Spiced Chicken Meatballs in Split Pea Pilaf

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Quick Facts

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 55 min.
Total: 1 hr. 25 min.
Spiced chicken meatballs served alongside a pilaf that's loaded with apricots and walnuts—delicious.


  • Spiced Chicken Meatballs2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
  • Split Pea Pilaf1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 16 oz yellow split peas
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 3 Tbs mint, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray sheet tray with non-stick vegetable spray.
  • In medium bowl, blend together ground chicken, bread crumbs, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and half of the chopped parsley.
  • Knead mixture with hands until it is smooth. Wet hands and form mixture into meatballs, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place meatballs on prepared sheet tray; bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • In very large soup pot, warm olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in split peas, chicken broth, apricots, and walnuts. Gently stir in meatballs. Increase heat to high; bring broth to a boil. Cover pan; reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes, until split peas are tender. Stir in remaining parsley, chives, mint, salt, and pepper.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 565
  Calories from Fat 183 (32%)
(31%)Total Fat 20g
(20%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(43%)Cholesterol 128mg
(52%)Sodium 1243mg
(25%)Potassium 861mg
Total Carbohydrate 49g
(57%)Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 12g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(95%)Protein 47g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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