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Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce (Tefteli)

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These chicken meatballs are tender, juicy and swimming in a super flavorful creamy sauce that coats each one just so. I know what you’re thinking, “I want these in my mouth now!” I don’t blame you.  Now imagine a few of these lofty meatballs over a hefty bowl of buttered egg noodles… or atop a mountain of creamy mashed powtaters… or on toothpicks slowly making their way to your chops (don’t let the sauce hit your shirt on the way!).

Fun fact: In our weekly slang study (which doesn’t exist), we learn that calling someone a “meatball” is like calling them clumsy. So don’t be a “meatball” while eating your meatballs in the hood. I’m not sure I like where this is going… (please ignore the last few sentences).

Tefteli are like the Slavic version of Swedish meatballs. You’ll be happy to know these meatballs are quick and easy to whip up and they were a big hit with the kiddos! And they re-heat well. And you should buy a jar of crunchy baby dills to go with these. 

Watch How To Make Tefteli:

Ingredients for Chicken Meatballs (Tefteli):

1 – 1 1/4 lb ground chicken (I used ground chicken thighs)
1 cup cooked white rice, cooled to room temp or colder
1 large egg
1 small onion, grated
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 tsp salt (I used sea salt)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup flour for dredging
2 Tbsp oil (I used extra LIGHT olive oil)

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Ingredients for the Sauce:

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt, or heavy cream)
1/2 to 1 tsp paprika (more if you like a little spice in your life)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Freshly chopped parsley for garnish

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How To Make Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce:

1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, 1 cup cooked rice, 1 egg, grated onion, 1 pressed garlic clove, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix well. Roll the meat into 1 to 1 1/4″ balls, then roll the balls in flour, dusting off excess. 

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Transfer meatballs into the skillet and saute 4 minutes on the first side, then flip them over with tongs, cover and cook another 3 minutes or until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, then remove to a plate.

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3. In the same pan over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp  butter then whisk in 2 Tbsp flour and continue mixing until golden in color. Whisk in 2 cups chicken broth and stir until it starts to thicken. Add 1/4 cup sour cream and season to taste. I added: 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/8 tsp black pepper.

4. Bring sauce to a simmer and stir until sauce thickens enough to lightly coat a meatball then stir in the meatballs, turning them to coat (keep in mind sauce will thicken more as it cools). Once the meatballs are warmed up, remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh parsley or dill.

Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. I loved them with pickles (there’s just something amazing about baby dills – let me know if you agree!).

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Notes: I used my own KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and ground up some organic chicken thigh, but if you don’t have a meat grinder, you can use a good food processor or pre-ground chicken meat.  

Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce (Tefteli)

4.89 from 70 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce | natashaskitchen.com
These chicken meatballs are tender, juicy and swimming in a super flavorful creamy sauce that coats each one just so. These are quick and easy and reheat well.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 - 1 1/4 lb ground chicken I used ground chicken thighs
  • 1 cup cooked white rice cooled to room temp or colder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt I used sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour for dredging
  • 2 Tbsp oil I used extra LIGHT olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt, or heavy cream
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp paprika more if you like a little spice in your life
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, 1 cup cooked rice, 1 egg, grated onion, 1 pressed garlic clove, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix well.
  2. Roll the meat into 1 to 1 1/4" balls, then roll the balls in flour, dusting off excess.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Transfer meatballs into the skillet and saute 4 minutes on the first side, then flip them over with tongs, cover and cook another 3 minutes or until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, then remove to a plate.
  4. In the same pan over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp butter then whisk in 2 Tbsp flour and continue mixing until golden in color. Whisk in 2 cups chicken broth and stir until it starts to thicken. Add 1/4 cup sour cream and season to taste. I added: 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/8 tsp black pepper.
  5. Bring sauce to a simmer and stir until sauce thickens enough to lightly coat a meatball then stir in the meatballs, turning them to coat (keep in mind sauce will thicken more as it cools). Once the meatballs are warmed up, remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh parsley or dill. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

I used my own KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and ground up some organic chicken thigh, but if you don't have a meat grinder, don't let that stop you! You can use a pre-ground chicken meat.

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P.S. Here’s our other Tefteli recipe (which you all seem to love so much).

So, what’ll it be? Noodles or mashed potatoes? Or maybe you’re a baby dills type?

These chicken meatballs are delicious over egg noodles or creamy mashed potatoes. An easy chicken dinner idea for a busy weeknight (30 minute meal) - A video recipe

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  • Nina
    September 12, 2019

    I want to try makingthis recipe but I only have ground beef, can I use it instead of the chicken? Or would it be твердое?
    Thank you 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      September 12, 2019

      Hi Nina, I haven’t tried substituting beef in this recipe but a couple of readers have reported good results with beef. Some have also mentioned great results with mixing beef and pork. Reply

  • Alyssa
    September 3, 2019

    Love this recipe! One thing I had a question about was the sauce – every time I make it I can’t seem to get it to thicken up, although I measure everything out and follow each step perfectly. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? Reply

    • Natasha
      September 3, 2019

      Hi Alyssa, it could be due to using a smaller pan. I used a larger one that had a larger surface area which will cause a sauce to thicken faster as it evaporates. Also be sure to roll the meatballs in all-purpose flour as well as don’t skip it in the sauce. Reply

  • Ren
    August 8, 2019

    Can these be made without egg? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 8, 2019

      The egg helps to hold the meatballs together. I think it would still work without it but I would suggest using slightly less rice in the mixture. Reply

  • Cindy
    August 6, 2019

    Made a double batch with double sauce over egg noodles. Added fresh thyme to chicken, and fresh thyme and spicy mustard to sauce. It was a huge hit. Stroganoff with a twist. Thanks for the terrific recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Julie
    April 11, 2019

    Great recipe have made these a few times Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 11, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Tammy
    March 31, 2019

    These meatballs are amazing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 31, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Tammy! Reply

