Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Welcome to Day #3 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

For day 3 of Appetizer week, I am sharing these awesome Italian-inspired Chicken Parmesan Meatballs that can be served as a stand alone appetizer with extra marinara sauce, or in sandwiches or sliders.  These little chicken parmesan meatballs have so much flavor but won’t blow your diet….but that can be a secret between you and me. Don’t tell them it is a healthier option than regular meatballs. They will love the taste and will never know that is not a diet-buster. I like to add a little crushed red pepper to give it a little kick, but you can control the level of heat by adjusting the amount of crushed red pepper.  It is perfect for watching the big game or any party or get together.  Be warned! You can’t eat just one.  So be sure to make plenty of them because they will go fast.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for #Appetizer Week
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12
  • 1 lb chicken sausage, removed from casings
  • ¾ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced into small thin slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Combine well but don't over mix. Roll chicken mixture into 1" meatballs and place onto baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned.
  3. Spoon about one tablespoon marinara sauce over each meatball. Place a small thin slice of mozzarella on top of each meatball.
  4. Return to oven and cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


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  1. says

    New subscriber from Strut Your Stuff Saturdays at Six Sister’s Stuff. My mouth is w-a-t-e-r-i-n-g. If I had chicken sausage I’d not be commenting on your blog right now because I would be in the kitchen cooking up a batch of these gems!

  2. says

    I’m confused… chicken sausage is the main ingredient, but the shape isn’t anything like a meatball. How do you turn your 1lb of chicken sausage into meatball shapes? Are you supposed to get ground chicken? This doesn’t make sense to me.

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