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Chicken, lemon & ricotta meatballs with linguine served in a bowl

Chicken, lemon & ricotta meatballs with linguine

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Flavour-packed, easy to make and nutritious – our zesty chicken meatballs tick all the boxes for a family meal

Nutrition: Per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal628
fat15g
saturates6g
carbs69g
sugars6g
high infibre8g
protein49g
salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 200g ricotta
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 150g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100ml milk, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 25g plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g linguine
  • 320g green beans, trimmed and halved

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cut the chicken into very small pieces using a sharp knife. You can use a food processor, but pulse so it doesn’t turn into a paste. Put in a bowl and add half the lemon zest, half the ricotta, half the parsley, the breadcrumbs and mix together. Add the 2 tbsp milk, the egg and a good pinch of seasoning. Mix again.

  • STEP 2

    Dust a plate lightly with flour. Wet your hands, take a golf ball-sized piece of the meatball mixture and roll into a ball. Set on the floured plate and repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

  • STEP 3

    Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, then the meatballs, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Cook for 10-15 mins, turning so they brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, heat a large pan of salted water and add the linguine. Cook following pack instructions, and 3 mins before the end of the cooking time, add the green beans. Drain, saving the pasta water. Rinse the linguine and beans under cool water to stop them cooking further.

  • STEP 5

    Add the remaining ricotta to the frying pan, breaking it up as much as possible. Pour in the 100ml milk and 2 tbsp of reserved pasta water, then cook down to thicken slightly for a couple of minutes. Add the pasta, beans and remaining lemon zest and parsley. Season to taste, mix in the meatballs and serve.

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