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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs- these tender, flavorful meatballs are cooked in tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Toasted Panko crumbs and fresh basil finish them off.

Spoon scooping a Chicken Parmesan Meatballs out of a baking dish.

How To Serve Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

You can serve these meatballs on their own as an appetizer or with pasta for a dinner. A garden salad with Creamy Italian Dressing goes great with them as does Pepperoncini Garlic Bread.

How To Make

  1. Make the Sauce. It’s a simple tomato sauce flavored with garlic, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. It can be made in less than 15 minutes.
  2. Shape the meatballs. The meatballs are flavored with Ritz crackers, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and oregano.
  3. Assemble in baking dish. Place meatballs in baking dish and cover with tomato sauce and cheese.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Top with toasted Panko crumbs and basil and serve.
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in a baking dish.

Make Ahead and Storage

The sauce can be made up to 48 hours in advance and the meatballs can be assembled, placed in baking dish, and covered with sauce and cheese 24 hours in advance. Just let the sauce cool down before pouring it over the meatballs.

Can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cover with aluminum foil and place in a 350 degree oven until heated through.

Recipe Tips

Use a medium ice cream scoop to easily form the meatballs and make sure they are uniform.

You want to use ground chicken with some fat in it. 99% lean ground chicken is too lean.

Ground beef or ground turkey can be used instead of chicken.

Panko crumbs or Saltine cracker crumbs can be used instead of Ritz crackers. Use about 1/2 cup.

Three Chicken Parmesan Meatballs on a plate with fresh basil.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in tomato sauce and covered with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes



  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 22 Ritz crackers
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated divided
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground chicken

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leave


  • In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Simmer sauce for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • Place crackers in a large zip-top bag and crush until finely crushed.
  • In a large bowl, combine crackers crumbs and egg. Stir to mix.
  • Set aside 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and add the rest to the large bowl with the cracker mixture. Also add the garlic powder, pepper, remaining oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt and the ground chicken.
  • Mix with your hands until evenly combined.
    Shape mixture into 18 meatballs. You can use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to help you get them the right size.
  • Place meatballs in prepared baking dish. Pour sauce over them.
  • Arrange the mozzarella cheese on top of the meatballs.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  • While the meatballs bake, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the panko crumbs and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.
  • Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add panko crumb mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until golden.
  • When meatballs are done cooking, sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on them and then sprinkle on the Panko crumb mixture.
  • Sprinkle with basil and serve.


Do not use 99% lean ground chicken. It doens’t have enough fat in it and it will make dry meatballs.


Calories: 639kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground chicken, meatballs

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