Linguine Al Limone with Chia-Chicken Meatballs | RECIPE
In a small bowl, whisk together the chia seeds and water and let stand for about 20 minutes. (Makes 3/4 cup extra-thick chia gel.) In a large bowl, use your hands to evenly combine the chia gel, ground chicken, oats, onion, kale, 1/4 cup of the cheese, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the parsley, oregano, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper, and the red pepper flakes (to your taste). When evenly combined, firmly form mixture into meatballs (about 1 tablespoon each). Heat light olive oil over medium heat, then add the meatballs to the pan, being careful not to over-crowd the pan. You may have to cook the meatballs in two batches. Remove from pan when meatballs are browned on all sides and cooked through. About 15 minutes, rotating only as needed. Cook the linguine according to package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. Bring the half-and-half, the remaining 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and reserved pasta water to a boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Add the drained pasta and toss to combine. Add the lemon juice and toss to combine. Add the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and toss to combine. Add the cooked meatballs back to the pan and toss to combine with the pasta. Serve topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and fresh basil.