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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Your fav Chicken Parmesan recipe meets meatballs! These will be your new favorite weeknight meal no matter what your age!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby Dalkin


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cups flour
  • bocconcini mozzarella balls
  • ½ 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!


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