Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

$7.57 recipe / $1.89 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.71 from 17 votes
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Y’all know I’m obsessed with meatballs, right? They’re just so easy, delicious, and something that I’m always in the mood for. So, when I got an unexpected pound of ground chicken in my Instacart order a couple of weeks ago, I knew exactly what to do with it—Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! While ground chicken isn’t my favorite, you can never go wrong with a meatball. Plenty of Parmesan and a few simple herbs and spices turned that lack luster ground chicken into something totally crave-worthy. Meatballs for the win!

And don’t worry, even though I did not actually order the ground chicken, I still paid for it. ;)

A bowl of spaghetti with sauce and chicken parmesan meatballs, a black fork twirled in the pasta on the side.

The recipe for these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is one that you’ll want to memorize. It’s just a really good, simple, basic meatball that you can use with any ground meat that you have on hand. 

Can I Bake the Meatballs?

Yes, if you prefer to make the meatballs in the oven instead of a skillet, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a preheated 400ºF oven for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165ºF. Do keep in mind that baked meatballs will not achieve the nice browning on the outside that you get with cooking in a skillet. The browned surface does provide additional flavor.

Can I Freeze the Chicken Meatballs?

Yes, you can freeze the meatballs either cooked or uncooked. Either way, freeze the meatballs on a lined baking sheet first to prevent them from sticking together. Then, once frozen solid, transfer to a zip top freezer bag for long term storage (about 3 months).

To cook meatballs that were frozen raw, let the meatballs thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then cook in a skillet just as directed below.

To cook meatballs that are frozen after cooking, simply drop them into a pot of hot pasta sauce directly from the freezer, and allow them to heat through in the sauce.

Can I Use a Different Kind of Ground Meat?

Yes. This mixture of Parmesan and herbs is so versatile that it goes great with just about any type of ground meat. Try it with pork, turkey, or even beef.

Two chicken Parmesan meatballs on a wooden spoon held above the pot of sauce.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

4.71 from 17 votes
This simple recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is an easy weeknight dinner win! Swap out any ground meat you have for a quick and delicious dinner.
Close up side view of chicken Parmesan meatballs on a pile of spaghetti with sauce
Servings 4 5 meatballs each
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 35 mins

Ingredients

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs ($0.13)
  • cup grated Parmesan ($0.59)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • ½ tsp dried basil ($0.05)
  • ½ tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
  • ¼ tsp salt ($0.02)
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 lb. ground chicken ($3.29)
  • 1 large egg ($0.23)
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.08)

For Serving

  • 12 oz. pasta ($1.00)
  • 1 24oz. jar pasta sauce ($2.09)

Instructions 

  • Combine the breadcrumbs and seasoning first. In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the ground chicken to a large bowl, then add the seasoned breadcrumb mixture and the egg. Use your hands to combine the ingredients until evenly mixed.
  • Shape the meat mixture into meatballs, about 1-1.5 Tbsp each. You should get around 20 meatballs.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot and the oil is shimmering, add half of the meatballs. Cook the meatballs about one minute on each side, until all six sides are browned and the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a clean plate. Add the second tablespoon of cooking oil to the skillet and cook the second batch of meatballs in the same manner.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, begin the pasta and sauce. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender (7-10 minutes). Drain the pasta in a colander. Add the sauce to a medium sauce pot and heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  • Once all the meatballs are finished cooking, add them to the pot of heated pasta sauce and stir to coat. If needed, allow them to heat for a few minutes in the sauce.
  • Serve the cooked and drained pasta topped with sauce and meatballs.

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Notes

If you prefer to make your own pasta sauce, try my 5-Ingredient Butter Tomato Sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 728.83kcalCarbohydrates: 88.25gProtein: 38.75gFat: 23.63gSodium: 1259.88mgFiber: 6.48g
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Close up side view of chicken Parmesan meatballs on a pile of spaghetti with sauce

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – Step by Step Photos

Breadcrumbs Parmesan and herbs in a bowl

First mix the dry ingredients for the meatballs. In a bowl, stir together ½ cup breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper.

