Spiced Chicken Meatballs in Split Pea Pilaf

  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 151 1/2
  • Cook 45 mins

National Chicken Council


2 pounds ground chicken
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 -- eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 -- onion
16 ounces yellow split peas
7 cups chicken broth
1 cup dried apricots, diced
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup chives, chopped
3 tablespoons mint, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Spray jelly roll pan with non-stick vegetable spray.  
  2. In medium bowl, blend together ground chicken, bread crumbs, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons salt and half (one-eighth cup) chopped parsley.  Knead mixture with hands until it is smooth.  Wet hands and form mixture into meatballs, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Place meatballs on prepared jelly roll pan; bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  3. In very large soup pot, warm olive oil over medium heat.  Stir in onion; cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in split peas, chicken broth, apricots and walnuts.  Gently stir in meatballs.  Increase heat to high; bring broth to a boil.  Cover pan; reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes, until split peas are tender.  Stir in remaining parsley, chives, mint, salt and pepper.