This chicken meatballs recipe tastes just like your favorite chicken Parmesan! Make some today with fresh ingredients and delicious marinara.
Recipes like Parmesan Chicken Meatballs
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs Recipe Video
To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.
Parmesan Chicken Meatballs Recipe + Video
- 1 pound ground chicken breast
- 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated, 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 black pepper, fresh cracked
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
- Set aside 1 cup marinara, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned.
- Turn oven to broil.
- Drizzle a spoonful of marinara over each meatball. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2013, updated and republished January 2021
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