chicken parm meatballs

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs divided
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • fresh basil for garnish


  • Bring 1 jar marinara sauce to a simmer over medium heat in a 10 or 12-inch cast iron or oven-safe skillet. Meanwhile, place 1 pound ground chicken, ½ cup breadcrumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, ½  small finely chopped onion, 1 egg, 3 minced garlic cloves (or frozen cubes), ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, and a big pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with a fork until combined.
  • When the sauce is simmering, form the chicken mixture into 1 1/2-inch wide meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each), wetting your hands with water as needed to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands. Carefully drop the meatballs into the sauce in a single layer as you go. If you have extra meatball mixture, you can shape and freeze for later.
  • Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and flip the meatballs over. Return the lid and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.
  • Meanwhile, turn on your oven to the broil setting.
  • Combine ½ cup breadcrumbs,¼ cup Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl; mix with fork and set aside.
  • Uncover meatballs and sprinkle 2 cups shredded mozzarella evenly over the meatballs followed by the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Transfer to the oven and broil uncovered until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.


  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Meatballs can be frozen in an airtight freezer bag or container for up to 3 months.


  • To complete the meal serve with cooked spaghetti and a big caesar salad and garlic bread.


  • Protein: Swap the ground chicken for ground turkey, pork, or beef.
  • Vegetarian: I recommend using the IMPOSSIBLE Meatballs or plant based ground protein substitute.
  • Gluten-free: Use gluten free breadcrumbs.
  • Other: The fresh basil can be swapped for chopped Italian parsley.


  • Chop the onion in advance and store in an airtight container.
  • Shape meatballs, freeze flat on a sheet tray and store in an airtight bag in the freezer.
  • Cook pasta in advance and rewarm with marinara sauce.


Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 1640mg | Potassium: 1260mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1277IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 530mg | Iron: 5mg