broccoli chicken meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara on plates
broccoli chicken meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara on plates with dish towel

Gluten free and dairy free broccoli chicken meatballs- super simple addition to any weeknight dinner.

These meatballs are packed with broccoli for a nutrient boost. I’m all about sneaking in those extra veggies!

broccoli chicken meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara on plate with fork

Such a delicious and filling lean protein source. When using animal products, I try to always opt for organic. It’s better for our own health, as well as the environment.

These meatballs go perfectly with any of your favorite noodles or noodle substitutes, and whatever sauce your heart desires! Pro tip: would be perfect with my creamy vegan tomato sauce, linked here.

broccoli chicken meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara on plates
broccoli chicken meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara on plates

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and easy to make. I try to keep things as simple as possible in the kitchen, while still finding ways to increase the nutrient-density of my meals.

Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies to add to any dish. It has wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as the ability to help prevent cancer. Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage) are also great for hormonal balance. Powerhouse ingredients!

These meatballs are perfect for some easy meal prep. Toss them with pasta, veggie noodles, or even in a salad. I can’t wait to hear how you guys are enjoying these :)!

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Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 meatball 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


Simple broccoli chicken meatballs.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets, very finely diced
  • 1 lb ground chicken, organic if possible
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  2. Dice the broccoli very finely. Heat a large pan over medium heat, then add the olive oil and broccoli. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just soft and bright green. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl, then add broccoli after letting it cool. Use clean hands to combine all of the meatball ingredients- be sure to mix well so seasonings get evenly mixed.
  4. Form into 15-16 meatballs and line them up on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 28-30 minutes, until cooked through and tops are slightly browned. 

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Paleo, Recipes


Mar 3, 2020

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

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  1. Katie says:

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were so delicious! My boyfriend was also a huge fan.

  2. Taylor Haddock says:

    Obsessed with these! Make these a 2nd time this week!

  3. Dana says:

    Love chicken meatballs and these are sooooo good and a fun way to change them up!

  4. Madeleine says:

    DELICIOUS! So easy to make.

  5. Katie says:

    These are amazing!! Made with chopped spinach instead of broccoli since I didn’t have any broccoli on hand, and they turned out great! So easy to make – I’m so glad to have found this recipe! Will definitely be making again ☺️

  6. Jessica says:

    This was amazing!!! I made these tonight for my sister and I and we both loved – excited to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

  7. Shelley says:

    My entire family loves this recipe! We make it once every week!

  8. Alexandra says:

    This recipe is awesome! So simple yet delicious! Made this for the second time and served with spaghetti squash. So great for leftovers too! Thank you!

  9. Molly McHugo says:

    Mia has seriously mastered everything that includes broccoli lol, these are my all-time favorite meatballs to make for any dish! I love the hidden veggies, you seriously don’t even notice them but they’re delicious either way.

  10. Kelsey Regan says:

    These were so great!! I made it with a flax egg instead of a real egg and it worked really well! I had them with spaghetti squash and it was delightful.

  11. Barry says:

    I have made these meatballs one bazillion times. It’s one of my favorite recipes of all time! I typically serve with veggies on the side and some taziki sauce for dipping! I double the recipe so I have some protein for lunch the rest of the week. I’m obsessed!

  12. Aubrie says:

    Couldn’t be better such a fresh and light meatball I’m so happy I doubled this recipe

  13. BL says:

    I’m just dropping in again to say that this is the best recipe on the internet. I have made it AT LEAST 100 times. And now modifying it (no salt) for my baby who is starting solids. Its the only protein I can get her to consistently eat.

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