notice in the recipe that we do not use bread crumbs but crusty sourdough bread. This helps to bind the meatballs and keep them moist throughout the baking.

Zucchini Meatballs with Zucchini Pasta

The most perfect pairing for chicken zucchini meatballs is caramelized zucchini pasta. The buttery, cheesy, and herby flavors of the pasta go so well with the chicken meatballs.

Here are all the ingredients you need to make the zucchini pasta:

CLICK HERE to get my recipe for Caramelized Zucchini Pasta with Fermented Zucchini and Mushrooms

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Chicken zucchini meatballs are a delicious and unique twist on classic chicken meatballs. The rich flavors of the fermented zucchini and feta pair perfectly with chicken for perfect light and tasty meatballs.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 meatballs
  • Category: mains
  • Method: baking

Ingredients

  • 2 large slices of sourdough bread, broken into tiny pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • ½ cup fermented zucchini drained and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a large baking pan with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Place the bread in a large mixing bowl, making sure it’s shredded cut or broken into tiny bits.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted, add the garlic. Cook for two minutes or so until softened. Stir in the red pepper. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add the ground chicken, oregano, parsley, salt, honey, fermented zucchini, feta, and butter-garlic mixture to the bowl of bread. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Using your hands, shape the meat mix into approximately 18 (2 oz) meatballs.
  6. Place them onto the parchment paper lined pan.
  7. Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake on the top rack of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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