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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

These plump and juicy chicken meatballs are delicious over egg noodles or creamy mashed potatoes. This is an easy chicken dinner idea for a busy weeknight and it comes together in less than 30 minutes. This is one of the top rated recipes on our blog (5-stars, 24 reviews) and we want you to see just how easy it is with this quick video. The flavors of the sauce are similar to that of Swedish meatballs but this is the slavic version, a.k.a. Tefteli.

Let’s go back in time to the old country (Ukraine) when I was a toddler. Most folks were poor and there was a huge separation between upper and lower class citizens with a very small margin for the middle class. I remember my Mom telling me stories of how she had to get up early to get milk at the market or they would sell out and there would be no milk to bring home (Mom had 5 kids under age 6 so she wisely made arrangements to buy milk from the neighbor’s cow). Ingredients, especially in wintertime, were scarce.

Times were difficult but out of that struggle, delicious things were created with common and inexpensive ingredients. Take this chicken meatballs recipe for example, It’s bulked up with rice so it’s less expensive to make for a large family but the flavor and texture are really good! Many of my recipes are that way and I love that about Slavic food – taking simple ingredients and turning them into something truly delicious. I think these will win you over.

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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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  • Millard n Couch
    August 6, 2018

    Want to know–Do you cook your rice first? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2018

      Hi Millard! We used cooked rice! Reply

  • Yelena
    August 5, 2018

    Soooo good! I cooked them for dinner yesterday and my picky 4-years old had a helping of tefteli with pasta. I freezed leftover with noodles and rice for my husband’s lunch, so he can take it to work and reheat. I am sure that will work, because I freezed previosly other cooked meatballs. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      Hi Yelena! Yes these should be just fine after freezing! I’m happy you all enjoyed these! Reply

  • Lulu
    July 29, 2018

    Great recipe. I use a teaspoon of dijon mustard in my “gravy” as it adds a bit of “zing” to the taste. Enjoying your recipes very much. Brings back the wonderful days of cooking with my Mom and Mother-In-Law. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2018

      Awe that’s the best! Thank you for sharing that with me Lulu! Reply

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2018

    Hi! I was wondering if you can replace the chicken broth with heavy whipped cream? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2018

      Hi Sarah, the broth adds flavor and also helps to thin out the sauce. We only make this with the broth, but I think you would need to replace it with something else or the sauce would be overly thick with only cream especially since the meatballs are dredged in flour which also makes the sauce thicken up a little. Reply

  • Rita
    April 4, 2018

    Hi!
    I’m looking for some freezer friendly meals and was wondering if you tried to freeze these raw or cooked to cook later.. please let me know! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2018

      Hi Rita, I haven’t tried freezing these so I’m not altogether sure how the sauce would hold up. I think it would be worth experimenting. If you test it out, let me know how it goes 🙂 Reply

  • Carol
    January 5, 2018

    👍 Reply

  • Theresa Wright
    December 1, 2017

    I am wanting to make these for a Christmas party but there is a meeting before the party starts. After they are completely done could I put them and the gravy in a crockpot on warm? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 1, 2017

      Hi Theresa, I think that would work for keeping them warm. If the meeting is going to be a long one, I would suggest stirring in 1 to 2 Tbsp of water into the sauce before placing into the crockpot so it doesn’t get dry. Reply

  • Alfred K Hicks
    October 3, 2017

    Chicken meatballs look great, can”t wait to make some. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 3, 2017

      They are delicious Alfred! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • September 5, 2017

    Made today, the inlaws were liking the meatballs before I made the sauce. Once the sauce was made and they tried that, they were hooked 🙂 The inlaws actually tried the sauce before I did, and when I did, wow, excellent! Followed the recipe as written, and used one small carton of Greek yogurt, perfect. Thank you for another outstanding recipe, Natasha! 5 Stars but I do not see rating to click. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 5, 2017

      You’re welcome Lee! I’m glad to hear how much everyone enjoys this recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • gjg97
    August 29, 2017

    First recipe from here that we made. Delish! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Faye
    May 12, 2017

    Made this recipe a few weeks ago. It was good! Will definitely make again. Reply

  • Stephanie Ulinski
    April 22, 2017

    Do you think ground turkey would work for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 22, 2017

      Stephanie, one of the readers (Diane) wrote – “We loved it! I did substitute ground turkey for ground chicken because we have a wonderful supplier of turkey products in our area and it’s easier to come by. Other than that I didn’t change a thing.”
      Hope this helps 😬 Reply

      • Stephanie
        May 23, 2017

        Natasha, thanks so much! I made them with ground turkey and they were delicious!! Will definitely be making these again! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 23, 2017

          You’re welcome Stephanie! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • Leah
    February 25, 2017

    Another fav to ad to my meal rotation. So fast, easy and super delicious! Thanks again for another winner 👍🏻 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 25, 2017

      You’re welcome Leah! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! 😀 Reply

  • Lulu
    February 18, 2017

    Hi Natasha!
    Can you tell me what brand are you pots and pans? Like in this video the skillet is so nice and big. I’m looking for something like this. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2017

      Hi Lulu, I have pots and pans from all over the place! This large deep one that you see in the video is actually a Kirkland brand, comes with a lid and was sold in a large pack of Kirkland brand pots and pans. I have since given away most of them and kept this one because of it’s size. Reply

  • susan
    January 16, 2017

    do you have the written version instead of the video. don’t know why people only do the videos’s. dislike the videos. as I always save mainly all your recipies except the videos and I want to try this 1 out Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2017

      Hi Susan, It’s not always possible to do both because of time constraints but luckily we do have this one in photo format as well. Yay!! I have a link in the post above but you can also get there by clicking here.  Reply

      • Sandra
        January 16, 2017

        Love the videos, keep ’em coming Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 16, 2017

          Thank you so much Sandra! 🙂 Reply

  • Mila Zazhitskiy
    September 15, 2016

    Love the baby crawling out in the background at the end of the video. That was great 🙂
    Will be making these tonight, thanks for your awesome video recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 15, 2016

      Ha ha! Yeah I’m so glad we didn’t try to re-film that scene! 😉 Reply

  • Olga
    August 30, 2016

    Thank you for this recipe. I’m going to make them for my nephews wedding on 9-10-16,can’t wait. My family likes your website. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2016

      Olga, you are very welcome and I’m happy to hear that our website is a blessing to your family 😀. Reply

  • Veronica
    July 28, 2016

    It would be nice if you could include video and a written out recipe. I don’t like watching videos but I’m sure some people do. This way everybody can enjoy your blog Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 28, 2016

      Veronica, I have a link to the written out recipe below the video. Click here to view the step by step written out instructions. Hope this helps ?. Reply

  • V.S.
    June 16, 2016

    What you adding in 2:10 time of video?
    Im not really understand 🙂

    Can i get printable version for all ingredient ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 16, 2016

      Hi there! Absolutely, I always have a print friendly (I have the link next to the video player in this post), or click here to print the recipe and see the step by step photo tutorial. Reply

  • Bakinggirl
    June 4, 2016

    Just made these yesterday and can’t get over how juicy they are in the sauce! I have always made kotleti but they dont always turn out juicy, so this will be my go to recipe now:) Thanks a lot:) Reply

  • Ksenia
    April 17, 2016

    My 4.5 yo daughter loves these chicken meatballs. I ended up buying the meat grinder attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer literally just because of this recipe. I buy the chicken thighs, grind them through the thing twice and follow the rest of the recipe. I just add more spices than what you have (like more paprika, some chili powder, some dill and some coriander and ground cloves to the chicken meatball itself). The sauce I kept exactly the same. 🙂 Again, thank you soooo much for this recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2016

      That is so great to hear! That is the best feeling when our kids love what we Mamas make :). Thank you for sharing that with us! 🙂 Reply

  • Dan Dan
    April 3, 2016

    where are the list of ingredients and directions? Viewers whom wish to copy and the recipe into software are unable to do so!!

    I utilize Cook’n software to capture and store recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2016

      Hi Dan, I always make it easy for my readers to access the recipes. Please note there are two links to the print friendly recipe in this post (one in the firs paragraph) and one just after the video. Reply

    • Yelena
      May 9, 2016

      Ooo Cook’n software. Im going to have to try that out. Reply

  • Westindianbella
    March 6, 2016

    I love it so yummy im gonna try these.I Love the part where the baby came crawling in the back awwwww xxxxzz Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 6, 2016

      Ha ha, thanks! I think she stole the show 🙂 Reply

  • patrick sant
    February 16, 2016

    can you please write the recipes in a printable version? I have a collection of internet recipes and this is definitely going there Reply

