Spinach Artichoke Dip Chicken Meatballs

A simple and yummy twist on the FAMOUS Dip , these Knorr spinach artichoke chicken meatballs will blow your mind, also KETO & LOW CARB approved. absolutely wow your friends and family. Made in one skillet and ready in 20 minutes with a creamy Parmesan sauce to smother them in. 

keto spinach artichoke chicken meatballs in skillet.

Chicken Meatballs Made Like the Spinach Dip

Spinach artichoke anything is a family favorite in our house. Usually served as a dip, it is known for it's creamy, cheesy texture. Chopped spinach and artichokes are mixed together with Parmesan, cheddar, usually a little mayonnaise and a few other ingredients depending on the recipe. The dip is then served warm with chips, bread or in our case, veggies. It was the inspiration for these keto spinach & artichoke dip chicken meatballs. 

Think Outside The Chicken Breast

 Let's face it- spinach artichoke dip is amazing and hugely popular. So much so, that it has now been a flavor profile for chicken breast, pizza, stuffed breads and more. We decided to skip the breast and opt for some healthy ground chicken for these meatballs and try something new. It worked fantastically. We use the famous Knorr packet to make it easier and taste more like spinach artichoke dip. 

meatballs in skillet with spinach.

What is Knorr Spinach Artichoke Dip

Knorr is a brand of packaged pastas, seasonings and other things. One of their most famous items is the spinach artichoke dip packet. It gives you all the flavors of restaurant dip right at home. Like ranch seasoning, it can be used to for many other dishes like our spinach artichoke chicken meatballs, additionally the packet is low in carbs for keto. 

Keto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Meatballs

This recipe is naturally keto and lower carb, meaning there are no special ingredients or diet to follow to make, eat and enjoy them. They are perfect for anyone on or off the keto diet. Sometimes the phrase "keto" scares away those who don't follow the diet from certain recipes, however many of the recipes fit any way of eating. 

Making Our Chicken Meatballs

Full recipe card below

Makes 9 large 2.5 oz meatballs. Serves 3  (can be altered to make smaller meatballs. Recalculate your nutrition facts on a website like Very Well    

Ingredients

  • 12 oz ground chicken
  • ½ cup canned artichokes, drained, finely chopped
  • ½ cup spinach, cooked, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ c crushed pork rinds
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or shaker
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon Knorr Vegetable Dip Seasoning from packet

For the Parmesan Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream - Sub for half & half, Almond Milk or your choice
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum- Sub your desired thickening agent if your diet allows
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, crushed or garlic powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or shaker
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh Spinach to add at the end (optional)

Directions

Combine all chicken meatball ingredients into a medium bowl.

ground chicken and cheese in bowl.

Using a scoop (we just used our hands and a scale),  measure mixture into enough to roll 9 large meatballs. 

Preheat oven to 350°. 

gloved hand holding a rolled meatball.

Heat a skillet on medium, lightly spray or drizzle with olive oil.  

Place meatballs in the skillet. Sear until a nice browned crust forms, about 3 minutes.

This pan looks dry, but it isn't.  It's a FANTASTIC non-stick skillet so only takes a light spray of oil. 

meatball in skillet.

Flip meatballs, using a spoon will protect the meatballs from getting crushed. Push them against the side of the pan and just do a quick scoop and slip. 

wooden spoon flipping chicken meatballs.

Let the meatballs brown on the other side while you gather the ingredients for the cream sauce. 

browned ground chicken in skillet.

Use a measuring cup or small bowl to whisk the xanthan gum into the cream. Add the parmesan cheese and garlic.  Mix.   

Pour into the pan.  Cream will begin to bubble immediately. Remove from heat. 

Mmm spinach artichoke chicken meatballs covered in parmesan cheese and sauce. 

parmesan cream sauce in skillet with meatball.

RECIPE Note- We intentionally made a very small amount of cream sauce. You can certainly double the recipe if desired.

Place skillet in the oven, uncovered and bake for 15 minutes or until middle reaches 165°. 

Garnish with fresh spinach and serve with zoodles, cauliflower rice (or your favorite pasta if your diet allows). 

keto spinach artichoke chicken meatballs in skillet.

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fork and plate.

 

keto spinach artichoke chicken

 

knorr spinach dip with chicken meatballs in skillet.

Check out another popular recipe-  Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke

Or our Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

 

knorr spinach artichoke dip meatballs keto on plate.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Meatballs

Yield: 9 Meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 12 oz ground chicken
  • ½ cup canned artichokes, drained, finely chopped
  • ½ cup spinach, cooked, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crushed pork rinds
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or shaker
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon Knorr Vegetable Dip Seasoning Packet
  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • ½ cup heavy cream – Sub for half & half, Almond Milk or your choice
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum- Sub your desired thickening agent if your diet allows
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or shaker
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh Spinach to add at the end, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Using a scoop (we just used our hands and a scale), measure mixture into enough to roll 9 large meatballs.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°
  4. Heat a skillet on medium, lightly spray or drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Place meatballs in the skillet. Sear until a nice browned crust forms, about 3 minutes.
  6. This pan looks dry, but it isn’t. It’s a FANTASTIC non-stick skillet so only takes a light spray of oil.
  7. Flip meatballs, using a spoon will protect the meatballs from getting crushed. Push them against the side of the pan and just do a quick scoop and slip.
  8. Let the meatballs brown on the other side while you gather the ingredients for the cream sauce.
  9. Use a measuring cup or small bowl to whisk the xanthan gum into the cream. Add the parmesan cheese and garlic. Mix.
  10. Pour into the pan. Cream will begin to bubble immediately. Remove from heat
  11. Place skillet in the oven, uncovered and bake for 15 minutes or until middle reaches 165°.
  12. Garnish with fresh spinach and serve with zoodles, cauliflower rice (or your favorite pasta if your diet allows).
  13. We intentionally made a small amount of sauce, double the recipe for more.

Notes

KNORR PACKET- The Seasoning packet only adds 6 carbs for the whole dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 27gNet Carbohydrates: 3gProtein: 30g

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