Ground chicken, egg, and seasoned breadcrumbs in a bowl

Next, add 1 lb. ground chicken, 1 large egg, and the seasoned breadcrumb mixture to a bowl.

Mixed chicken meatball mixture

Use your hands to combine the ingredients until they are evenly mixed.

Shaped chicken meatballs on an orange plastic cutting board

Shape the chicken mixture into meatballs, about 1 to 1.5 Tbsp each, or about 20 meatballs.

Cooked meatballs in a skillet

Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once the skillet is hot and the oil is shimmering, add half of the meatballs. Cook the meatballs for about one minute on each side, until all six sides are well browned and the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a clean plate, add another tablespoon of oil, and cook the second batch of meatballs in the same manner.

Cooked meatballs in a bowl

While the meatballs are cooking, begin the pasta and sauce. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and continue to boil until tender. Drain the pasta in a colander. Add the sauce to a medium sauce pot and heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Cooked meatballs added to pot of pasta sauce

Add the cooked meatballs to the heated sauce and stir to combine. If needed, let the meatballs heat for a few minutes in the sauce.

A bowl full of spaghetti with sauce and Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, with a fork in the side.

Serve the cooked and drained pasta with sauce and meatballs. Enjoy!

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    1. Yes. Please read the paragraph titled “Can I bake the meatballs.” xoxo Monti

  1. These were fabulous.  Only thing I would do differently is double the meatball portion of the recipe and freeze half for later.  SO GOOD.

  2. I thank you so much for sharing Blessings after Blessing to prepare for my family. I love to cook and now that i have so many meals to choose from I am grateful and thankful for you sharing your recipes!

  3. LOVE! The hubs and I are SOLD! It has definitely made the rotation! Inflation is hitting the pocketbook and your website is the cure. 

  4. These meatballs are delicious! I’ve made them a few times, but most recently I decided to make four burgers instead of meatballs. Topped them with some marinara and fresh mozzarella, and served over spinach on a brioche bun. We loved the meatballs, but we love the burgers more!

  5. Does the nutrition for one serving include the pasta or is it just the nutrition for 5 meatballs? 

    1. It’s everything that is on the ingredient list, so yes, that does include the pasta and sauce. :)

    1. I just used plain breadcrumbs. :) You may be able to use panko but you might need to adjust the amount up, since they are less dense and might absorb less liquid.

  6. This recipe is in a regular rotation for us! I have made it in the skillet many times, but decided to try the air fryer tonight. They came out so delicious! I cooked them in a preheated air fryer at 350 for about 12 minutes after brushing with oil. I also used Italian breadcrumbs because that is what I had in hand. Thank you for so many of your delicious recipes. They make me feel like a good cook! 

  7. I’ve made a ton of recipes from this website but this might be one of my favorites! I made a few modifications: used shredded parmesan instead of grated (as I bought it by accident), omitted the garlic powder (as boyfriend eats low FODMAP), and decided to bake then brown the meatballs (baked for 20 min at 400 then browned all sides for 5 min in butter). This was an absolutely delicious and easy dinner and was perfect for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!

    1. Thanks for saying that it works without garlic powder…I have to eat without onion or garlic now (not because of FODMAP issues though) and it’s a bit of a challenge. I would probably make the sauce with anchoives in the soffritto together with a pinch of asafoetida, a bay leaf and then black pepper.

  8. My sons & husband loved these! I took a small handful of grated mozzarella and wrapped the meatball around it before I cooked them. It was tedious but delicious. Next time I’ll try a small cube of mozzarella to make it easier. So fun to have that cheese ooze out of the meatballs. And it made them feel more like chicken parm.

  9. This was such a hit with my family of young, picky eaters! Everyone was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed the meatballs, especially me! Only recipe adjustment was to 1/2 the listed Oregano, but we didn’t miss it. Everything was wonderfully flavorful and delicious.

  10. Would this work with vegan parmesan? I have recently gotten a lactose intolerance and have been trying to figure out what all I can do to work around it..

    1. I’m not sure, as I’ve never cooked with vegan parmesan, but I don’t think the Parmesan has a big impact on the structure of the meatball, so you might be okay.