13 September 2019 Lorraine 0Comment
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I had a wonderful day today. My friend and I went shopping all day, she knows every little nook and cranny in Johannesburg. I visited a new spice shop, an Italian deli and an art shop. I am so excited because I bought canvasses to finally paint again. I am not the most creative but painting is also another form of therapy so I am so looking forward to it. I took a few art classes but my art teacher was a horror so I didn’t enjoy it much. But I am excited to try again.

We did loads of shopping and wow this Italian Deli, IIformaggio, was absolutely amazing and it is right on my doorstep which I never even knew existed. They sell everything Italian, from pastas to biscuits, Italian ice-cream and cheese, OMG I was in heaven.  It was definitely an Italian kind of day as I also made Italian Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with gooey cheese. It was totally yum!

Quick and Easy Chicken Meatballs in tomato sauce and gooey cheese

These Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce can be served with on a bed of pasta or some mashed potato or zucchini noodles. I guess it will work however you wish to serve them. They are light, juicy and delicious. I seared my meatballs in a little olive oil poured the tomato sauce over with some slices of cheese and popped it into the oven. How can anyone resist cheese!

Quick and Easy Chicken Meatballs in tomato sauce and gooey cheese

I did not add any breadcrumbs to my meatballs so it’s also gluten free. Instead I rolled my meatballs into some chickpea flour just to hold it together and they turned out perfect. Some days I am so clever, I even surprise myself and other days I don’t know what happens…haha!

When cooking the meatballs also keep a close eye on them, you don’t want overcooked meatballs. If you overcook them they will be hard and dry.

Some of my other favourite dishes:

Spanish Rice and Chicken

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Parmesan Chicken


Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Quick and easy delicious Italian chicken meatballs in a rich tomato sauce and gooey cheese
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken, gluten free, italian meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 435kcal


Tomato Sauce

  • 1x400 gram can of Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn dried italian herbs
  • 1/2 tspn dried oregano
  • salt
  • sugar only if required

Chicken Meatballs

  • 500 gram chicken mince
  • 2 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tspn dried oregano
  • 2 tspn fresh thyme leaves only
  • 2 tspn chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 5 slices mozzarella cheese


Tomato Sauce

  • Add the olive oil, bay leaf and onion to a saucepan and cook the onion until translucent. Add the chilli and garlic and sauté for a minute
  • Add the Italian herbs and oregano and let it fry for a few seconds
  • Add the tomatoes. Season with salt. Add a little sugar if tomatoes are too acidic. Simmer on low heat until tomatoes are cooked and oil surfaces to the top, about 10 minutes

Chicken Meatballs

  • Mix all the garlic, Italian herbs, oregano, thyme and chilli flakes together. Add the chicken mince, beaten egg and parmesan and give it a light mix. Season with salt
  • Divide mixture into 12 portions and make them into balls
  • Roll each ball into the chickpea flour and finish off into a neat ball
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Turn on the grill function in your oven
  • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil and fry the chicken meatballs, just until they are brown on both sides. Doesn't have to be fully cooked as it will cook further in the oven
  • Place them in an ovenproof dish, pour the tomato sauce over and place some mozzarella slices on top. Pop it into the oven for a few minutes, about 5-8 minutes just until cheese is melted


  1. You can use the tomatoes as it is or you can blend them if you prefer a smooth sauce
  2. The cheese is optional. You can use fry the meatballs and use the tomato sauce as the dip
  3. If you do not have chickpea flour you can use a little cake wheat flour

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