Mediterranean Chicken Meatball Bowls with Tzatziki

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These Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs in a bowl are an explosion of flavors. With juicy meatballs, homemade Tzatziki sauce, and greek salad filled with fresh vegetables, these bowls cannot get much better. An awesome way to meal prep for the week, or to have a flavorful family dinner, these bowls are one of my favorite ways to enjoy Mediterranean flavors. 
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Mediterranean chicken meatballs in a bowl of lettuce and rice with homemade tzatziki and greek salad.

These Mediterranean chicken meatballs are one of my favorite ways to meal prep. Add them to bowls of crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and yogurt tzatziki to make a vibrant and refreshing bowl you can enjoy for days.

Bowls are ideal for meal prep because they’re versatile, filling, and so good. From Hibachi Bowls to Teriyaki Salmon Bowls to Copycat KFC Bowls, the possibilities are endless. Make these meatballs as meal prep bowls or stuff in pita bread for Gyros!

Each component of these bowls are made with real ingredients, for a fresh and flavorful bowl that tastes like it came from your favorite Greek restaurant. If you’re in the mood for meatballs but want to switch up the flavor try buffalo chicken meatballs, Cajun meatball stew or air fryer chicken meatballs.

Plate of cooked chicken meatballs with lemon wedges and dill.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Fresh simple ingredients and flavors.
  • 37g of protein per bowl.
  • Juicy meatballs, flavorful homemade tzatziki, and fresh Greek salad.

Ingredients and Substitutions:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these Mediterranean meatball bowls. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Ingredients for bowls. Ground chicken, fresh vegetables, tzatziki, brown rice, lettuce and seasonings.
  • Ground Chicken: Ground beef, ground turkey and ground pork all work for the meatballs.
  • Brown Rice: while I love these with brown rice, any rice works great, even cauliflower rice!
  • Feta Cheese: I am using low fat feta but use any preferred cheese here.

Variations

  • Use storebought Tzazitki to save on time but this one is nice and easy!
  • For low carb turn this into a salad bowl or use cauliflower rice.
  • To lower the fat for this meal, use the air fry method for your meatballs and lower or omit olive oil in the salad and sauce.

Dietary Modifications

  • For gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs.  
  • For dairy-free, use a dairy-free yogurt for your Tzatziki sauce. Make sure there’s no hidden dairy in your breadcrumbs for the meatballs and use dairy-free feta cheese.

How to make Mediterranean meatball bowls (a visual step-by-step guide):

Step 1: make the meatballs

Ground chicken, spices, breadcrumbs and onions in a bowl.

Combine the meatball ingredients in a large bowl (image 1).

Mixed meatball ingredients in a bowl.

Mix all the ingredients until well combined (image 2).

Mixture formed into meatballs and in the air fryer basket.

Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs, approximately 42 grams each. Spray the air fryer pan with nonstick spray and lay the meatballs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, careful they do not touch (image 3).

Cooked air fried chicken meatballs.

Air fry at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through (image 4).

Step 2: make the tzatziki sauce

Cucumber, lemon, dill, yogurt and seasonings in a bowl.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (image 5). Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Fully mixed and combined tzatziki sauce.

Chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before serving (image 6).

Step 3: make Greek salad

Tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives and feta in a bowl.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (image 7).

Fully combined and mixed greek salad.

Mix to evenly combine and chill in the refrigerator before serving (image 8).

Step 4: assemble bowl

Serve the bowls assembled with lettuce, rice, meatballs, tzatziki and Greek salad (image 9).

Bed of lettuce topped with brown rice, greek salad mixture, homemade tzatziki and meatballs.

Expert Tip!

Make a double batch of meatballs and freeze the extras to pull out at a later date!

Recipe FAQs

What to serve with Meditteranean Meatballs?

Serve in a bowl like described with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill or fresh mint. Enjoy the meatballs alone with a side of rice and grilled vegetables or serve in pita bread with fresh veggies, lettuce and topped with the tzatziki sauce!

How to store meatball bowls

Store your leftover ingredients separately in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can split the ingredients between 4 containers to meal prep 4 Mediterranean Chicken Meatball Bowls to take on the go. Or simply take some mediterraneanmeatballs to enjoy as a snack. Enjoy cold or reheat your meatballs in the microwave. Both hot and cold are delicious!

How to pan sear the meatballs

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to make the meatballs in the oven

You can bake your Greek meatballs at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Mediterranean chicken meatballs in a bowl of lettuce and rice with homemade tzatziki and greek salad.

Mediterranean Chicken Meatball Bowls

Danielle Lima
These Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs in a bowl are an explosion of flavors. With juicy meatballs, homemade Tzatziki sauce, and greek salad filled with fresh vegetables, these bowls cannot get much better. An awesome way to meal prep for the week, or to have a flavorful family dinner, these bowls are one of my favorite ways to enjoy Mediterranean flavors. 
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine greek
Servings 4 servings
Calories 446 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground chicken 99/1
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs 28g
  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt 224g
  • 1/2 cup cucumber finely grated and drained, 84g
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Greek Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups cucumber chopped, 200g
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives sliced lengthwise, 80g
  • 1/2 cup fat-free feta cheese 56g
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt

For the Bowls

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce chopped

Instructions
 

For the Meatballs

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs, approximately 42 grams each.
  • Air fryer: Spray the air fryer pan with nonstick spray and lay out meatballs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, careful they do not touch. Air fry at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes until the meatballs are cooking through.
  • Pan seared: Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Baked: You can bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

For the Greek Salad

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix together to evenly combine and chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Assembly for Mediterranean Bowl

  • Serve the bowls assembled with lettuce, rice, meatballs, tzatziki and greek salad.
  • You can split the ingredients between 4 containers to meal prep 4 Mediterranean Chicken Meatball Bowls to take on the go. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as parsley or dill.

Notes

  • All nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions.
  • Measurements per bowl: ½ cup brown rice, 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce, 3 Mediterranean chicken meatballs, 85 grams of Tzatziki, and 137 grams of Greek salad. 
  • Meatball nutrition facts: 55 calories per meatball: 8 P / 2 C / 1 F – “Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs” in tracking apps. 
  • Tzatziki Nutrition facts: (85g) 77 calories per serving: 6 P / 4 C / 5 F – “Greek Yogurt Tzatziki” in tracking apps. 
  • When mixing and forming meatballs, be gentle. This ensures the meat doesn’t get touch.
  • Do not let meatballs touch in the air fryer to ensure an even cook. You may have to work in batches. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 37gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 714mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5g
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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it is DELICIOUS! It will be on repeat at my house. It’s also so versatile for just using what you have. Love it!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe has been on repeat at my house! My kids LOVE it, & leftovers are great for lunch the next day 🥳

5 from 25 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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