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Wegmans Spicy Chicken Meatballs & Sauce

Save this one for the weekend, and have fun! Wegmans Executive Chef Russell Ferguson uses chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to help turn up the heat in this homemade sauce. It simmers to perfection while you get the meatballs rolling. This recipe is always a crowd-pleaser and if great for entertaining.
Ingredients
For the sauce
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon (Wegmans)
  Red onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), thinly sliced
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced (Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Peeled)
  Shallot 1 , minced (Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Peeled)
  Red wine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole peeled tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 can Italian Classics Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes)
  Roma tomatoes 2 Large, chopped finely
  Chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce 1 Tablespoon (sauce only)
  Thyme sprigs 12 (Food You Feel Good About Fresh)
  Rosemary sprigs 2 (Food You Feel Good About Fresh)
  Salt To Taste
For the meatballs
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced (Food You Feel Good About Peeled)
  Ground chicken 2 Pound (Food You Feel Good About Fresh Organic)
  Lean ground veal 1 Pound (Wegmans 85% Lean Fresh Ground Veal)
  Thyme 1 Teaspoon, chopped finely (Food You Feel Good About Fresh)
  Italian parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely (Food You Feel Good About Fresh)
  Roasted tomatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce 1 Tablespoon, minced (only peppers)
  Eggs 2 Large (Wegmans)
  Panko bread crumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Wegmans)
Directions

MAKING
To make the sauce -
1.Heat olive oil in pot on medium; add onion. Cook, about 5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and shallot; cook 2-3 minutes until softened.
2. Add wine then increase heat to medium high. Simmer about 5 minutes, until reduced to about 1 Tbsp.
3. Add canned and fresh tomatoes, adobo sauce, thyme, and rosemary. Give a good stir then reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer gently for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
4. When the sauce is done, remove herb sprigs and puree the sauce with a handheld blender until smooth. Add salt to taste. You can make this sauce in advance and refrigerate or freeze it.
To make Meatballs -
5. While the sauce is simmering, you can prepare the meatballs. Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F.
6. Heat olive oil in small pan on medium then add shallot and garlic. Cook about 2 minutes, until softened. Take off heat and set aside to cool.
7. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, veal, thyme, parsley, tomatoes, peppers, eggs, shallot-garlic mixture, and panko breadcrumbs. Mix until well-combined. Season with salt.
8. Form meatballs by cupping about 3 tablespoon meat mixture in clean hands and rolling until smooth. Arrange on a baking sheet, about 1 1/2-inches apart. (The recipe makes approximately 36 meatballs.)
9. Bake meatballs for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until slightly brown. The inside should remain raw. You can also saute the meatballs in a large pan if you do not have an oven.
10 Once the sauce is prepared, add meatballs to simmering sauce on low, in small stockpot.
11. Cook gently, stirring occasionally to coat with sauce, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Check by inserting thermometer halfway into thickest part of meatball, This takes about 25-30 minutes.

SERVING
12. Serve the Spicy Chicken Meatballs over pasta or rice. You can also serve it with a spaghetti squash gratin. Garnish the meatballs with fresh parsley, basil or rosemary.
13. Leftover meatballs and sauce also makes a great filling for subs.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian American
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 266 Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g17%

Saturated Fat 3.2 g16.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 131.3 mg43.8%

Sodium 329 mg13.7%

Total Carbohydrates 13 g4.4%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8.1%

Sugars 4.6 g

Protein 24 g48.7%

Vitamin A 22.1% Vitamin C 31.7%

Calcium 5.9% Iron 9.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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