  • Fran
    February 15, 2016

    OMG absolutely delish! Thank you for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2016

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

  • Diane
    February 13, 2016

    I made this for dinner tonight. We loved it! I did substitute ground turkey for ground chicken because we have a wonderful supplier of turkey products in our area and it’s easier to come by. Other than that I didn’t change a thing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear you loved it! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Angharad
    February 8, 2016

    Good video, adorable baby, I’ve made your chicken and mushrooms (Chicken Gloria) many times and so I’m sure this will be a hit too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2016

      Thank you Angharad and I would love to hear your review once you give this recipe a try 😀. Reply

  • Tatyana
    February 5, 2016

    Delicious recipe and adorable baby! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2016

      Thank you Tatyana 😊. Reply

  • Veronika
    February 1, 2016

    Hello Natasha,i made this recipe and it was “the lunch of envy” at work!!I was wondering what is the make and size of the frying pan you use,as currently i dont have any with covers and was looking to get one.Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked it!! The pan I have is from a set from Costco. It is a 5 1/2 Qt and is very similar to this one on AmazonReply

  • Malou
    January 28, 2016

    Hi Natasha. I will surely try this new recipe of yours. I have been a fan of your Chicken and Mushroom Casserole. I’ve cooked it several times already. It’s a big hit with my family. I’m sure they will love this meatball recipe. Oh, i’ve spotted the Baby :). She’s so cute and adotable! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! And thank you for the sweet compliment. I agree and can’t get enough of her 🙂 Reply

  • January 28, 2016

    Hi Natasha! Love your blog. Made your prime rib for Xmas and made these meatballs two nights ago with ground turkey. Doubled the sauce to serve on white rice with a side of mashed potatoes. So tender and delicious.

    Keep up the great work! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Thank you so much Robin for the awesome reviews! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Gillian
    January 26, 2016

    My husband is lactose intolerant. do you have any ideas what I could add to sauces to make them creamy. These meatball look delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      I suppose you could just omit the sour cream and have a lighter sauce. It would still work. The only lactose free substitute I’ve tried is heavy cream so I’m not sure what else to suggest. Reply

  • January 26, 2016

    This looks perfect for tonight, Natasha!
    Love the gravy. Looks like such a comforting meal. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Thank you so much Coco! I hope you love it 🙂 Reply

  • Iryna
    January 26, 2016

    Hi Natasha. I do not remember how I got on your website, but I am sure glad I did. I was born and raised in Ukraine, western part near the Polish border. Growing up, I remember eating simple dishes but soooo delicious. And it is something I miss, although I try my best to cook the meals I grew up with and keep traditions. So, that being said, I think that I was looking for more familiar and homie dishes when I saw your website. I really like how you manage the website. I like the pictures and all small details you post about cooking/baking/ prepping and etc. It helps a lot, because I know what the dish should look like.
    About this recipe: I made these meatballs with ground pork instead of chicken. I happened to have the pork, so used it and they turned out OMG!!!! I also added a little bit of freshly ground nutmeg at the end, just for the flavor, I guess… My mother would make these when I was a child but she never made them as meatballs, they were always kotlety; but the same concept. She never mixed it with cooked rice though. But these are really awesome. You can eat them with or without ANYTHING. Mmmmmm…
    I check your website every day and print something new and then make it at home. I love it.
    Thank you again for the awesome job and posting these delicious meals. Slavic food is really good!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Welcome to my site! I’m so happy you’re here! Thank you for sharing your story with me and your history with this recipe. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Alena
    January 25, 2016

    Could you do a video on pelmeni? I know that’s a lot of work.😜 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Alena, thank you so much of the suggestion. I will definitely keep it in mind 😁. Reply

  • Emmie
    January 25, 2016

    Hello Natasha,

    Thanks for the recipe. I wanted to know how the taste would change if we added heavy cream versus sour cream. Please let me know. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Emmie, sause will be a little less tangy and slightly creamier. Reply

  • January 25, 2016

    They all look delicious !! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2016

      Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • Sarit
    January 24, 2016

    If I’m trying to be gluten free and omit the flour or add corn stArch to the sauce instead and don’t coat the meatballs in flour will it still work Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2016

      I have not tested it that way, but I do think it’s worth a try. I think it would work without dredging them in flour, but you will need to thicken the sauce afterwards. I think a gluten-free flour would work to thicken the sauce. Reply