  • Mary
    March 25, 2019

    So good! Sauce adds so much flavor:) will be making again for sure! My super picky brutally honest husband who critiques all the food I make loved these!! And so did my 1.5 yr old 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2019

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed that! That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great! Reply

  • Melony
    March 4, 2019

    Could you use ground turkey in place of the chicken for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      March 4, 2019

      Hi Melony, I think that would work well to use ground turkey instead. Reply

  • Regina
    March 1, 2019

    How do you do it every time? Absolutely delectable! Thank you, Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Julia
    February 8, 2019

    Love this recipe! Made this several times and it’s a hit with the whole family! I always gotta double the cream sauce since my family loves it so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 8, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Kristina Matushevskaya
    January 4, 2019

    Would it be okay to leave out rice? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2019

      Hi Kristina, You may need to adjust a few things but that should work! Here is what one of our readers posted “I love this recipe and it’s on my Rolodex of family favorites. One thing different I do, instead of rice (because one day I didn’t have leftover rice handy) I drain and finely chop 1 can of sliced mushroom. It adds great flavor and works perfectly as a binder for the ground chicken. I’ll also mix in another drained can of sliced mushrooms into the sauce. Delicious both ways!” Reply

  • Marina
    November 26, 2018

    Just made this and I’m so impressed!!! It was super easy to make and tastes delicious! I love all your recipes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2018

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Kate
    October 29, 2018

    Since grated onion has a LOT of liquid in it (which can cause balls to be lose, wet, and fall apart), I strained it with a muslin cloth. (You could use cheese cloth, a tea towel, etc). There was at least a cup of liquid, and I didn’t squeeze all of it out either! This meant that my balls were tacky (as ground chicken will do) but firm. Easy to handle, no falling apart!

    That being said, I loved the sauce – we used a mix of sweet Hungarian paprika and hot Hungarian paprika (to give it a little kick). But I think next time I will add some kind of seasoning to the meatballs themselves- jst a little too plain for my taste. Served with parmesan roasted acorn squash- was a lovely meal! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2018

      Thank you for sharing that with us Kate!! Reply

  • Janella
    October 17, 2018

    My whole family loved it! I made it with mashed potatoes and green beans. They were literally fighting over the meatballs. Lol Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 17, 2018

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Janella! Reply

  • Magulo
    August 11, 2018

    Thanks for this recipe. I Happened to buy some fresh Poulet balls and wasn’t in the mood for traditional tomatoe sauce. I made your sauce only but OMG. I’m going to make your balls next time. The sauce was so good. Served over egg tagliatelle. Had to go back to find your recipe to save it! I added some fresh thyme to the sauce. Love! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2018

      Thank you for the great review Magulo! Reply

  • Natasha Ibrahim
    July 25, 2018

    What are the macros for this meal? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2018

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Reply

  • Helen
    June 28, 2018

    Turned out great and gave me the chance to pay with th mincer attachment on my Kenwood. My hubby was concerned that the rice in the meatballs would spoil the dish but he’s converted after trying them. I made the meatballs ahead of time and then just left them in the sauce to warm through whilst waiting for the mashed potatoes to be done.
    We’re going to try this with beef mince next time as my hubby thought the sauce a little too rich for the meatballs. After trying this sauce and finding out how easy it is to make we will stop buying the packets of sauce from Ikea (which we usually have with meatballs) as we preferred this and knew just what was going into it. Thanks for sharing this! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Victoria
    May 25, 2018

    Hi i would like to ask how much 1 cup en grammes or lb?
    Thanks a lot Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2018

      Hello Victoria, We are working on adding metric measurements on all of our recipes. It’s a slow process since it is one recipe at a time. Until all of the recipes are updated, check out this measurement conversion tool. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

  • Holly Lovegrove
    May 7, 2018

    These were so yummy. Since I don’t have a meat grinder and can’t buy minced chicken, I chopped the chicken thighs in a food processor and added the rice right at the end to chop it up a bit, too. The meat was tender and very flavourful. I think I’d double the sauce next time because it was so good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 7, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the recipe was a huge success Holly! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Galina Mayzel
    April 20, 2018

    Can these be baked first rather than fried? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 20, 2018

      Hi Galina, I haven’t tested baking these meatballs but you could probably do a similar baking method as we did with the teriyaki meatballs. I probably would not roll them in flour if baking but you will need to add just a little more flour to the pan for the sauce to thicken if not coating the meatballs in flour. If you experiment, let me know how it goes! 🙂 Reply

  • Lucinda Ovens
    April 12, 2018

    My meatballs fell apart! I followed the directions exactly but they were sticking to my hands as i tried to roll them into balls. Do you know where i went wrong? What do i do to ensure they do not fall apart next time? The meal was really lovely and my boys (6 and 9) demolished it. I doubled the sauce ans served it over fettuccine. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2018

      Hi Lucinda, I’m so glad your boys loved it! 🙂 A non-stick skillet might help. Also, be sure the proportions of meatball ingredients are the same – having too much rice and not enough meat might make them more likely to fall apart. . Reply

      • Monica Bridges
        May 24, 2018

        A tip as I adore Natasha’s recipe so much! (It’s on our monthly rotation!) I use a tiny ice cream scoop (like the ones you use for cookies). I scoop up some chicken mix and plop in right in the flour. I’ll sprinkle flour over it, the scoop it up with a slotted spoon or fish turner, shake off the excess flour and then set in a the hot skillet. Once cooked, they’ll hold together. Ground chicken is very mushy so you can’t work it with your hands much like beef. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 24, 2018

          Great suggestion Monica, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Natalie
    March 30, 2018

    Would buckwheat work instead of rice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2018

      Hi Natalie, I think that would work really well. We love buckwheat. If you try it, let me know how you like it 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    March 7, 2018

    Would ground chicken breast work for this, instead of thigh? Any suggestions on how to keep them tender with ground chicken breast? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2018

