Chicken Meatball Soup is a delicious blend of tender meatballs in a light flavorful tomato broth, perfect for those cold winter evenings.
I chose to use ground chicken for my meatballs because they’re flavorful and aren’t as greasy as pork or beef. I threw in some leafy vegetables to up the health factor and cannellini beans to make a heartier soup.
Key Ingredients in the Chicken Meatball Soup
Meatballs are such a versatile dish. Every time I make them, I switch up the combination of proteins, herbs, and spices. You can use them in a variety of ways. I’m talkin’ sauces, pasta, sandwiches, and of course soups!
Turmeric is full of antioxidants. Because of this, I try to include it in many of my recipes. Turmeric is that robust flavor you taste in most curry powders. It elevates the flavor in Chicken Meatball Soup from basic to rich and bold.
Flavor aside, turmeric gives the meatballs a pop of color.
Beans are a healthy protein to add to your diet. Cannellini beans in particular are high in soluble fiber and low in fat. They’re smooth and add a slightly nutty flavor to meals. For these reasons, they’re an excellent addition to soup. They are commonly used in Italian dishes like minestrone soup and bean salads.
How do you keep meatballs moist?
Use cold ingredients.
No one likes a dried out meatball. In order to ensure your meatballs are nice and juicy, make sure your ingredients are cold when you mix them together. The science behind this is, you preserve the fat, ensuring it doesn’t melt before you place it in the pot.
Do NOT overmix.
When you’re combining ingredients, it’s tempting to mix at a fast pace. I’ll admit, when I’m using my hands I have definitely spent too much time on mixing. You think you’re just making sure all the ingredients are evenly spread but it’s actually counterintuitive.
Overmixing toughens the meat and makes for a more rubbery texture. Mix gently instead. For the best results, stop as soon as everything is combined.
Pro Tip: Oil your hands with whatever fat you’re using in your recipe so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands.