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chicken meatballs on dairy free pasta

Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Garlic Pasta (Gluten Free, Dairy Free).

Chicken meatballs with a creamy sauce and gluten free pasta make a tasty, allergy friendly dinner that's sure to be a favorite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 685 kcal


For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken breasts
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • ¾ cups cooked potatoes I used two Yukon Gold potatoes that had been baked, and I mashed them with a fork.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

For the pasta:

  • 8 ounces gluten free penne
  • ¼ cup vegan buttery spread
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup gluten free flour blend
  • 3 cups dairy free milk I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup Daiya mozzarella shreds


Make the chicken meatballs:

  1. Place the ground chicken, shallots, cilantro, cooked potatoes, and spices 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. 

  2. Heat the oil in the skillet. Form the meat mixture into meatballs and place them in the skillet when the olive oil starts to sizzle. Cook over medium heat, turning with a spatula so that they are browned on all sides.

  3. Once the meatballs are browned, transfer them to a ceramic casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees until they are cooked through - about 15-20 minutes. The meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

  4. While the meatballs are in the oven, cook the gluten free pasta according to the directions on the package, then drain.

Make the creamy garlic sauce:

  1. In a medium sized pot, melt the vegan buttery spread. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until it becomes fragrant.

  2. Add the gluten free flour, and stir well. Cook for a few minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.

  3. Slowly add the dairy free milk and continue to stir until the sauce starts to thicken.

  4. Add the dairy free mozzarella shreds and salt and pepper, and stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated into the sauce.

  5. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir. Place some creamy pasta on each plate, and top with the cooked meatballs.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about 16 meatballs. Serving size is about 4 meatballs and 2 ounces of pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Garlic Pasta (Gluten Free, Dairy Free).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 685 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1375mg60%
Potassium 818mg23%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.