      Hi Oksana, I think that should still work well with ground chicken breast without additional modifcations. I hope you love the recipe! Reply

    • Monica Bridges
      March 7, 2018

      I use ground chicken breast when I make this. I substitute canned mushrooms which I then mince instead of the rice and it keeps it very moist and juicy. Recommend using a small ice cream scoop to help form the balls as the mix is very very soft. Reply

  • Elena
    February 26, 2018

    Thanks for the recipe. I do beef and pork very often but could never get the chicken ones right, they were always to dry. I guess rice was the answer to great tefteli. Thanks 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2018

      My pleasure Elena! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Trycia
    January 30, 2018

    Loved these! I have loved many of your recipes, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2018

      My pleasure Trycia! I’m glad to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following! Reply

  • Nadia
    January 8, 2018

    Hi Natasha! Can you specify what kind of rice do you use in this recipe? I don’t like using basmati since it has a very strong flavour. Would Italian short type of rice work? Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Hi Nadia, almost any cooked white rice would work in this recipe, you can use your favorite 😬 Reply

  • Claudia
    January 5, 2018

    Que tudo ! Vou experimentar. Reply

  • Tracy
    December 29, 2017

    I was going to try riced cauliflower as a binder , do you think this would work ? Also has anyone tried corn starch instead of flowe for a thickener or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream ? Thanks ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2017

      Hi Tracy, I haven’t tried those substitutions but I’m loving all of your ideas!! If you try that out, please do let me know how it works out. It sounds like the healthier version of this dish 🙂 Reply

  • Sharon
    December 22, 2017

    I made this last night for my family. We all loved it! So much lighter texture than traditional ground beef meatballs. Thanks for a great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 22, 2017

      You’re welcome Sharon! I’m glad to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • siham
    December 6, 2017

    Hi Natasha
    Everything you make is outstandingly delicious. One question: Can I not add rice to the chicken balls? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2017

      Hi Siham, yes that would work :). Reply

  • Kristina
    October 31, 2017

    Love this foolproof recipe! I add finely chopped shipach inside so that my kids can have some extra nutrition:) Even my pickiest water goobles this up. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2017

      Kristina, thank you for the nice review and for sharing that with us 😁 Reply

  • Leigh Ann
    October 30, 2017

    Is there another binder other than rice you can use in this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2017

      Hi Leigh Ann, I think it would work to leave out the rice and add some bread crumbs or one of my readers reported this great idea: “One thing different I do, instead of rice (because one day I didn’t have leftover rice handy) I drain and finely chop 1 can of sliced mushroom. It adds great flavor and works perfectly as a binder for the ground chicken. I’ll also mix in another drained can of sliced mushrooms into the sauce. Delicious both ways!” Reply

      • siham
        December 6, 2017

        Am sure mushrooms would give it a great taste too Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 6, 2017

          I think that would taste great! Reply

  • Monica Bridges
    October 23, 2017

    I love this recipe and it’s on my Rolodex of family favorites. One thing different I do, instead of rice (because one day I didn’t have leftover rice handy) I drain and finely chop 1 can of sliced mushroom. It adds great flavor and works perfectly as a binder for the ground chicken. I’ll also mix in another drained can of sliced mushrooms into the sauce. Delicious both ways! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2017

      Great suggestion Monica! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • virsaviya
    October 6, 2017

    if you have about 3 pounds of ground chicken thighs do you double the servings …like about how much eggs will have to go for that portion Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 6, 2017

      Hi, yes for 3 pounds, I would double everything in the recipe i.e. 2 eggs, 1 medium grated onion, etc. Reply

      • Tasneem Qureshi
        May 22, 2018

        Hi Natasha. I am from the UK and I am trying Slavian cuisine for the first time. I have noticed you have kept your measurements in cups – could you kindly convert them into grams for me? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 22, 2018

          Hi Tasneem, Welcome to our blog! 🙂 We are working on adding metric conversions to our recipes but it is a slow process since it has to be done one recipe at a time. In the mean time, I would suggest checking out this post on how we measure ingredients for various recipes which should help :). Reply

  • Antsa
    September 29, 2017

    these were super delicious all my family loved it ! Thank you! It’s a great take to new mom meal 👌🏻 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 29, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the entire family enjoys the recipe! Thanks YOU for sharing your great review! Reply

  • August 30, 2017

    Absolutely lovely! Really awesome flavour, a total favourite with everyone. I added heaps more paprika and some dill to the sauce plus pure cream instead of sour cream. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2017

      Yum, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Donna! Reply

  • August 30, 2017

    On my to cook list for next week, will grind chicken thighs as well (most flavorful part) and the sauce sounds wonderful, will post a report once made, thank you again for a great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2017

      You’re welcome Lee! Please let me know, I’ll be looking forward to your VIP photo! Reply

  • Jayne Dough
    August 28, 2017

    Do you think these would freeze well? I’m thinking of making and placing in mini-muffin tin and baking and then freezing once cool. Do you think that would work? I’ve made all sorts of meatballs before and frozen them, but never any with rice in them (which sounds REALLY good!!). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2017

      Hi Jayne, I haven’t tried freezing these but I do think that could work. Although, I’m not sure how the sauce would freeze. Reply

    • August 30, 2017

      Hi Jayne, I think freezing just the meatballs after they are cooked would be fine, just prepare the sauce on the day you are going to serve. Meatballs with rice, common, do a search for Porcupine Meatballs 🙂 Reply

      • Marie Czarnecki
        October 14, 2017

        Lee: There you go, and I love Porcupine Meatballs too.. Great comment. Reply

  • Katie
    July 20, 2017

    My toddler loves these and it is very hard to get her to eat meat. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 20, 2017

      You’re welcome Katie! I’m happy to hear the recipe is “picky-eater” approved! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • DeAnna Veator
    July 14, 2017

