Chicken-Sausage Meatballs with Zucchini

Surprise! The zucchini in this recipe isn't spiralized veggie noodles; instead, we snuck the veggie into the chicken and turkey meatballs. Of course, if you want a double-dose, you could serve your meatballs and marinara over zoodles.

Chicken-Sausage Meatballs with Zucchini
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Freeze Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
36 meatballs


  • 1 ½ cup finely shredded zucchini

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup fine dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 pound ground uncooked chicken

  • 1 pound bulk ground uncooked turkey or pork sausage


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a colander with paper towels; add zucchini. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp. of the salt over zucchini. Let stand 20 minutes, pressing occasionally to remove moisture.

  2. In a large bowl combine the zucchini, the remaining salt, and the next seven ingredients (through pepper). Add chicken and sausage; mix well. Shape mixture into 36 meatballs; place in a greased or foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake about 25 minutes or until meatballs are done (165°F). Drain off fat.

  3. Cool meatballs after baking. Place meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm. Transfer meatballs to resealable freezer bags or freezer containers. Seal and freeze up to 3 months. Add frozen meatballs to your favorite sauce. Heat for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.


To use, add to marinara sauce or stir into soups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
3g Fat
2g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Folate, total 4.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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