Monday, June 3, 2013

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Let me tell you about how my week is going to go: by the time you read this, I will be on the road for work.  My boss and I are heading ouT Sunday evening, have full days Monday and Tuesday in meetings with clients and prospective clients.  We’ll make our way back into town around 7:30 Tuesday evening.  At that point, I will kiss my husband, throw my toiletries into a separate suitcase (which I hope is mostly packed), zip it up and hit the road again.  This time, I’ll be heading to Kansas City, to Ali’s loft (and I’m so excited about that!!)  And then Wednesday morning, she and I are leavin’ on a jet plain, heading to Austin for BlogHer Food.

Are you out of breath reading that?  Because I am out of breath just typing it.  Luckily, once we land, we should be able to relax, make our way to our hotel, and then proceed to eat our way through Austin.  My kind of vacation, for sure.  I am thoroughly excited about the whole conference (thank you, Imperial Sugar for the sponsorship!!) but what I am most excited about is rooming with seven, yes SEVEN of my best blogging pals.  And also seeing and meeting many of my other awesome blogging friends.  Epic probably only begins to describe the end of this week and this weekend.  I will fill you in on the whole thing next week!

But for now, let’s talk meatballs.  Earlier this year I had a little thing going on with meatballs and all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago, I had another idea pop into my head: chicken parmesan meatballs – all of the flavors of classic chicken parmesan, stuffed into a meatball and topped with marinara sauce.  Perfecto.  And it was.  The best part is that these are so, so simple.  You just throw everything in, bake them, and eat them.  And they make the perfect vehicle for enjoying my quick homemade marinara sauce!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Yield: 2 dozen meatballs

Total Time: 35 min

Classic chicken parmesan flavors wrapped up into a meatball and topped with homemade marinara sauce.


1 pound ground chicken
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped
2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Marinara Sauce for serving


Heat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. (I use my Misto sprayer.)

Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl until combined. The mixture will be moist but should hold together when formed into a ball.

Scoop the mixture out and roll into 1-inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. The center of the meatball should read 165-170 degrees.

Alternatively, fry the meatballs in about 1-inch of grapeseed oil in a high-sided skillet for about 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Serve with marinara sauce and, if desired, cooked pasta.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs


67 Responses to “Chicken Parmesan Meatballs”

  1. #
    Kathryn — June 3, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    That is one crazy week but I bet you’re going to have such a blast in Austin! I can’t wait to hear all about it. Love the idea of these meatballs, such great flavours in there!

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    Sues — June 3, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    These are beautiful and look delicious! Meatballs are one of my favorite dinners EVER!

    I hope I get to meet you at BlogHer!! I’ll be attending for work, but am definitely planning to get away and mingle/attend sessions, parties, etc.!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 3, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I love it when other people have crazy travel schedules – it makes me feel like less of a mad woman!!! We are in this together!! 🙂 xoxoxo Can’t wait to MEET you, hang with you, eat with you, slumber with you and giggle with you!!!

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    Tieghan — June 3, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Well, you have a very busy and exciting week! I am glad work is going good and I am beyond sad I will not get to meet you all at blog her! Wish I could have made it this year! At least you a giving me this awesome meatball recipe to get me through the weekend! Cause seriously it is awesome! Thank you! You saving the day!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — June 3, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    Busy week! I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun though!

    My husband always says he doesn’t like chicken parmesan but I bet I could get away with these.

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 3, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Oooohhhhh myyy! First… I feel your pain on this week. And I’m not traveling until Thursday… But it’s a BUSY week! Second I love these meatballs! Chicken Parm is one of my faves so I know I’d love these too! See you in 4 days! GAH!

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    Tracey — June 3, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    What a super busy, but fun, week! I am so bummed I’m not going to BlogHer food, it sounds like it’s going to be a blast. We can’t get enough meatballs at our house, they’re in heavy rotation. One of our current favorites is similar to this one – you can never go wrong with chicken parm. YUM 🙂

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — June 3, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Meatballs look delicious! I’m thinking the kiddos would love them! Have a great week!

