Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

These chicken parm meatballs are so cute, aren’t they?  I don’t even normally like chicken parm but I definitely gobbled these bad boys right up.  I have always had this peculiar notion where I strongly feel that chicken and red sauce should never go together.  I never ever ever order chicken parm at a restaurant and here I am making a version of it at home.  Hooray for the new and adventurous me! ;)

These meatballs would be a great appetizer at a party but I made them for our dinner one night and they were perfect paired up with my garlic smashed potatoes.  These meatballs were moist, tender, and best of all – HEALTHY!

You can even use ground turkey if you can’t find ground chicken at your grocery store (have you tried these delicious Asian turkey meatballs yet?).  Oh, and if you stuff them inside a roll, top it with some mozzarella cheese, and make meatball subs I don’t think you’d regret that decision…

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs Recipe


*Makes about 12 meatballs*

1 1/4 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
zest of half a lemon
marinara sauce or pizza sauce


Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic, egg, and lemon zest until well combined. Add the ground chicken and use your hands to gently mix together with the other ingredients (don’t overmix or they will turn out tough). Using about 1/4 cup of the mixture for each one (I used my ice cream scoop to keep them all the same size), form the meatballs by rolling the mixture into a ball with your hands. Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.

Brush the top of each meatball with a little of the marinara or pizza sauce. Bake for about 14-15 minutes, or until the meatballs are golden brown and cooked through (they should register 165 F on an instant-read thermometer). When you take them out of the oven, brush the tops of the meatballs with a little more of the marinara sauce before serving.

To make ahead: Cook the meatballs then allow them to cool to room temperature. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer to a resealable plastic bag. When ready to eat, defrost the meatballs in the refrigerator then reheat for 15 minutes in a 350 F oven.

Recipe source: adapted from

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34 Responses to “Chicken Parmesan Meatballs”

  1. October 8, 2013 at 1:52 AM #

    Meatballs, meatballs, meatballs *-*
    I’ve always wanted to make my own, and this recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, Ashley! x

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM #

      Try them out! You’ll love them!

  2. October 8, 2013 at 7:26 AM #

    My husband’s favorite meal is chicken parmesan, so these would be a great twist to try!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM #

      You can even add cheese too! I was just trying to keep them super healthy :)

  3. October 8, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

    I’ve been meaning to try making meatballs with chicken or turkey to go a little lighter. Plus, it’s just delicious. Your chicken parm meatballs are so cute and they’ve got to be delicious. Those garlic smashed potatoes don’t sound too shaby either! Yum!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:14 AM #

      Awww thank you, Monica. You’re too kind – as always :)

  4. michelle
    October 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM #

    I also am not a fan of chicken parm. I’m more a marsala, french person myself. But my family loves chicken parmesan. Great meal for a busy weeknight. Thanks Ashley.

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM #

      I also strongly prefer french or marsala when it comes to chicken!

  5. October 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    I used to always think that chicken and red sauce were not a good combo – but your chicken paremsan balls sound delectable! Gawsh if only our computers were like microwaves and I could press a button and have these pop out…I would be doing my share of gobbling too :)

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM #

      It’s refreshing to hear I’m not the only one who thought chicken and red sauce should not be together :)

  6. October 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM #

    This is such a good idea!! Sadly, I love both chicken and red sauce and the two of them together are nothing short of synergistic in my book. I’m pinning these babies!!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:10 AM #

      I think I’m the only person in the world who is weird about red sauce and chicken!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM #

      I think I’m the only person who doesn’t think they go together! Trying to get over that :)

      • October 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM #

        P.S. Thanks for the pin!!

  7. October 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM #

    OMG I love chicken parmesan. And this meatball version sounds delicious! I love the idea of pairing them with those garlic smashed potatoes.. totally made me hungry right now.

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:10 AM #

      Thanks – I appreciate the nice comment, Ruby!

  8. October 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM #

    Marrying the flavor of chicken parmesan with meatballs is genius!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:09 AM #

      I thought so too! ;)

  9. October 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

    Yes!! These little meatballs are adorable! And love that you made them healthy too!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM #

      Awww thank you Meghan!

  10. October 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM #

    Loving these chicken meatballs, I could definitely throw a few of them in my mouth!

  11. October 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM #

    I’ll eat red sauce on just about anything! Love these Ashley!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM #

      I’m getting there! ha ha. Thank you Christin!

  12. October 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    Chicken and red sauce isn’t a regular thing for me, but the two do go together quite well. These meatballs look wonderful! The whole dish has tons of flavor. Good stuff – thanks.

  13. October 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM #

    these are sooo cute! And they look super tasty!

  14. October 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM #

    These sound awesome, Ashley!! Yum!

  15. October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM #

    These look like a lovely appetizer or party treat! Really yummy and a nice change from regular meatballs.

  16. October 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

    Chicken parmesian is one of my favorite meals and I love how you converted it into these adorable meatballs! I’m always looking for good and easy appetizer recipes. Definitely adding this one to my rotation for when I host my holiday parties. :)

    • October 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM #

      Thanks, Tina! I hope you like them!

  17. October 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

    What a great idea for an appetizer! I need to do a post on appetizers, as they are nearly a lost art…bagel bites don’t count! I had a friend who took brownies to a posh appetizer party…yikes!

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