Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs (Provencal Style)

It’s a lighter but super tasty meatball with chicken and Mediterranean aromatics. Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs are done quickly in an Air fryer and are easy to freeze and pop on a salad, wrap or lunch box.

Meatballs are usually made with pork or beef, but why not make them with chicken to keep them light? It could also be turkey, rabbit, or any lean meat. This way, giving them a lovely Provencal twist is possible by adding dried tomatoes, capers or olives, parsley, thyme, olive oil, shallot and garlic. I love an umami touch, so I’ve added cashews and nutritional yeast to give the grilled bits around the meatball this perfect cheesy taste without the calories! You’ll see these Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs are bursting with addictive flavours!

What is Provencal Style?

tomatoes

Provence is a region in the South of France; many great dishes originate there, like Ratatouille, Nicoise Salad, Rouille, Bouillabaise, etc. It’s a more arid and sunny place, so you’ll feel it too in the typical ingredients of Provencal style. Usually, olives would be part of the mix, which would work wonders in this recipe, too, but since we already had the capers, I chose one of the two to prevent over-salty meatballs. But if you dig more olives, switch the capers for olives.

Thyme, garlic, olive oil and flat-leaf parsley are in every dish, so this was a no-brainer. Also, I’ve used the oil directly from the dried tomatoes, which is super aromatized and saving to waste all that good stuff.

Last but not least, the dried tomatoes bring the hot sun to the meatballs. A lot of them to make sure we taste it! Careful, there is no turning back; you’ll never return to bland beef meatballs after this.

The Secret Touch

Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

This trick is a way to replace parmesan; it makes the crunchy grilled bits coming off the meatballs this parmesan taste but without any cheese involved! It’s time to shop for those two ingredients you can incorporate everywhere you want a cheese touch without the calories. Nutritional yeast and cashews! The first one you can find in stores or online in flake or powder form, while cashews are everywhere. This combo will trick cheese lovers!

Versatile Meatball

These Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs a la Provencale are great everywhere! Plus, the kids love them, so if you add them to a simple mashed potato and broccoli dish for the kiddos, parents can elevate them to a lovely Green Goddess Salad for dinner (Check the recipe here)! These freeze perfectly; add them to an airtight plastic bag and pop some out for your lunch box for a quick sandwich or wrap, salad, pasta, etc. They are versatile; you can even pop one out to snack on!

Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Storage

As previously mentioned, the meatballs can be frozen by adding them to an airtight container or hermetic bag. They would last a few weeks in the freezer and two to three days in the fridge. To reheat them, use the air fryer or microwave to warm them up.

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Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs Provencale

Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs Provencale is a fast and easy bite into the aromas of Southern France with its typical capers, dried tomato, thyme, chives, and olive oil.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: air fryer, capers, chicken, dairy-free, easy, gluten-free, healthy, meatballs, olives, patties, provencale, sun dried tomato, thyme
Servings: 30 meatballs
Calories: 812kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 10 dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 French shallot optional
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp cashews optional
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional) could be replaced by parmesan.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp capers or olives
  • chives about 20 stalks
  • parsley a handful
  • thyme two branches or equi. to a tablespoon of dry thyme.
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Cover the Air Fryer with spotted parchment paper or make your own with regular parchment and poke some holes to let the air pass.
  • Add small balls of the chicken mixture with a spoon or scoop on the parchment.
  • Cook at 180°C (350F°) for 9-10 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 812kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 104g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 289mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 2457mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs Provencale
Amount per Serving
Calories
812
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
19
g
Cholesterol
 
289
mg
96
%
Sodium
 
665
mg
29
%
Potassium
 
2457
mg
70
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
104
g
208
%
Vitamin A
 
525
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
39
mg
47
%
Calcium
 
56
mg
6
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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