  9. #
    carrian — June 3, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Chicken parm was my favorite growing up. Can’t wait to try this version of a classic!

  10. #
    Cookbook Queen — June 3, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    In. Love.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 3, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    You sound like a professional jet setter! Maybe you can pack these yummies in your suit case…you know, a protein snack!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 3, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Such a fabulous idea to turn chicken parm into meatballs! I would love these!!

    Counting down the days til I get to see you!!! 🙂 Safe travels!

  13. #
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — June 3, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Safe travels this week. See you in Austin! These look like perfect comfort food!

  14. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 3, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Safe travels! These meatballs look so delicious with that sauce!

  15. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 3, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    EEEEEK!! So excited to see you on Thursday!! And these meatballs, I die!

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 3, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Ugh, my life is so crazy right now, too. Not fun! But how exciting that you get to end the week on such a high note! Have a fantastic time and I can’t wait to hear how it goes! I’ll just be over here drooling over these meatballs until then. 😉

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 3, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    These look so good, hope you have a great week!

  18. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — June 3, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Hope you have time to breathe this week!! The meatballs look awesome.

  19. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 3, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    This is one of my hubs fave meals! I love that these are meatballs too! So fun 😀

  20. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Safe travels this week and see you on Thursday!

  21. #
    Angie — June 3, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    These little meatballs look so tasty!

  22. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — June 3, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    One of these days I will attend a conference. Great idea to get a sponsor – never thought of that! Love the meatballs. Pasta optional 😉

  23. #
    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — June 3, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    These divine little meatballs look really very tasty! Have a great time in Austin.

  24. #
    Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare — June 3, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    These look sooooo good! It’s been a while since I’ve made meat balls, and I want to make some now! What a creative idea. 🙂

  25. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — June 3, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    I’m exhausted just reading about your week…phew!
    Chicken Parm meatballs sound delish, and they look so pretty with the homemade marinara sauce!

  26. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — June 3, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    safe travels! these meatballs look awesome!

  27. #
    Joanne — June 3, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    SO jealous that you’re going to BlogHer Food! Wish I could have gone this year…sigh…maybe next year. In the meantime I’ll just drool over this meatballs!

  28. #
    Jackie — June 3, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m so excited to see you both in Austin!!

  29. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — June 3, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    The first time I tried chicken meatballs, I fell in love so I am SUPER excited to find another version of them–they look absolutely scrumptious!

  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 3, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    I want these balls really bad.

    And I’m 13 years old.

  31. #
    Luv What You Do — June 3, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    I can’t wait to make these!
    I’ve been loving this chicken parm burgers I found in cooking light and bet they’d make awesome burgers!

  32. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 3, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Wow this looks so fabulous!I just want to grab a handful of those meatballs right off the screen and stuff them in my face.

  33. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 3, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    I love this idea!! Hope you have fun at the conference, I’m so sad I couldn’t make it!

  34. #
    leslie — June 4, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    7 girls in one room???
    Sounds like a super fun time!!!
    Love these meatballs.

  35. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — June 4, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Just when I thought chicken parm couldn’t get ANY better. 😉 Safe travels Cassie! Have a great time at BlogHer!

  36. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 4, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Honestly what a great idea. Love that these are chicken!!

  37. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 4, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Oh, I am getting into Austin on Wednesday too, would love to see you.

  38. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 4, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I’m so sad I’m not seeing you this weekend! However maybe I can make these meatballs and ease the pain by eating them ALL! Have fun! xx

  39. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 4, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    It sounds as if you have a busy but fun week ahead! You better eat a few extra of these meatballs to gain some energy.

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — June 4, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Busy lady! That’s great that you’re coming in early! There’s a lot of great food to be eaten in Austin. 🙂 Tweet me if you get lost or need recommendations or need a ride or anything! Happy to help out visitors. 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 5, 2013 @ 2:42 am

    Have a great time at BHF! And dude, these meatballs – YES AND YES! Who could ever resist these?!

