Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Spring" Chicken Meat Loaf

Meat loaf typically finds itself settled in the annals of Comfort Food, which is all good - except when calories are being considered.  The good news is, the traditional fare can be lightened up significantly.  This recipe is an adaptation from a Cooking Light version calling for ground turkey breast.  I used ground chicken, as it is more readily available where I live in Brazil, but the results were the same:  a food good for the soul, easier on the belly.  Because it also calls for a nice amount of colorful and nutrient-dense vegetables, I'll call it a "Spring" Meat Loaf.

 Spring Chicken Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs ground chicken 
  • 1 c grated onion
  • 3/4 c dried Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c chopped parsley
  • 1/3 c finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 c grated carrots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 c ketchup + some for topping
1)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2)  Place chicken and breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl
3)  Prepare vegetables - I tend to have a one-tool-does-it-all approach with my processor
4)  Mix onion, parsley, bell pepper, carrots, salt and pepper with meat mixture
5)  Slightly beat eggs; add to meat/veggie mixture
6)  Mix in 1 cup of ketchup
7)  Place meat mixture in an oven-safe dish, shape into a loaf form
8)  Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes
9)  Remove loaf from oven, and drizzle with a good amount of ketchup to coat the top
10)  Place back in oven for additional 15 minutes

Of course, serves perfectly with garlic mashed potatoes - Chow time!

**NB - I imagine this recipe could easily be adapted to a crock pot - I'd do 4 hours on high, or 8 on low, with maybe a tad more ketchup to coat and keep moist.


  1. This looks wonderful! Found you via foodgawker! New follower!

  2. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is all about meatloaf. I do hope you link this nice one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

  3. Alison, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a great collection of meatloaves together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers