These Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Sauce are simple, comforting, flavorful and easy to prepare. They’re AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant and a great one-pan weeknight meal to serve with veggies.
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Meatballs are such a quick and easy way to prepare ground meat and I love them served with this creamy sauce that includes fresh rosemary and mushrooms!
Here’s what you need for these paleo/AIP Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- ground chicken (feel free to substitute ground turkey)
- fresh rosemary
- lemon zest
- sea salt
- onions and garlic
- olive oil
- mushrooms (button, baby bella or cremini work well)
- full fat, additive free coconut milk
- tapioca starch
- chicken bone broth or chicken stock (ensure ingredients are AIP compliant)
How to make these Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Both the grain-free meatballs and the dairy-free sauce use many of the same ingredients so I suggest reading through the recipe in its entirety and prepping the ingredients (chopping onions, garlic, herbs etc.) all at once before beginning to cook.
- Prepare the meatballs by combining ground chicken with finely chopped rosemary, lemon zest, sea salt, onions, garlic and olive oil.
- Heat a large skillet with olive oil, and fry meatballs 5-6 mins per side until they are nicely seared and golden brown. Remove meatballs from heat and set aside.
- To the pan, add additional olive oil and heat on low. Add minced garlic and sauté until garlic begins to brown.
- Next, add finely minced mushrooms, rosemary and lemon zest and sauté an additional 5 minutes.
- Add broth or chicken stock, coconut milk and salt and bring to a simmer.
- Make a slurry with the tapioca starch and add to pan. Whisk continuously over heat until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
- Return meatballs to sauce and cook 5 minutes more.
AIP/Paleo Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Mushroom Sauce FAQs
Can I freeze this dish?
The chicken meatballs freeze well but I would recommend making the mushroom sauce shortly before serving.
Can I replace the chicken with another protein?
This dish works really well with ground turkey in place of chicken and would probably also taste great with ground beef, though I haven’t tried myself.
Can I substitute the tapioca starch?
Yes, you can thicken this mushroom sauce using arrowroot starch. Another option is to omit the starch altogether and reduce the sauce for a longer period of time. It won’t be as thick but will taste the same.
Can I omit the coconut milk?
The coconut milk is really what provides the creaminess in this dairy-free dish. If you can’t tolerate coconut milk you could try using more broth or chicken stock and then pureeing or blending the sauce for a creamier end result.
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- Chicken Thighs with Apples
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- White Chicken Chili
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