chicken meatballs and zoodles

Chicken Meatballs and Zoodles (Egg Free and Gluten Free).

Flavorful chicken meatballs are served over zoodles for a tasty grain free meal!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Dairy Free, Egg Free, gluten free, Grain Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 509 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


For the meatballs:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken thighs
  • 1 pound ground chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cups cooked potatoes (I used two Yukon Gold potatoes that had been baked, and I mashed them with a fork).
  • 1 teaspoon Italian season
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For the zoodles:

  • 4 small zucchini
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil


  1. Prepare your potatoes. I used two small Yukon Gold potatoes that I baked, then mashed with a fork. You could also use leftover mashed potatoes. 

  2. Place all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and use your hands to mix it all together. Pour the olive oil in a large skillet. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

  3. Form the meat mixture into meatballs and place them in the skillet with the olive oil. Cook over medium heat, turning so that they are browned on all sides.

  4. Once the meatballs are browned, transfer them to a ceramic baking dish. Add 1/2 cup water, and bake at 375 degrees until they are cooked through - about 15-20 minutes. The meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

  5. Once the meatballs are almost done baking, use your spiralizer to make your zucchini into zoodles. (If you don't have a spiralizer, you can just thinly slice your zucchini.

  6. Place the zoodles into a pot with the olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the zoodles are tender and bright green. 

  7. Once the zoodles are cooked, season with salt and pepper. To serve, place some zoodles on each plate and top with meatballs. Garnish with fresh basil if desired. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Meatballs and Zoodles (Egg Free and Gluten Free).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 669mg29%
Potassium 1530mg44%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 36.4mg44%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.