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spaghetti with meatballs recipe

Spaghetti with chicken meatballs | Spaghetti Recipes

This is an easy homestyle spaghetti recipe with healthy chicken meatballs that is really delicious and is perfect for a weeknight dinner with friends or family.
Course Dinner, Lunch/Meal
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spaghetti with chicken meatballs, spaghetti with meatballs recipe
recipe spaghetti with meatballs recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 231kcal


For around 20 medium sized meatballs

  • ¾ lb. Chicken mince
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2-3 sprigs basil you may use rosemary or parsley too
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs made with 2 bread slices
  • salt to taste

For the spaghetti:

  • 1 packet spaghetti or 500 gm.

For the tomato sauce:

  • 2 cups Tomato puree
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1 chilli finely chopped
  • Basil leaves large handful
  • 1 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper powder
  • tsp. oregano powder
  • 2 tbsp. grated cheese
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil for cooking


How to make healthy chicken meatballs

  • To make the meatballs, mince together chicken breast with chopped basil, black pepper, salt and chopped garlic. 
  • Break the egg in a bowl and beat it lightly. Now add the egg and fresh breadcrumbs to the chicken mince mix and mix well.
  • Form meatballs of the desired size with your hands. 

For skillet or pan frying meatballs

  • Heat one tbsp. oil on the skillet and cook the meatballs by moving them around till they are browned.

For Air frying meatballs

  • Preheat Air fryer to 200 C or 390 F for minutes. Then Air fry for about 10-12 minutes till they are done and lightly browned. Brush/spray your meatballs and the basket with a little oil.

For Making Spaghetti

  • Cook your spaghetti according to instructions on the pack while you start preparing the sauce. 
  • That takes about 8-10 minutes in salted boiling water. Now drain the spaghetti and reserve some of the water to add to the sauce if it is too dry.

For Making the sauce

  • This takes about 7-8 minutes. Put in the chopped basil leaves. Add salt, sugar and pepper along with oregano. Taste and check seasoning.
  • In a saucepan, lightly saute finely chopped onion in olive oil till transparent. Now add in the garlic and pepper and fry for a couple of minutes more. Pour in the tomato puree and cook for some time.
  • Now put in the cooked meatballs and cook it for a few minutes in the tomato sauce. 
  • Just before taking it off the heat, put in some grated cheese. Don't allow the sauce to become very thick. If needed add a little reserve water that you kept while cooking pasta. Put the cooked pasta back in pan and take some of the tomato sauce and mix well with pasta. Leave the rest of the sauce with meatballs to serve on top.
  • Your spaghetti with meatballs are ready to serve.


I make breadcrumbs by throwing the bread slices in the blender for a couple of minutes. 
You can shallow fry or deep fry the meatballs in vegetable oil till golden brown before adding to the sauce. I prefer sauteing or air frying.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 4mg