Chicken Meatballs & Creamy Polenta with Tomato Sugo & Lacinato Kale

Chicken Meatballs & Creamy Polenta

with Tomato Sugo & Lacinato Kale

20 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Tomato “sugo” (or sauce) is a cornerstone of classic Italian cooking. And chefs, it takes only a few delicious ingredients to make a truly irresistible sugo. Ours combines hand-crushed tomatoes and garlic, which we’re simmering with Lacinato kale and traditionally seasoned chicken meatballs. With creamy polenta and a dusting of Parmesan cheese, this dish is everything we love about great Italian food: simple, comforting and richly flavorful.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    645 Cals (est.)
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Chicken Meatballs & Creamy Polenta with Tomato Sugo & Lacinato Kale
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water and a big pinch of salt to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove and discard the kale stems; thinly slice the leaves. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

Cook the polenta:
2 Cook the polenta:

Slowly add the polenta to the pot of boiling water, whisking to break up any clumps. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened and tender. (If the polenta seems too thick, gradually add up to ¼ cup of water to achieve your desired consistency.) Remove from heat and whisk in the butter until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Form the meatballs:
3 Form the meatballs:

While the polenta cooks, in a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, spice blend, half the cheese and half the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 to 14 equal-sized meatballs.

Brown the meatballs:
4 Brown the meatballs:

While the polenta continues to cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides.

Make the tomato sugo & finish the meatballs:
5 Make the tomato sugo & finish the meatballs:

Add the kale and remaining garlic to the pan of meatballs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Add the tomatoes and ⅓ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve your dish:
6 Serve your dish:

Divide the cooked polenta between 2 dishes. Top with the finished meatballs and tomato sugo. Garnish with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water and a big pinch of salt to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove and discard the kale stems; thinly slice the leaves. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

2 Cook the polenta:

Slowly add the polenta to the pot of boiling water, whisking to break up any clumps. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened and tender. (If the polenta seems too thick, gradually add up to ¼ cup of water to achieve your desired consistency.) Remove from heat and whisk in the butter until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Form the meatballs:
3 Form the meatballs:

While the polenta cooks, in a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, spice blend, half the cheese and half the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 to 14 equal-sized meatballs.

4 Brown the meatballs:

While the polenta continues to cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned on all sides.

Brown the meatballs:
Make the tomato sugo & finish the meatballs:
5 Make the tomato sugo & finish the meatballs:

Add the kale and remaining garlic to the pan of meatballs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Add the tomatoes and ⅓ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Serve your dish:

Divide the cooked polenta between 2 dishes. Top with the finished meatballs and tomato sugo. Garnish with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

Serve your dish:
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