    I made this last night and it was delicious! This will definitely be in my rotation of recipes now! My only question is that my sauce did not come out as brown colored as pictured. Any tips on achieving that? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2017

      Thank you so much for the amazing review!! I’m so happy to hear you loved the recipe :). The color of the sauce is from 2 things: the paprika and the browned bits on the bottom of the pan so if you are using a non-stick pan, you probably won’t get much browning, but it definitely won’t compromise the flavor 🙂 Reply

      • DeAnna
        August 16, 2017

        Thank you so much for getting back to me! That must have been it! I must invest in a new pan 🙂 Thanks for all the great recipes! I have shared your site with a few friends who have loved when I made your recipes. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          August 16, 2017

          My pleasure DeAnna! I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following and spreading the love! 😀 Reply

  • Olviya
    June 13, 2017

    These are SO good, and always a hit! They reheat well, and are a family favorite. <3 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 13, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that Olivya! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! 😀 Reply

  • Jane
    June 4, 2017

    Yummy! Had it spicy and it was great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 4, 2017

      Jane, thank you for sharing such a nice review, I’m glad you liked them 😬. Reply

  • Marcy
    May 15, 2017

    I’ve made this recipe so many times I’ve lost count. Best thing I’ve made on Pinterest (and I use it a lot). My family loves this dinner. Not kidding….delicious!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2017

      That’s great to hear! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Marcy! Reply

  • Faye
    May 12, 2017

    Made this recipe a few weeks ago, it was good! Will definitely make again Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that Faye! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Marilyn
    May 7, 2017

    Made these and they were delicious – and my husband (who doesn’t like sour cream) didn’t know the recipe had sour cream…he also loved them!
    My daughter had no ground chicken so she used ground beef with beef broth and also said it was delicious!
    Thank you for another family favourite…. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 8, 2017

      You’re welcome Marilyn! I’m happy to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Nadia
    March 23, 2017

    Can these be made ahead of time? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2017

      Hi Nadia, yes that would work, just reheat slowly over lower heat on the stove so the cream stays smooth. Reply

  • Petra
    January 24, 2017

    Absolutely DELICIOUS! Thanks for the awesome recipe. This one is definitely going into my meal rotation. Easy to make, sauce is awesome! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2017

      You’re welcome Petra! I am so glad to hear you enjoy the recipe that much! Reply

  • Rosie
    January 17, 2017

    Oh my Lord these were heavenly! Natasha you have the most wonderful recipes – I cannot thank you enough! Made it exactly as written and they are outstanding!!! So easy to do and they come out perfectly! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 17, 2017

      You’re very welcome Rosie! I am glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe!! Reply

  • Chef Donna
    January 2, 2017

    This is a nice recipe, but the chicken meatballs can be a little dry. Be careful not to overcook. I used Smart ground chicken, and perhaps if I’d ground chicken thighs, the result might have been moister. Another thought is to use half pork and half chicken. I also thought the sauce recipe looked a little bland so I deglazed the pan with white wine and added thyme, a little nutmeg and a bit of heavy cream. Mushrooms would also be good in the sauce – but then you have a different dish. Sigh.

    Having said that, I would probably make this again when Smart ground chicken is on sale. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 2, 2017

      Thanks for sharing your modifications! I always love to try new variations on recipes 🙂 Reply

      • jane juve
        January 15, 2017

        I made this tonight with quality pre-ground chicken from a good meat market. Loved this! I even made it gluten free by using GF flour blend Only change I made was to simplify by using minced dry onion, garlic powder and a healthy dash of Tastefully Simple Spinach and Herb (because I had it and love it) in the meatball mix, and cut back on salt because I only had regular chicken broth. Thanks for an amazing recipe. Def making again. Picky husband even loved it instead of saying “it’s okay”. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 16, 2017

          This is great to hear! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Katie
    November 18, 2016

    I made this recipe for my husband and picky toddler. It was a big hit with both. My ghusband requested that I make it again soon. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2016

      Hi Katie, I am so happy to hear that! 🙂 Reply

  • Courtney
    October 29, 2016

    Amazing recipe! Didn’t change a thing. Even served it with your recipe (henceforth my go-to) for mashed potatoes. The leftovers tasted even better. Thank you for adding another meal to our rotation of favorites! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2016

      I am so happy to hear that!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! 🙂 Reply

  • Emma
    September 30, 2016

    I just tried this for the first time with mashed potatoes. I had an American couple coming over for dinner and they just could not stop gushing over the deliciousness. I can’t believe something can be so easy to make (I am not a good cook) and so delicious. Thank you for the great recipe and video!
    Side note: I had to make it gluten free so I substitutes flour for gluten free bread crumbs on meatballs, and potato starch for flour in the sauce. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 1, 2016

      I’m so glad to hear that Emma, thank you for such a nice review and you are welcome 😀. Reply

    • Valentina Sutton
      October 15, 2016

      Glad to have read your gluten-free substitutes. I have celiac so have to do a gluten-free version of my favorite childhood memories recipes. Can’t wait to try it! Reply

  • Marina Petkevich
    September 10, 2016

    Wow! Just made this dish for my husband and I. I think the best part is the sauce! Just have a patience to make it, it was worth it!!! Absolutely amazing! I made a few changes to the meat: half ground chicken, half ground pork and no rice. Turned out delicious! I served it with mashed potatoes and kosher dill pickles!!! ❤️ OMG!!!
    Thanks again,
    Nurse Marina Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2016

      You’re welcome Marina! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 😀. Reply

  • Barbara Mathis
    August 27, 2016

    I didn’t care for this recipe that much ! The chicken meatballs and sauce were both bland. Probably won’t make this recipe again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 27, 2016

      Hi Barbara, I’m sorry to hear that. Did you alter anything in the recipe? I don’t recall reading any reports of this recipe being bland. Thanks Barbara! Reply

  • Tania
    August 13, 2016

    Easy and delicious! Made this many times and always loved by the whole family. Thanks for another great recipe!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2016