  • Oksana
    January 24, 2016

    Hi Natasha! Your blog is awesome)) thank you so much for such a great job! Your recipes are amazing. I read your blog every day to get inspiration for my cooking. I love your videos as well, just wish there were more of those. However with 2 small kids I can imagine how limited your time is. Thanks again Sweetheart, good luck with all your plans! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2016

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that this is a place of inspiration for you :). That’s awesome! Reply

  • GottaEat
    January 24, 2016

    Hi Natasha. I made this recipe twice. First time I was really impressed – especially the sauce – was super delicious. Second time ’round, I decided to add a few things only because that’s how I role. Added some crushed red chilies to the meatballs, some grated Parmigiana, some parsley and pureed the onion. Baked them in a super hot oven and they came out moist and flavorful. For the sauce I sauteed a few small shallots along with a couple cloves garlic before adding the flour then followed the rest of your sauce recipe. My Goodness -could not stop eating it. Thank You for posting such an Awesome recipe from your heritage – we need more of them. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2016

      Thank you for sharing your modifications – your ideas sound delicious! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Fatty
    January 23, 2016

    Thank you Very much. Natasha.
    Fatty Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2016

      You are welcome 😃. Reply

  • January 23, 2016

    My husband is going to love this! Love the cameo 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2016

      Thanks Patty! 🙂 Reply

  • Fatty Llaca
    January 23, 2016

    Hi Natasha.your family is lovely.
    How can I do to enter the giveaway?
    I really enjoy an do your delicious recipes. Thank you very much
    Fatty Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2016

      Hi :). Are you referring to the newsletter giveaway? All you have to do is be subscribed and you are already entered 🙂 Reply

  • Maria
    January 23, 2016

    Hi, Natasha, thank you for your blog. I have loved your recipes. I used to live close to Boise, and miss it. It is a nice place to live. I love your recipes. they have all been delicious. One of my tenants is from the Ukraine and he loves my cooking, and this is how I found your website. I look forward to more delicious recipes. Thank you. You are great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2016

      It really is such a nice place to live. Thanks Maria and I hope you love the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Margie
    January 23, 2016

    Nathasha, I love your recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2016

      Thank you so much Margie! 🙂 Reply

  • January 22, 2016

    This is certainly a comforting meal, perfect for Friday night after a long week. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2016

      Thank you Coco, let me know how you like it 😀. Reply

  • Rimma
    January 22, 2016

    Natasha thank you so much for this recipe they turned really good so jucy😋 and so easy to make love love your blog👍🏻 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2016

      Thank you Rimma, you are so sweet 😁. Reply

  • Nina
    January 22, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I dont find ground chicken, just beef or turkey, would it work or not a good idea? thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2016

      Hi Nina, I grind my own chicken thighs (this can be done in a meat grinder or in a food processor (just dice up the meat first). I think turkey would work but ground turkey thighs would be juicier. Reply

  • Natasha
    January 22, 2016

    I think I need to watch this video again and focus more on the recipe lol because I was looking for the baby entire time lol
    She’s So sweet!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2016

      Maybe she should make an appearance in every video, but then we’d never get any cooking done. lol. 🙂 Reply

  • January 21, 2016

    Yes! I’m sitting here trying to scope out the ingredients and it looks like I have everything I need to make this! Looks super good! May have to try it out! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2016

      I love when that happens! Let me know what you think of them 🙂 Reply

  • January 21, 2016

    Another awesome video! Especially that precious darling at the end:).
    Simple, delicious dinner. Meatballs are always a big hit, especially with a creamy sauce. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2016

      Thank you so much Olga! I love that she snuck into the video :). I agree, meatballs are always a hit at our house too 🙂 Reply

  • lilly
    January 21, 2016

    Going to make it tomorrow for dinner. Thanks for the recipe, Natasha! Looks delicious! 
    Your little one is very gorgeous:)
    Do you know any good recepies how to make печёночный торт из свинной печени? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2016

      Thank you so much Lilly 🙂 I don’t have any liver recipes as I’m not a big fan of liver myself so I’m not sure I’ll have one in the future either. Sorry I’m not much help! Reply

  • Evelina
    January 21, 2016

    I seriously just watched your video with not sound at work to just get a glimpse of that baby girl! She is so precious! She’s stealing the show! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2016

      Ha ha that’s awesome!! I agree. She’ll need her own cooking channel soon 🙂 It would probably be more like flour flying everywhere. Reply

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