Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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My Chicken Parmesan obsession runs deep. We kicked off the week with a classic chicken parmesan recipe and today we’re getting fancy with Chicken Parmesan Meatballs!!

My cooking skills were somewhat limited in college. If you came over for dinner it was either chicken parm or a roasted chicken with salad. That’s it. The only options you got! You could say I’ve expanded my repertoire a bit since then (with over 1000 recipes on this site I think culinary school has officially paid off), but I always come back to chicken parm. My classic chicken parm recipe is a winner, but I wanted to jazz things up a bit today.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs from (@whatsgabycookin)

So I took each and every ingredient from the chicken parm recipe, and turned it into mozzarella stuffed chicken parmesan meatballs. So all those herbs – into the meatballs! The parmesan and breadcrumbs – into the meatballs. The mozzarella, well, you get the point! There’s even a bit of flour on the outside of every meatball to give it a bit of a crust.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs from (@whatsgabycookin)

I kinda of hate myself for not making these earlier, because to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. I practically licked the skillet clean when I made these. You absolutely, positively, must try these!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

4.9 from 118 votes
Your fav Chicken Parmesan recipe meets meatballs! These will be your new favorite weeknight meal no matter what your age!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cups flour
  • bocconcini mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • handful of basil leaves torn


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, parmesan, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and red pepper flakes. Carefully combine everything with your hands until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Form the ground chicken mixture into small meatballs, each the size of a golf ball.
  • Insert a small bocconcini ball in the center of each meatball, taking care to reform the meatball around the cheese once it’s been inserted. The mozzarella should be completely hidden from sight.
  • Dredge each meatball in the flour to lightly coat it and gently tap off any excess flour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add half of the meatballs and sauté for a 3-4 minutes, turning every so often to brown the outside.
  • Once the meatballs are browned, remove them from the oil and repeat the process with the remaining meatballs.
  • Once all meatballs are browned, add the tomato sauce to the skillet and place the browned meatballs on top of the sauce.
  • Transfer the skillet, meatballs and all, into the oven and let the meatballs continue to bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and dusting with salt, pepper, freshly chopped basil and extra bocconcini if desired. Serve immediately.


If you haven’t heard of this technique, I highly recommend dredging the raw meatballs in flour. This helps them form a delightful crust when you brown them in the pan!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1586mg | Potassium: 1175mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 984IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 4mg

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they were delicious ! I didn’t have a skillet so I just browned them and moved them to the sauce in a baking dish to cook (and sprinkled a little more mozzarella on top) and that worked perfectly ! Thanks Gaby!

  2. 5 stars
    These were amazing! They came together quickly and we’re just as quickly gone. I will be making these again

  3. 5 stars
    This was SO good. Very quick and easy to make. Each one of my kids (8, 10, 11) said they thought it was really good. Love it when you can make an easy weeknight dinner to please the entire family. It will most definitely be in our rotation.

    1. 5 stars
      My whole family loved this!!! It was easy, fast, and most importantly delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. My only regret was not doubling the recipe.

  4. Gaby…I think I have a new recipe for you. I had all of the ingredients in my cart at the store and when I got to the ground chicken I decided it was just unappetizing looking. Sooo, I got ground sausage and made the same recipe and YUM!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG!!! Just made these tonight…and this was insanely so good!!! I will be making this again!!! Love your recipes!!!

  6. Please suggest how to make ahead and finish in oven. Better to brown meatballs, freeze, defrost or make day ahead and reheat?

    1. I bake them, add extra sauce, let them cool and then freeze. To re-heat, let thaw in the fridge the day before and then reheat in a non stick skillet over medium low heat

  7. 5 stars
    I make this recipe often as it’s one of my family’s favorites. I always double the recipe so I can give a pan to my daughter and SIL. I buy a block of mozzarella and cut it into small cubes instead of buying bocconcini mozzarella balls. This recipe is absolutely delicious!

  8. I made these meatballs last night for dinner.
    They were a very big hit.
    I sent my pic of them to my daughter.
    They were the bomb!

  9. 5 stars
    These are delicious, but take WAY more than 5 minutes to prepare. It’s worth it though. Trust me! They are so so so good. Also serves way more than four. Six hearty servings easily.

  10. 5 stars
    My daughter just sent me this recipe and told me that I have to make them, she said they’re amazing!!! You said they can be served with pasta but what kind of pasta is your favorite with them?

  11. 5 stars
    Can’t express how much I loved these. Family agreed. There will never be any other chicken meatball in this home. Love how easy they are to prepare too!! I’m totally a fan Gaby

  12. I need to and the gluten-free for a friend. Will using gluten free panko & flour effect the taste/texture. I never use gluten-free products so not sure


  13. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this absolutely easy & delicious recipe. I was a bit skeptical at first drenching the meatballs in flour, & adding mozzarella, kept them so moist and delicious, love all of your recipes, and this is going to be another favorite to add to my collection ✌️

  14. 5 stars
    My American cousin recommended this recipe so we thought we’d give it a go over in the UK!
    The whole family loved it. My son has autism and usually “hates” chicken apart from processed nuggets. He loved these even more than regular meatballs which are one of his favourite dinners – t’was a miracle to see him eating chicken! Thank you so much.
    P.S. subbed a slice of crumbled up gluten free bread for the panko which was fine.

  15. 5 stars
    Absolutely Amazing! I baked my meatballs for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then added the sauce. I baked them for an additional 12 minutes at 350 degrees. It was so good and so easy. I skipped stuffing each meatball with cheese and spread the mozzarella on the top. So good!

  16. 5 stars
    I’ll never use a different recipe for meatballs! I’ve never made it with the chicken because I always have ground beef in the freezer. But it’s the best meatball recipe. The Rao’s sauce is a must! And my family likes sub rolls to make sandwiches. This is an easy recipe but with so much flavor! One day I’ll try it with ground chicken, lol. I’ve made them 3x this month!!

  17. 5 stars
    So, so good! I just put on a cookie sheet and baked after browning and it was perfect! Paired with Italian salad, bread and spaghetti/Rao’s marinara.

  18. SO GOOD! Do not sleep on this recipe. We serve it over spaghetti and it’s quickly become my families favorite.

  19. DYING to make!!! Can I “mostly” make day ahead and simply finish off in oven day of???? Or should I fully bake the day ahead and then leave it in the pan and reheat in the oven day of?

  20. Wondering if anyone has tried to make these for meal prep by making ahead of time but not cooking until ready to eat? Thanks 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Fantastic and super easy! This dish was a hit tonight and I’ve already gotten requests to make it again but double the recipe next time for lunch leftovers!

  22. Has anyone cooked these on the stovetop only? My oven is broken! I was thinking I’d just cover and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through. Thoughts???

  23. 5 stars
    I have made these with beef and my family loves them. I made them with ground chicken today and Wow! They are so good! I don’t get how they can taste like chicken parm but they do!! And so easy! No chopping etc!!! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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