      You are welcome Tania, I’m glad you liked it 😀. Reply

  • Larayna Yevtushuk
    July 29, 2016

    Do you think these would freeze well? (The meatballs, not the sauce) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 29, 2016

      I haven’t tried it but I do think they would freeze well. I would thaw them in the fridge before using. Reply

  • Kristy
    July 14, 2016

    Omg! I just watched your video and your technique for coating the meatballs in flour is genius!! Last time I tried to do it with my hands and ended up with them getting stuck! This time it was smooth sailing!! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Kristy, I’m so happy to hear that video was helpful 😀. You are welcome. Reply

      • Kristy
        July 15, 2016

        The first time I made these, I didn’t watch your video. So glad I did! I love your recipes. ♥ Reply

  • Anna
    May 21, 2016

    What can I use instead of rice? One of my kids will not eat anything with rice inside. Could I possibly overlook the rice and then put it through the chopper? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 21, 2016

      Hi Anna, I think it would still work but you might increase the amount of meat so it doesn’t turn out too moist to form into patties with that amount of egg and onion. Reply

  • Mary
    March 30, 2016

    Hello Natasha. I found your site and so happy to be part of the family. I too love to cook and learn the cuisine of all culture. I made this tonight and it is spot on. Looking forward to cooking with you. Mary Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2016

      Hi Mary :). Welcome! I’m so happy you’re hear and thank you so much for the great review 🙂 Reply

  • Tricia
    March 29, 2016

    Have you frozen this? Thinking the meatballs would freeze nicely, but not the sauce?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2016

      Hi Tricia, I haven’t tried freezing them but I do think it’s worth experimenting. I think it could work well. If you try, let me know what you think! 🙂 Reply

  • Cassandra
    March 4, 2016

    I actually made this recipe with ground turkey and substituted red quinoa instead of rice since that is what I had on hand. Everything turned out really well! This is a great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 5, 2016

      Cassandra, I’m glad you liked the recipe and nice job improvising 😀. Reply

  • Oksana
    March 1, 2016

    My husband is a picky eater, i wasnt sure how much he’ll enjoy them, but omg he loved them! Ate half of them himself!! Thank you for the recipe, definetly going into my recipe book 🙂 Your recipes havent let me down so far. Every recipe i tried was AMAZING! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 1, 2016

      Thank you so much Oksana for that awesome review! 🙂 Reply

  • Suzi
    February 23, 2016

    I just recently discovered your site and i cannot wait to make these and your paska recipe over Easter! I have Ukrainian heritage and living out of home for the past 5 year I’ve been missing my mum’s peirogi and cabbage rolls. thanks to your awesome archive i can now make my own and start my own traditions 🙂

    Do you think quinoa would work in place of rice? (i’m trying to use up leftovers from a different recipe).

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 23, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that you are keeping your cooking heritage going :). That’s just awesome! I haven’t tried substituting but I think it would work well. Let me know how you like it with the quinoa. Now I’m thinking about making these with quinoa! 🙂 Reply

  • C
    February 9, 2016

    I stuffed mine with a cream cheese/spinach mix and added fresh sliced portabellos to the sauce and it was DELISH. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2016

      Mmmm sounds delicious! Reply

  • Stella
    February 4, 2016

    So I made these meatballs, and they taste amazing! But when i was frying them, they sucked in ALOT of oil. I definately used more than 2 Tbsp of oil. I was wondering if there is a healthier way of making the meatballs, maybe bake them, or would using cooking spray work? I haven’t tried that though. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 4, 2016

      Stella, make sure your oil is hot when adding them to the pan. Also, good non-stick skillet makes so you don’t need as much oil to suate meatballs. Hope this helps. I haven’t tried baking the so can’t recommend that method. I prefer to saute them because it seals in the juices. Reply

      • Ana
        September 22, 2016

        Do you just microwave the oil for like 30 seconds? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 22, 2016

          Hi Ana, sorry that was totally a typo! Thanks for catching that! It’s just adding oil to a hot skillet, no need to preheat it. Reply

  • TG
    January 27, 2016

    This looks so good. Can I ask you which white rice do you use for this recipe? (jasmine or regular uncle ben’s?) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Hi TG I’ve used several kinds with good success. I think this time I was using Jasmine. Reply

  • Sue
    January 26, 2016

    Thank you so much for the delicious chicken meatball recipe. I only had 1 cup of broth, so also added 1 cup of milk in the sauce, along with a generous dollop of low fat plain yogurt. I think a little grated nutmeg would taste nice in the sauce too. I had some leftover fresh spinach, so at the end, I added it, on top of the sauce and meatballs, and steamed till wilted. It was colorful, creamy, and flavor-filled. Served with steamed sliced zucchini. Maybe next time, I’ll try it over zucchini noodles, vegetti style. Your videos are done so well. You are cheerful and positive. Loved seeing your cute baby on the scene. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks again for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Sue, thank you so much for the comment and great job improvising 😀. Reply

  • Anna
    January 5, 2016

    Hi Natasha:):) can chicken broth be substituted? Have any suggestions? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2016

      You could try a vegetable broth. It’s best to have some sort of broth or you will lose flavor. Reply

  • Alla
    January 5, 2016

    So good! I saw you posted this recipe on your facebook, I looked into it and surprisingly had all the ingredients! I even had the meat grinder attachment which I recently got as a bday present along with my kitchenaid mixer. It was my first time using the meat grinder lol that was fun. I did however use chicken tenders, and I added a little dash of coriander (personal preference) and I left it simmering on low. The meat was so soft and the tefteli were SO good!! Your recipes are always such a hit! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2016

      Awesome! I’m so happy you loved it. I love it when that happens to me; that I have all the ingredients I need for a recipe. The best! Reply

  • Cindy
    January 4, 2016

    Happy New Year to you and your family Natasha!!
    I was thinking of grinding the chicken as well, do you remove the skin?

