Chicken Meatball Stroganoff

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Low Carb Stroganoff is a great meal for the entire family

If you’re looking for a low carb meatball stroganoff recipe that’s not only tasty, but filled with better-for-you ingredients that won’t derail you from your weight loss goals, then you must try this yummy Chicken Meatball Stroganoff.

This delicious stroganoff recipe comes directly from my Feast Fall Cycle 1 Meal Plan that we use for our cycle 1 challenge (this is a seasonal plan that’s only available for a few months each year). 

It was a huge hit, so I thought I’d share it with the world!

This particular stroganoff recipe is served over low carb mashed cauliflower, so you feel like you are getting the real thing without all the extra carbs and calories from regular mashed potatoes.

Plus, this is a yummy dinner that your entire family can get on board with, too!

If your family members aren’t into mashed cauliflower, you can serve their helpings with regular mashed potatoes or a more traditional route with egg noodles!

Low Carb Chicken Meatball Stroganoff is a cycle 1 friendly dinner for the 17 day diet

Chicken Meatball Stroganoff Ingredients

Like most of my low carb recipes, this one is simple to make.  It only includes a few key ingredients, which many you might already have on hand:

  • ground, lean chicken (or turkey)
  • white onion
  • garlic
  • Tarragon
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • sliced mushrooms
  • chicken broth
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream

You’ll notice that the ingredients above do NOT include breadcrumbs for the meatballs. We’re keeping this low carb, so we’ll use a little parmesan cheese to bind the ingredients together.

If you don’t want to serve meatballs, simply brown your ground meat (I’d skip the Parmesan Cheese as you won’t need it), and make yourself a yummy meat sauce!

ingredients are simple for this low carb stroganoff recipe and include chicken, mushrooms, seasonings and sour cream

Low Carb Beef Stroganoff

Traditionally, stroganoff is made with beef (usually a sirloin or other cut of meat) and it’s usually served over noodles. 

If you’re not a fan of ground chicken, you can certainly use ground beef if you’d like.

Here are a few other recommendations of other proteins you can use instead of chicken:

  • Ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Ground lamb
  • Ground pork

You can also use a combo of any of the above – you can easily do a half beef and half pork meatball that will give the dish an extra richness to it!

Low Carb Stroganoff can be made with your favorite protein such as beef, chicken, pork or turkey

How to Serve Low Carb Stroganoff

While this particular recipe calls for serving your meatballs and sauce over mashed cauliflower, the sky is the limit on how you decide to serve this sauce.

If you’re not going the low carb route, you can easily use real mashed potatoes or your favorite pasta (egg noodles would work best).

You can also serve this over white or brown rice, depending on your preference. 

Here’s a recap of what you can use for this recipe:

  • mashed cauliflower (per this recipe)
  • mashed potatoes
  • egg noddles
  • white or brown rice

If you're not eating low carb, traditional stroganoff can be served over noodles

Side Dishes to Serve with Low Carb Stroganoff 

My original recipe called for serving this dish with green beans. Green beans are fairly versatile and can be served with most meals.

Here are a few side dishes you can serve with this meal:

  • green beans
  • zucchini
  • asparagus
  • peas
  • small green salad

Low Carb Stroganoff can be served with your favorite side dishes such as green beans, peas or a nice garden salad

Low Carb Stroganoff for the 17 Day Diet

If you’re eating low carb on the 17 Day Diet, you can certainly have this yummy low carb Chicken Meatball Stroganoff on all cycles of the diet.

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed when, make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List for all the info!

You can also check out my book on Amazon called Fast Track Your Weight Loss With the 17 Day Diet which has all the food lists (and a 7 day meal plan, too!).

This low carb chicken meatball stroganoff is a great low carb dinner for all cycles of the 17 day diet

Can I have stroganoff on the Kickstart Diet?

Yes, you can definitely have this stroganoff recipe while on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet. You can have this dish starting on the 10-Day Stabilize Phase when certain dairy is allowed (cheese and sour cream).

If you want this dish earlier in the diet, you may want to omit the Parmesan Cheese (the meatballs will still be OK without it) and either leave out the cream cheese and sour cream or add in another type of creamy liquid (a touch of coconut milk or unsweetened seed milk). 

The sauce is perfectly fine without the creaminess, so try it without!

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed during each phase, make sure you take a look at my 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List.

If you're on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, you can also have this yummy low carb stroganoff recipe

Keto Stroganoff

If you’re on the Keto Diet, this dish can be eaten as is. Depending on your macros, you may want to use a fattier meat such as 80/20 ground beef and full fat sour cream.

If you’re new to keto, make sure you check out my Keto Diet Beginner’s Guide.

Are you unsure of which foods are keto friendly? Make sure you check out my Keto Diet Food List.

Other Low Carb Meatball Recipes

If you enjoy this Chicken Meatball Stroganoff recipe, make sure you check out these other amazing dishes that feature meatballs:

If you enjoy this low carb stroganoff recipe make sure you come back to review the recipe card below. If you’re on social, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your yummy meal.

Low Carb Chicken Meatball Stroganoff served over mashed cauliflower

Low Carb Chicken Meatball Stroganoff is a cycle 1 friendly dinner for the 17 day diet
Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken Meatball Stroganoff

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This low carb stroganoff recipe is made with chicken meatballs for an extra lean and low carb option for dinner time!


For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground, lean chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 white onion (1/4 of it minced for meatballs and remainder sliced for sauce)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried Tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese (not shredded)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

For the sauce:

  • 1 small carton sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced onion (from the ingredients above)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Tarragon
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (or more to taste)
  • 2 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup low fat sour cream, to taste
  • Parsley, for garnish (optional)

For mashed cauliflower:

  • 2 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoon Sour Cream, or more for desired consistency
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or roasted garlic
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


    For the stroganoff:

    1. Mix all ingredients (except oil) for meatballs. Form small meatballs. Set aside.
    2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil.
    3. Once oil is hot, add meatballs and cook roughly for 2 minutes on each
      side (turning a total of 4 times).
    4. Remove meatballs from the skillet. Set aside.
    5. In the same skillet, add remaining Olive oil and mushrooms, remaining sliced onions and saute until vegetables are soft.
    6. Add dried tarragon, chicken broth, cream cheese, and Worcestershire Sauce. Bring to a simmer and lightly whisk until cream cheese is fully incorporated and sauce thickens.
    7. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
    8. Add meatballs back into the skillet and continue to simmer until meatballs are fully warmed through and sauce is thickened to your liking.
    9. When ready to serve, add in sour cream and warm
    10. Serve over mashed cauliflower and garnish with chopped parsely (optional for added color).

    For the mashed cauliflower:

    1. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces.
    2. Steam cauliflower in a large pot in an inch of water. Steam until fork tender, about 7 to 8 minutes.
    3. Drain cauliflower for a few minutes covered in a colander until very dry.
    4. In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the sour cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until almost smooth.
    5. Add more sour cream to reach desired consistency, if needed.


Approved for:

17 Day Diet - all cycles

17 Day Kickstart Diet - 10-Day Stabilize Phase (see blog for earlier phases)

Keto Diet

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Meatball Stroganoff”

  1. I’m not sure what I did wrong. I followed the recipe exactly the way you have it and my sauce didn’t thicken up. Your sauce looks thick in your picture. I would like to make this again, but hopefully next time I can get a thicker sauce.

    • Oh shoot! I’m so sorry! I had made a minor change to the original recipe and completely forgot to update it (I’ve done that now). If you want to try it again, add 2 oz of room temp cream cheese and add this when you add your broth, gently simmer while whisking the cream cheese until it’s completely melted into the sauce. The cream cheese is there to help it thicken!


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