Friday, January 22, 2021

Parmesan Chicken Meatballs Recipe + Video

This chicken meatballs recipe tastes just like your favorite chicken Parmesan! Make some today with fresh ingredients and delicious marinara.

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A classic Italian dish is transformed into tender, flavorful bites that are ready to eat in just 30 minutes!

Topped with tangy marinara and melted cheese, they make the perfect lazy meal or party appetizer.

If you enjoy these chicken Parmesan meatballs, try my Cheesy Meatball Pull-Apart Bread. It’s like a full Italian dinner in one irresistible bite!

Or, make this Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe if you’re a fan of spicy flavor. They taste just like your favorite game day wings but are easier to make and far less messy to eat.

Chicken parmesan meatball ingredients in a bowl

Chicken Meatballs Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t overmix! Doing so will create a tough, dry meatball, and no one likes that. Mix the ingredients gently just until combined, and handle the meatballs as little as possible.
  • Use a scoop. Not only will it make the process faster, but you’ll get uniform-sized meatballs that will bake more evenly.
  • Avoid cracks by coating your hands with olive oil before rolling the meat into rounds. It helps them form better and keeps everything from sticking to your hands as well.
  • No fresh herbs? It’s just as easy to use dried herbs instead. Simply reduce each amount to a little less than half, and crush the herbs in your palm before adding them to the mixture.
  • Skip the prebagged shreds. Since these contain a preservative to prevent clumping, they end up with a waxy texture and don’t melt as well. Do yourself a favor and grate some fresh cheese by hand. 

Meatballs on a baking sheet

Serving Suggestions
Enjoy these on their own or serve them over a plate of cooked pasta. They would even make a delicious meatball sandwich.

Marinara is the obvious choice for dipping sauce, but garlic butter and alfredo sauce are great options as well.

Baked Chicken Meatballs on a baking sheet

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need For Ground Chicken Meatballs
  • Large Bowl - This one is my go-to!
  • Baking Sheets - Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
  • Parchment paper for easy work and no fuss clean up.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Scoop - Great for meatballs, cookies, ice cream, and portioning out leftovers. I’ve had this set for years and use them all the time.
  • Cheese Grater - As much as I love buying shredded cheese because I'm lazy, freshly grated cheese melts down so much better.
sauce on meatballs

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I make ground chicken meatballs ahead of time?

You can easily make a few batches at once and freeze them for easy dinners. Allow the chicken meatballs to come to room temperature, then flash freeze them on a lined baking sheet.

Transfer to a freezer bag so you can grab as many as you need at a time and store for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator and cook for about 10 minutes in a 350°F oven.

chicken meatballs with sauce and cheese

Can I use a different type of ground meat?
Sure! The blend of herbs and cheese would taste delicious with turkey, beef, or even pork. Just keep in mind that each meat has a different fat content, which may affect cook time.

Always check to make sure your food is cooked all the way through and make adjustments accordingly.


meatballs in a stack

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stacks of chicken parmesan meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.

Yield: Makes 48
Author: Donna Elick
Parmesan Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Parmesan Chicken Meatballs Recipe

This chicken meatballs recipe tastes just like your favorite chicken Parmesan! Make some today with fresh ingredients and delicious marinara.
Prep time: 12 MinCook time: 18 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, grated (or minced)
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 cup marinara sauce (divided)
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  2. Set aside 1 cup marinara, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients (chicken, breadcrumbs, 1 cup Parmesan, garlic, onion, 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and egg). Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.
  4. Using a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat mixture and place on baking sheet. After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls.
  5. Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Turn oven to broil.
  7. Drizzle a spoonful of marinara over each meatball. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Title text (pictured in a stack): Parmesan Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Originally published October 2013, updated and republished January 2021

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  1. Your recipes are always amazingly simple yet look so delicious! I want to try this out very soon as we experiment with ground chicken. We usually have ground pork or beef but never chicken! Good starting point, methinks.

  2. I'm commenting cause those chicken parm meatballs look so dang good n it should be commented on!

  3. I would like to get the recipe..but when I click the printable recipe link it takes me to a page where I have to download a new Total recipe Home Page. Not good!!!

    1. If you hit print it will pull up a printable page. Press PRINT and it will take you there. Let me know if this works now. Enjoy!

    2. I can't get to the Italian Herb recipe either. I click on it and it takes me to a picture.

    3. Priscilla,

      Click the image or the bold recipe title and it will take you to the page for the recipe. The actual recipe is toward the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

  4. Hi when you freeze these do you leave the marinara sauce and cheese off and freeze before that stage, or with it on?

  5. I'm on the weight watchers plan and wondering what the serving size is - I would think maybe 3 mtbls but retying to figure out points. Any help would be appreciated

  6. Can you tell me what the serving size would be. I'm thinking 3 mtbls. I'm on the Weight Watchers Plan and am trying to figure out prs and serving size.

  7. These are too cute! They're like mini chicken parmesans. :) It would be so easy to add these to some noodles and marinara, you'd have a full dinner. What an awesome idea!

  8. You say you use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoop but your recipe says use 1 Tablespoon of the chicken mixture... so do you make meatballs using 1 tablespoon or 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture?

  9. These are the bomb! Just like mini chicken parms! Im taking them to a meeting tomorrow....i dont know how there will be any left!! They are too good!!

  10. I was looking for an awesome recipe for my husband and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! He is so happy! Thanks for this!

  11. wow delicious .. your recipe very nice !!!!

  12. It turned out sooo yummy. I used sliced cheddar cheese on the bottom and sliced Colby Monterey jalapeño cheese on top and i added fresh green chilies and onions to the scrambled eggs. I didn’t have any maple syrup so I used brown sugar and butter and added some Chia seeds. ❤️❤️🤗🤗

  13. What can I exchange for the bread crumbs? I’m on keto. Thank you

  14. Can you make this same recipe as a meatloaf (removing the extra work of rolling them into balls)? Any advice on how to do this?

  15. I have the same question. What changes would I have to make to make as a meatloaf? How long would I bake before topping with mozzarella?

  16. The recipe looks really good but I am confused ? I wanted to see the Video and no Video found . It does say with Video .

  17. Do you have to use fresh Parmesan cheese or can it be Kraft?

  18. Just want clarification, how much parmesan cheese goes in the chicken mixture? I went with 1 cup and they were delicious. I did use kraft cheese, but next time I'll shred my own. I want to use the correct ingredients. Thank you.

    1. I read and reread the recipe as I'm going to bake these this weekend and I'm not sure of the quantity of Parmesan cheese. The ingredients mentions a quarter cup but the instructions mentions one cup. I'm confused.

    2. I am also having this problem. I have made it with one cup of parmesan several times.

  19. Recipe calls for 1 1/4 cup Parmesan. Instruction #2 say set aside 1/4 cup Parmesan in the cheese mix for the topping to be used in instruction #7.. Instruction #3 says add 1 cup Parmesan to chicken mixture for the meatballs..


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