    They sound so good, I’m really looking forward to these 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Thank you for the wishes Cindy 😁. Yes, I removed the skin first before grinding. Reply

  • Alina
    January 2, 2016

    These are seriously the best meatballs I have made!!! This is my 5th time making them and I tripled the recipe. Bomdotcom!!! Thanks Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Awesome!!! I’m so happy you loved the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Ruchi
    November 20, 2015

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe Natasha! Made this last night for dinner and served with couscous and tzaziki! So delicious!! Kids and grown up loved it equally:-) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2015

      That sounds like an amazing dinner! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • cindy
    November 10, 2015

    These look yummy! Wondering if they will taste as good if I were to use ground beef? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 10, 2015

      Beef is always a little more dry than chicken. If you try beef, I would recommend not using the leanest beef :). Let me know how it goes! Reply

  • Claire
    November 3, 2015

    My husband has just cooked this for us and it was gorgeous, some left to take to work tomorrow too! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 3, 2015

      That’s awesome! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe :). It does make for great leftovers! Reply

  • Amelia
    October 23, 2015

    About how many meatballs do you get out of this recipe please? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2015

      About 20 🙂 Reply

  • Donna James
    October 15, 2015

    Loved this recipe! I did make changes the second time around, I added a bit of finely chopped dill to the meatballs, added far more paprika, and used cream instead of sour cream also added some napoli sauce. Very lovely recipe with or without my changes. Thank you heaps Natasha, the nutty flavour of the rice is awesome, the family adored it both ways. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 15, 2015

      Donna, thank you for the great review on the recipe and your substitutions sound yummy :D. Reply

  • Jenna
    October 14, 2015

    My grandma used to make this all the time when I was younger. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 14, 2015

      Jenna, let me know how they work out :). I love how food brings back good memories. Reply

  • Karin
    September 14, 2015

    OH MY GOSH!!! I made these last night for dinner, they are INCREDIBLY yummy!! This is definitely going onto my list of “make again” recipes, it was a big hit!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 14, 2015

      Karin, thank you for such a great review, your comment is like music to my ears :D. Reply

  • MASHA
    April 16, 2015

    tried these… so so good
    i almost memorized the recipe and just do it
    absolutely amazing :)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 16, 2015

      Thank you for such a great review Masha, I love reading comments like these :). Reply

  • March 4, 2015

    I just came across your site from pinterest and have fallen in love with these meatballs! I can’t wait to try them, and explore your blog more.

    I noticed the powtaters said with an accent and it made me chuckle! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2015

      🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! I too love discovering blogs via Pinterest. Welcome 🙂 Reply

  • allison
    February 9, 2015

    Hi Natasha. Thanks for the recipe. Can I use store bought ground turkey instead? Or ground chicken? Is it still gonna be soft??? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2015

      I think either one will work 🙂 Reply

  • Desiree Tavarez
    January 26, 2015

    Hi Natasha this looks great i was just wondering how long does it usually take for the sauce to thicken? And with the bread crumbs instead of the rice would it still taste the same? Thank you so much 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2015

      It would be more meaty, but it would still taste good. They would be more meaty and you probably wouldn’t get quite as many meatballs unless you increased the amount of meat you use since the rice helps to bulk them up. If you get the mixture to a simmer, it usually takes just 1-3 minutes depending on how hot your skillet is. Reply

  • Sarah
    December 17, 2014

    These were wonderful and so easy to make. My husband and I enjoyed these very much. I appreciate you sharing this recipe. It’s a keeper. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2014

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them! 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Luba
    November 20, 2014

    Hi! Any tips to make this a day ahead? Maybe hear it up in oven before serving? Or just make the sauce day of and the meatballs day before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2014

      You could do it either way. If you are reheating, re-heat slowly and start at a low heat so the sauce stays creamy. Reply

  • irina
    October 10, 2014

    Natasha,

    It this recipe freezer friendly? I need to make a meal for a friend but it would have to be made the day before. Any recommendations?? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 10, 2014

      I haven’t tried freezing them, but I do think these would freeze well. If you need to make them a day ahead, they also refrigerate very well. Reply

  • Liza
    September 10, 2014

    I made these last night and I wasn’t that impressed, though my two year old devoured them. For the side we had grechka. Tonight I had plenty left over, so I decided to make mashed potatoes as the side so we could finish them up, and it was SO good! A totally different experience! My DH felt the same way; wasn’t a big fan, but liked it much better with the potatoes. So, we both think that they just don’t taste as good with grechka! Anyway, another excellent recipe! I’ll definitely make this again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 11, 2014

      I’m so glad you liked it! I love grechka too but I imagine these would be better with potatoes 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    August 31, 2014

    I love this website! So many good recipes! I didn’t cook or bake much before I got married, so I’m so grateful for all of yer hard work! My husband described this recipe as “wayyy wicked awesome” and I must say, I agree. =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2014

      That’s quite a review! Thank you so much 🙂 Reply

  • Diana
    August 19, 2014

    I made these for my husband a few days ago and he LOVED them. He said they were better than his Baba’s! Thanks for a great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2014

      That’s so cool! (I hope he didn’t tell his Baba that. lol). 🙂 I’m so happy you loved the tefteli! 🙂 Reply

  • Nicole
    July 31, 2014

    Can you use quinoa instead of the white rices or the meatballs? Looks amazing!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 31, 2014

      Quinoa should work great as well, let me know how they turn out :). Reply

  • julia
    July 24, 2014

    I am craving these right now…lol. I was wondering if these would work over pasta…or would the sauce be to watery? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 24, 2014

      I think they would be good over pasta. The sauce is more creamy than watery. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Luba
    June 8, 2014

    Can I make this the night before and just heat up before serving the next day? Have you done that before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 8, 2014

