You really can't go wrong with this Lemon Garlic Basil Butter Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs for dinner! The spaghetti is so easy to whip up with pantry staples and the chicken meatballs are freezer friendly so make a batch then freeze them for when you need them!
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Lemon Garlic Basil Butter Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs

You really can’t go wrong with this Lemon Garlic Basil Butter Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs for dinner! The spaghetti is so easy to whip up with pantry staples and the chicken meatballs are freezer friendly so make a batch then freeze them for when you need them!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Healthy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 584kcal
Author Carmy

Ingredients

Chicken Meatballs

  • 2 lbs chicken
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp pepper
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1 drizzle olive oil optional

Lemon Garlic Basil Butter Spaghetti

  • 9 oz spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp garlic
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 1 zest of lemon
  • 2 tbsp pasta water
  • parmesan the more the merrier
  • 1 handful basil

Instructions

Chicken Meatballs

  • Heat the oven to 400F
  • While the oven is heating, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, panko, parmesan cheese, and one egg (optional: drizzle of olive oil) together and then mix it into the ground chicken. Do not over mix.
  • Shape the meatballs (I used my little cookie scooper to portion out my meatballs so they’re the same sized to make sure they cook evenly). As your meatballs will get denser as they cook, avoid overpacking/over-rolling your meat.
  • On a sheet pan, place a piece of parchment paper or spray with non-stick, then place your meatballs on the sheet pan without over crowding them. Pop them into the oven for around 25 minutes or until they're cooked through.

Lemon Garlic Basil Butter Spaghetti

  • Bring a salted pot of water to a boil before dropping your spaghetti in. 
  • Cook your noodles to the direction on the packet then drain them, saving around a cup of pasta water for later.
  • In a large skillet, melt your butter and add your garlic in, the more garlic the better!
  • Once the garlic has soften, add in your noodles, coating them in the butter. Then add the juice of a whole lemon and lemon zest. Add a tbsp or two of your pasta water if needed. Once everything is mixed together, stir in some chopped basil and top of a generous helping of parmesan cheese!
  • Once done, combine with the chicken meatballs and serve.

Notes

If you want it to be a little bit more creamy or if your noodles are getting stuck together, add a little bit more of the pasta water.

Nutrition

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14.4% | Vitamin C: 8.5% | Calcium: 14.3% | Iron: 14.7%