How to Cook Eggless Italian Chicken Meatballs

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Learn how to prepare Italian chicken meatballs with no eggs.
Learn how to prepare Italian chicken meatballs with no eggs. | Source

Meatballs are typically made with ground meat mixed with other ingredients like vegetables, seasonings, and binders. As a health-conscious meat lover, I enjoy making meatballs with ground chicken because the meat tends to be leaner.

Binders, which help bind the ingredients together, could be eggs, breadcrumbs, oatmeal, or flour. In my recipe, I replaced the eggs with milk.

Ingredients | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 16 meatballs


  • 250 grams chicken, minced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


For Preparation:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 4 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • spatula


  1. In a bowl, add milk, basil, black pepper, oregano, and salt. Stir.
  2. Mix in oatmeal. Allow it to absorb all the liquid.
  3. Add onion, all-purpose flour, and ground chicken. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Cover the bowl. Let the mixture rest inside the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  5. Remove the chicken mixture from the refrigerator.
  6. One tablespoon at a time, roll the chicken mixture into balls. Arrange each rolled meatball on a plate.
  7. Pan-fry the meatballs. Turn meatballs from time to time to evenly cook.
  8. Remove the meatballs from the pan once all sides have become golden brown.
  9. Serve with rice or pasta . . . or on their own!

Step-by-Step Procedure: Eggless Italian Chicken Meatballs

Tips and Techniques

  • Serve the meatballs with your favorite dip, such as aioli sauce.
  • Let the chicken mixture rest to absorb all the flavors.
  • Replace oatmeal with breadcrumbs.
  • Use the meatballs as toppings for your favorite pasta dish.

The completed meatballs recipe, panlasang pinoy.
The completed meatballs recipe, panlasang pinoy. | Source

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        9 months ago from Manila

        Hi Liz,

        Aside form the texture, egg serves as a binding agent for meatball mixture. And one of the closes ingredients that I can use is milk since it's the only liquid in our recipe.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        9 months ago from Manila

        Hello Larry,

        This recipe of eggless Italian chicken meatballs is something you can easily cook at home too.

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        Liz Westwood 

        9 months ago from UK

        This is a helpful and well-described recipe. I had never thought of using milk instead of egg before.

      • Larry Slawson profile image

        Larry Slawson 

        9 months ago from North Carolina

        Looks delicious!


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