Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Meatballs – the whole family will love these super tender Italian Style Chicken Meatballs in a Rich Tomato Sauce.
Who doesn’t love meatballs? Especially when served over some yummy filling cooked pasta.
Luckily on Slimming World pasta is free food, so you don’t need to feel guilty about adding it to your plate. Just add a 1/3 speed foods to naturally balance out your plate.
I’ve been loving using ground chicken lately in recipes, it’s super lean and perfect for recipes like this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Meatballs. Don’t worry if you can’t get ground chicken, as ground turkey will work just as good too.
You will notice I add breadcrumbs to my meatballs. You may be tempted to try and skip those to save the syns, but trust me, they really help to keep the meatballs nice and tender. Extra Lean mince can be a little dry on its own otherwise. If you are gluten free, ground almonds are a great substitute and have a similar syn value, so use those in place of breadcrumbs if you can’t eat gluten.
Hey if you want a slow cooker that has all the bells n whistles. Go for an Instant Pot, which is not actually a slow cooker, it’s a multi-function pressure cooker, but with a slow cooker option on it too, it can do pretty much everything.
FOR THE MEATBALLS
500g of extra lean ground chicken, raw
1/4 cup (30g) of breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 tsp of onion powder
salt and black pepper
fresh chopped parsley
FOR THE SAUCE
1.5 cups (320ml) of crushed tomatoes (or passata*)
1/3 cup (80ml) of chicken stock
2 tbs of tomato paste
1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp of dried rosemary
1 tsp of dried oregano
pinch of dried basil
fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper to season
Add all the ingredients for the sauce to a bowl, and mix till well combined.
Add into into the slow cooker.
Add the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl and mix to combine then form into meatballs. ( I made 12 decent sized ones).
Carefully drop them into the sauce and spoon some of the sauce over any uncovered ones.
Set slow cooker on low for 6 hours.
Once cooked, season to taste with salt and black pepper and sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with your choice of sides.
A little finely grated parmesan over the top synned or as part of your healthy extra A choice is a great addition.
This recipe is Dairy Free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
Extra Easy – 1.5 Syns per serving
SP/Original – 1.5 Syns per serving (serve with spiralized vegetables of choice)
WW Smart Points – 1 per serving (serve with spiralized vegetables of choice)
Gluten Free – sub the breadcrumbs for ground almonds
Whole30/Paleo – sub the breadcrumbs for ground almonds
*suitable for freezing