      I’ve reheated leftovers and they were good reheated 🙂 Reply

    • Liza
      September 10, 2014

      Luba, I actually thought the leftovers tasted even better! 🙂 Reply

  • Katya
    May 16, 2014

    They look so tasty!!! I was just wandering, what do you think can I bake them in the oven? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2014

      I haven’t tried baking them but I think it would work. I just can’t tell you exactly the temp and time without testing it myself. They will probably be juicer if you sauté them. Reply

  • Galina
    May 14, 2014

    I just made these but with Turkey and Beef. Ummm. this sauce is amazing!!! Thanks for another fantastic dinner recipe. Now excuse me while I go enjoy these babies with some smashed taters and pickles ;D Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 14, 2014

      Galina, thank you for a great review and you are welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed them :). Reply

  • Valentina
    April 30, 2014

    Would pork taste okay? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2014

      I think it would 🙂 Reply

  • Bobbi
    April 18, 2014

    These just look simply to die for!! I don’t have a meat grinder nor did I see it at the store so I’ll be using ground turkey instead tomorrow. Yum  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2014

      I think Ground turkey would work just fine. Some supermarkets even sell ground chicken. I hope you love the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Masha
    April 12, 2014

    Yum!!! Just made them. Sooo yummy!!!!!! Wow. Thank you so much I absolutely loved it. And making the sauce was interesting. Never done that before. Wow. This is sooooo yummy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2014

      I love all your exclamation marks!!!!! That means you REALLY liked the recipe! 🙂 Thanks so much for a great review! Reply

  • Jane
    April 12, 2014

    I saw these on Pinterest and knew I had to make them! At first I didn’t think they would turn out okay because I’m used to a thicker mix for my meatballs. When I combined the chicken and etc it was really loose but after rolling them in flour and trying them it turned out great. Will def make this again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2014

      Thank you Jane! I’m so glad you enjoyed the meatballs. They are definitely softer than the average meatballs 🙂 Welcome to the blog and thank you for pinning! Reply

  • Christine
    April 4, 2014

    I made these last night, and my Ukrainian husband ate them like he’d been starved for days! I managed to convince him a leave me a few for lunch today, and I happily scarfed them down while thinking about who I could invite over for dinner so I would have an excuse to make them again.

    My only issue was that I had frozen the ground meat so it would make it through the week, and when it thawed, it became very wet. A cup of rice and even a near quarter cup of breadcrumbs didn’t help, so forming the meat into balls turned out to be quite the process. Thankfully, he only complained that it was taking too long until he tried the first meatball. Then the extra time suddenly wasn’t an problem anymore. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2014

      Thank you Christine for such a great review, it made my day :). I’m glad that both of you enjoyed the recipe. Reply

  • Marina
    March 31, 2014

    Just made these for dinner tonight. My husband loved it! They went really well with mashed potatoes. Thanks once again for an awesome recipe  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2014

      Music to my ears. Thanks so much for a great review! Sounds so good with mashed powtaters! 🙂 Reply

  • Yana P
    March 25, 2014

    Yum! I added shredded carrots to the sauce and it turned out good! Thanks for the recipe! Love that I usually have all these ingredients. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2014

      I’ll have to give that a try next time. I did that with my other tefteli, but wanted to keep these a little simpler. 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    March 21, 2014

    We enjoyed some of these yesterday. So easy to make and so good. I doubled the recipe, because I had a felling it’s going to be good and it was worth it. Thank you as always. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2014

      That’s so great! Thanks so much for the great review. I always love hearing from you Inna 🙂 Reply

  • March 18, 2014

    Hi Natasha – this looks great! Have you (or anyone else) used beef instead? And do you have a suggestion to make it gluten free?
    Thanks! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 18, 2014

      I have a good recipe in my file for another kind of meatball in a sauce without the rice and it uses beef. I’ll see what I can do to get it posted soon-ish. There are 6 other recipes that need to be posted if I can just find time to draft them! 😉 Reply

  • Rebekah
    March 16, 2014

    Hi Natasha! Found this recipe via Pinterest and have made it twice in the last two weeks! So delicious and comforting. Thanks for a wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2014

      You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you found it and loved it 🙂 Thank you for a great review! Reply

  • Dan
    March 14, 2014

    Excellent. I was a little light on the chicken, so should have cut back a bit on the rice, but they tasted great. Once again, my wife was a trooper and formed the meatballs for me, but I mostly cooked them and got everything ready. Thanks for a great evening. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2014

      Sounds like you two make a great team! I’m so glad you enjoyed the meatballs and had a nice evening together. Thanks for sharing that with me. You are like my husband; he doesn’t like to touch the meat either! 😉 Reply

  • Alena Dudko
    March 13, 2014

    Can I use chicken breasts instead of ground chicken? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2014

      You can use ground chicken breast. Is that what you are asking? The meat should be ground, but it doesn’t have to be chicken thigh meat. 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    March 13, 2014

    As soon as I saw Tefteli I remembered my mamatshka making these for us. Sometimes she’d make them in thick cutlet sizes and pour the sauce over them, each of us would have our own. Mashed potatoes on the side of course.
    I miss my mom and the great Russian cooking, thanks for bringing back some great memories. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 13, 2014

      That’s so sweet. I’m so glad the recipe brought back memories of your Mom’s cooking. 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    March 9, 2014

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. Will definitely give it a try.

    BTW… it also made it to top weekly recipes on pinterest. keep it up. Reply

    • Oksana
      March 9, 2014

      I meant to say top recipes on ZipList!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2014

      I saw that in my email this morning. Such an honor. That only means that you all are sharing my recipe and adding it to your recipe boxes, so THANK YOU so much!! 🙂 Reply

  • Pat
    March 9, 2014

    I want to try this recipe how many calories? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2014

      A great resource for finding out calorie counts is http://caloriecount.about.com/ Go to tools, then recipe analyzer and paste the ingredients into the box and voila! You have your calorie counts for any recipe you find online. This particular recipe should be pretty reasonable calorie wise 😉 Reply

  • Marina
    March 7, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My family is very picky and we LOVED these 🙂 I will be making them again for sure! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      That’s so great to hear! Music to a cooks ears 🙂 Thanks for a great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    March 7, 2014

    These were soooo good and easy to make that we made them twice this week!! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!!

