Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Tarragon Sauce

Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Tarragon Sauce

What's for dinner?  You know that dreaded question, right?  Day after day after day.  So I'm here today with another option.  I can whip up a batch of meatballs very quickly so it's a frequent go-to meal whenever I have any ground meat.  But that just means it can get a little boring.  A fun sauce, though, makes all the difference.

Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Ground chicken makes a surprisingly tender meatball and easily absorbs the flavor of whatever sauce it's in.  So, great taste and less saturated fat equals total win.  A creamy sauce that's actually made without cream - more win.  A touch (it's powerful stuff) of tarragon for that extra something something and a boring meatball dinner is suddenly crave worthy.  Total win.  Enjoy!













Ingredients

Meatballs:
1 lb. Ground chicken breast
1 Onion, peeled and finely diced
4 Cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 Egg
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs (I used seasoned panko)
1/2 Cup chopped parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

Sauce:
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 Cup all purpose flour
3 Cups chicken stock (I used canned low sodium)
1 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Salt & pepper to taste

Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Tarragon Sauce
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.  Using a 1 oz. scoop or your hands, scoop the balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce by melting the butter in a large skillet.  Whisk in the flour until it's fully incorporated into the butter and then slowly whisk in the chicken stock.  Cook on low to medium heat for a few minutes until it begins to thicken.  Add the milk and tarragon and season with salt and pepper.

Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.  Makes 4 servings.

6 comments:

  1. Love this. Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs. This looks so good right now!

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  2. This is looking so good, I wish I could dig in right now! Also very nice pictures!

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  3. this is seriously so delicious and SO creamy. craving a bowl now!!

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  4. I think my kids would love this; pinned!

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  5. Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs. I would need a big chunk of bread to make sure I soak up every drop of this sauce. Yum!

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  6. This looks fabulous! Pinned. ;)

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