  42. #
    katie — June 5, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    Woo girl you are busy!!! I hope we get to meet this weekend although I think we will since I believe we will be at a few of the same events! 🙂 My husband would be all over these meatballs!!! His favorite meal ever is chicken parm! I need to make these for our next party!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 5, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Wishing you safe travels, Cassie! I can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer, and I’m so excited for all these bloggers to be visiting my home turf! GREAT recipe, too… these meatballs look sca-rumptious!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — June 5, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Yee haw, Austin!

    I LOVE the idea of these meatballs – such a perfect weeknight meal! Fantastic recipe, as always, Cassie!!

  45. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — June 5, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Loving these meatballs. Chicken parm is one of my favorites! Have a blast at BlogHer! Can’t wait to hear about it. 🙂

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    Amy — June 6, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    I hope you have an amazing time in Austin. I’ve never been to BlogHer Food but I was there for a work conference and absolutely fell in love with the city.

    Also, chicken and parmesan meatballs? YUM.

  47. #
    Steve @ The Black Peppercorn — June 6, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I made meatballs on Monday as well (although my post hasn’t gone up yet)! These look great Cassie!

  48. #
    nessa — June 7, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Hope everything goes well! The meatballs sure look good!

  49. #
    Tahnycooks — June 7, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    These look perfect and delicious!

  50. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 7, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    I really thought I commented on this already 🙂 Aaaaanyway it’s gorgeous and I can just imagine how great it tastes. xoxo- K

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    Kim Beaulieu — June 7, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I totally dig these meatballs Cassie. They look scrumptious.

    Have fun at the conference. I really wish I had booked myself to go. Maybe I’ll see you next year. Have fun with all your galpals. You are so brave for rooming with that many people. I tend to book solo rooms due to my belly issues, would hate to inflict that on anyone, lol.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 7, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about the conference! I am so jealous, and wish I was there. Can’t imagine 7 of you in a room, not sure how much sleep will be had 🙂
    You know I love meatballs, these look incredible!

  53. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 8, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    Oh wow, how perfect are these! I love chicken parm 🙂

  54. #
    Meghan — June 9, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    These look incredible, Cassie! Hope you had a fun weekend in Austin!

  55. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — June 10, 2013 @ 4:12 am

    These look absolutely delicious!

  56. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — June 10, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    These look incredible, Cassie! And it was so wonderful catching up with you this weekend. Hope you had a great time in Austin!

  57. #
    Sika — June 10, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Wow chicken meatballs, what a great idea. I love your recipe and will try it right away.

  58. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — June 10, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Definitely a neat idea for meatballs! These look wonderful. Hope you had a fun and safe trip!

  59. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 11, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    oh these look amazing.

  60. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 12, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I did get tired just reading your itinerary! 🙂 These meatballs are great. I love making chicken meatballs because they’re so light and healthy. In fact, I think it’s time to make another batch! 😉

  61. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — June 12, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I hope that your life is back to normal hon! I love these meatballs! I have been all about Italian food lately- and I have frozen ground chicken in the freezer- have to make these!

  62. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 12, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    It was so nice meeting you at BHF, Cassie! You’re such a doll and your accent is so cute, hehe 😉 However, I’m kinda bummed you didn’t bring me any meatballs! They look awesome!

  63. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 12, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    These are heaven and a half Cassie. I hope you finally get to settle in and relax soon!

  64. #
    Cat Face — June 16, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    These look delicious. Can’t wait to try the marinara sauce. I made similar to these recently. Used a carrot and 1/4 red onion instead of breadcrumbs 🙂

  65. #
    Anjelica — May 7, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    My husband was craving a meatball sub from subway. We are trying to limit our eating out. I had some ground chicken in the fridge that needed to be used. So I thought of chicken meatballs. Searched Pinterest and BAM! Found you 🙂
    This recipie was perfect!!!! We absolutely loved our homemade sandwiches. Thanks so much for the recipe.


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