Goat Cheese Spinach Chicken Meatballs

There was no turkey or mashed potatoes or any pumpkin on my dining table this year. We are in India at the moment where there are very few i.e. 1 or 2 restaurants in the entire city of millions that host Thanksgiving for the expat population. But there was this amazing gratitude lesson for my 4 year old and a reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for.
When a beggar approaches our car at a traffic signal in India, my 4 year old asks me – “Does he have nothing?”. My response – “yes”. A few moments later she asks again – “he has no home? no food? no family? and some clothes?”. Me – “possibly”. A few moments later she says – “I have a lot! I have a house. I have a mummy, a daddy and a brother. I am lucky”. Me — “yes, you are blessed”. And just like that I was reminded of all the little things I need to be thankful for, that I often take for granted.

You know what else is amazing? These Goat Cheese Spinach Chicken Meatballs! They are absolutely amazing. Did I also mention that you can actually make it without Goat Cheese if you are not a fan of it?

Here’s the recipe: (makes: 25-30 meatballs)

1 lbs minced chicken
1.5 cups frozen chopped spinach
3 small shallots thinly finely sliced
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1.5 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lime
Oil for frying

Mix all the above ingredients together and roll small balls from the mixture. Heat a pan with oil in it. Fry the balls till they are brown. Serve as a appetizer by itself or use as a meatball in meatball pasta sauce.

Variation – If your kids don’t like to see the “green” leaves, you could puree the spinach and add the puree to the chicken mixture.

Enjoy! Let the Holiday Season begin!


  1. These look great! I’ll bet they freeze well, too. Sadly, I would probably have to puree the spinach to get my little one to eat them though. She’s got a thing against any sort of specks in her food lately. She wants smooth and clean looking food. Ah, the joys of a three year old.

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