    And I love reading your posts; they’re so funny sometimes, perfect way to brighten up any day 🙂 Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      Awww thanks so much. I always wonder if anyone is reading the posts. I enjoy writing them. 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the meatballs :). Reply

  • Tatyana v
    March 6, 2014

    Natasha, thank you for sharing this recipe. My family loved it!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 6, 2014

      That’s awesome!! Music to my ears 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    March 6, 2014

    made it yesterday! Absolutely delicious! I would recommend this dish no questions asked! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 6, 2014

      That’s so great! Thanks Olga for the great review!! I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Reply

  • Snej
    March 6, 2014

    Made them yesterday with mushed potatoes, perfect dinner and lunch for the next day:) Thank you 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 6, 2014

      Do do re-heat really well! 🙂 I’m so happy you enjoyed the meatballs and you are very welcome 😉 Reply

  • March 4, 2014

    Made these today and served them with homemade pasta: YUM! Thank you for such a delicious and quick recipe.
    Oksana Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2014

      Ooooh my goodness, homemade pasta? Wow that sounds so good! I haven’t mastered homemade pasta yet. Do you have a good recipe for it? Reply

      • March 13, 2014

        I actually used the recipe from Olga’s Flavor Factory 🙂 Reply

  • Brad
    March 4, 2014

    Hi Natasha,

    If I want to make this recipe non-dairy, can I substitute the sour cream for mayonnaise? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2014

      Yes you could, or just leave it out altogether. It enhances the color and makes it just a little bit creamier. Reply

  • diana
    March 4, 2014

    I made these with noodles and they turned out pretty amazing. I did grinder my onion with meat, it incorporates well and much much faster then grating. Thank you this recipe is def. a must try 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2014

      That’s a great idea! I don’t know why I’ve never tried that. Thanks for sharing your brilliance 🙂 Reply

  • Vika
    March 4, 2014

    Made this today for dinner! It was so yummy…thank you for a great recipe Natasha 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2014

      You’re so welcome! I’m happy you liked it. 🙂 Reply

  • Veronika M
    March 3, 2014

    Thank you Natasha for the wonderful tefteli recipe !! Made them for dinner tonight and they came out so tender.Truly reminded me of the childhood dinners that my babushka used to make 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2014

      Veronika, thank you for such a great review and you are welcome :). Reply

  • March 3, 2014

    Thanks Natasha for a great recipe:-) I love different kind of sauces that go with meat balls, your amazing 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2014

      You are welcome Karolina, it’s fun to experiment :). Reply

  • Geri
    March 3, 2014

    These look amazing! I will be making these later in the week. I’m so glad I found your website! My Ukrainian husband thanks you! 🙂 I made your newest borshch recipe last week and it was delicious. I usually use my MIL recipe, but it was nice to do it a little differently:) Also made your canape and those were a big hit with everyone! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2014

      Geri, you are very welcome ;). Let me know how those meatballs will turn out. Reply

  • Natalie
    March 2, 2014

    OK Natasha, you are making me drool!!! 🙂 Tefteli are one of my favorites and I will have them with mashed potatoes please 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      oooh good choice! 🙂 Reply

  • March 2, 2014

    Looks delicious.
    This is the same meat mixture that I use to stuff peppers and cabbage rolls. And sometimes, when I stuff cabbage rolls, I’d roll a few of those tefteli, which kids absolutely love.This way I don’t end up with bunch of unrolled cabbage as a result of kids taking out the meat from golubtsi. 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      Thank you! I’ve done that before too; re-purposing the filling! No waste in our kitchens, right? 🙂 Reply

  • Iryna B.
    March 2, 2014

    Yay! Comfort food! Thank you, Natasha!
    I’ve been sick off and on since Nov.13 and this dish reminded me home.
    (Of course I cook chicken bullion soup too!) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      I hope you feel better soon!! This dish reminds me of my Mamas cooking also 🙂 Reply

  • Liz
    March 2, 2014

    Nice recipe. Thanks Natasha and have a Great Weekend! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      You’re welcome and you have an amazing weekend too!! Reply

  • Dasha
    March 2, 2014

    I am soooo making these today! I have ground veal, so will use that instead, although have to say that ground chicken/turkey tefteli are just so amazingly tender and smooth. Love this recipe because the sauce is so simple! I often heat tefteli through by putting them in the over for a bit. Also, sometimes I top them with shredded cheese afterwards (ignore the added calories ;)). My husband loves that! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      Let me know how you like it with veal. I’m so curious! I hope you love them!! I like to sprinkle things with extra calories all the time, so I’m not judging you one bit! Lol Reply

      • Dasha
        March 5, 2014

        They turned out pretty great with veal! Super-yummy sauce! Will definitely make again with chicken or turkey! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 5, 2014

          That’s so great to know! Thanks for sharing Dasha 🙂 Reply

  • March 2, 2014

    Yum! Mashed potatoes all the way for me! Such comfort food from my childhood. I think my mom used to add a bit of tomato paste to the sauce. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      So true! Did you guys also grow up on buttered macaroni with pickles? 😉 Reply

      • March 2, 2014

        Um…that’s pretty much assumed. 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 2, 2014

          Lol. Good answer 😉 Reply

  • Oh you add rice to tefteli? I’ve never done them like that, may be I should try…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      Yeah. You can also use bread crumbs if you wanted to.It just makes more meatballs without using too much meat 🙂 Reply

      • inna
        March 2, 2014

        Makes them really soft and tender:) Reply

  • March 1, 2014

    Pickles again?! I looking out for them 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      I know it, I’m ridiculous. Also, I wrote this post after a really long 12-hour shift! 😉 Reply

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