ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs

meatballs recipe

Get ready to taste the most delicious meatballs ever! Ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs are simple to make and hard to stop eating!

Italian Meatballs Homemade

Ground chicken seasoned with some tasty beef chorizo makes the recipe just a tad bit healthier! However, if you want to choose another type of ground meat, please do so!

There’s just so much flavor in the seasoning mixture, I’m thinking you’re not going to believe you’re eating ground chicken, which sometimes doesn’t have much flavor!

Homemade Italian Meatballs

There’s nothing complicated about making these homemade Italian meatballs.

All you have to do is play in the big mixing bowl bringing all the ingredients together, roll them into balls (your size of the ball is optional), either brown them in a skillet or bake in the oven, then simmer for a while in a really good brand of jarred marinara sauce! Yep, that’s it!

Old Fashioned Italian Meatballs

Now these are old school and old fashioned kinds of balls. Nothing fancy. Just good flavor and some delicious seasonings blended in. 

Using the chorizo adds a big dimension of packed flavor to the ground chicken. Actually, ground chicken alone can be kind of bland. It just doesn’t pack the flavor because there’s not that much ‘fat’. So that’s why we’re ramping up the flavor of the ground chicken (or turkey) with the chorizo. 

Easy Italian Meatballs

We’re definitely meatball lovers in our family. And, when the grandkids come, this is precisely what they want!

Over the  years, I’ve created variations of recipes like these asiago fresh herb meatballs and pesto meatballs

And, for something really fun, try my meatloaf meatballs. Really, isn’t that kind of what meatballs are, little round meatloaf mixtures. Or maybe it’s the other way around! 

ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs

meatballs recipe

ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs

Yield: Makes About 12-15 meatballs!


  • 1 ½ lb. ground chicken
  • ½ lb. beef chorizo
  • 1 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. red chili flakes, optional to add less if you prefer less spicy
  • 2 Tbl. Italian herb mixture
  • 2 Tbl. Braggs Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbl. fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar (40 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, chorizo, salt, pepper, salt, pepper, garlic granules, onion powder, smoked paprika, red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, nutritional yeast seasoning, eggs, parsley and bread crumbs. Work all the ingredients together very well with your hands. Blend and mix well to incorporate everything.
  2. Roll into about 15 equal sized meatballs. Put on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  3. Heat a large skillet (12”+) on medium high. Add the olive oil. Place about half of the meatballs in and turn and brown.
  4. Remove with tongs to cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining meatballs.
  5. Add the marinara sauce to the skillet and all the browned meatballs. Cover and simmer cook on low about an hour. Before serving add the fresh basil to the sauce and blend.


It's perfectly fine to substitute other ground meats, pork, turkey, beef, lamb. Italian sausage.

OPTIONAL: You can put the meatballs in the oven. Preheat to 350 and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the dry Italian seasoning, you can substitute the Italian Herb Paste.

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ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs

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  1. Can you bake these? If so what temp and how long?

    1. Dustin…you could back the meatballs. I think doing the frying gives them a nice subtle crunch. You could do it a couple of ways. Pan fry exterior of meatballs then transfer to 350 oven, cover and cook about 20 minutes then put in your sauce and let those juices marry with sauce. Or put meatballs in pan, bake (350F) about 30 minutes and transfer (scrape out all the juices and stuff in the pan!) to your sauce. Keep in mind, Dustin, that the amount of time you cook these meatballs depends upon the size of the meatball. Mine are usually about golf ball size. I’m so excited to hear back from you once you make this recipe! Enjoy, my friend, and I so appreciate your visiting often here in Ally’s Kitchen! xoxo ~ally

  2. JULIE M BARTON says:

    I live in a small town and can not get the ingredients mentioned but would love to try this recipe what can I substitute for Italian Herbs Stir-In-Paste and Braggs Nutritional Seasoning? I think I will be able to find the General Tso’s Chicken Seasoning Mix but not sure. Hope you can help

    1. Hi, Julie! Thanks for those great questions…actually, you can order on both on Amazon and have them delivered right to your house or mailbox. I have links below the recipe where you can click to Amazon. Now, IF you don’t do Amazon, then I’d suggest you look at WalMart. They do have both Braggs and other brands. Check this link: WalMart also carries the stir-in herb paste (according to Google!). Hope this helps…these meatballs are crazy good!! Thanks for being a super supporter! xo ~ally

  3. The chicken meatballs look absolutely amazing! I so agree with you, Ally, there is nothing better than marrying different cultural flavors into a dish! I wish I could reach the dish through my computer screen! Looks so yummy!!

    1. Oh, you’re too sweet, Hadia! And, yes, we both believe in merging beautiful cultural palates w/our food! I mean it’s only better w/diversity!! xoxo Thank you, luv!

  4. Wow! Chicken and chorizo in one meatball. The perfect balance of fats and flavor. So love this dish!

    1. I sure hope so, Miss Pea!! I must say Ben LOVED LOVED them!! xo Thank you!

  5. Wow these sounds fabulous I think I found a new meatball I may just be in love with …bet they smell fabulous cooking too!

    1. Oh, now, my sweet, Claudia! You are the meatball diva! And, I hope these meet up to your expectations! Yes, they smell awesome cooking! It’s hard to resist!! Thanks, luv xox

  6. Lori McLain says:

    Man….does it get any better?!!❣️My favorite flavors literally ROLLED into one spectacular dish❣️

    1. Lori Girl!!!! Do you KNOW how much I wuzzzzzzzzzz you!! Yes, Ben and I both had these meatballs this morning for brekkie…even better!! xoxo Thank you!!

  7. Ronda Hall says:

    Where do you purchase your beef chorizo and is it the fresh or smoked kind?

    1. Hi, Ronda! I get my beef chorizo at our local market. But, I’ve also found it at places like Krogers (City Market). It’s packaged (I think 7-8 oz. roll). Not smoked. Here’s the brand I use: It’s probably available on Amazon (but you’d have to buy several packages). These meatballs are sooooooooooooo good!! Thanks for visiting, luv!

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