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Chicken Parm Meatballs

Best meatballs I've ever made :)


1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup Pecorino (or Parm)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 egg, whisked
zest of half a lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 14-ounce can storebought pizza sauce (such as Don Pepino’s)
about 4 ounces fresh mozzarella (a dozen thin slices; to pile on the cheese would be to cancel out the fact that you were virtuous enough to replace fatty beef with lean chicken)


In a large bowl, gently mix together first 11 ingredients. Shape into lacrosse-ball size balls (that would be a little smaller than tennis ball) and place a few inches from each other on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball. Place it in heated oven ( Preheat oven to 400°F) and bake for 15 minutes.

After that, remove meatballs from oven, put some sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Broil another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese is golden.  Heat remaining sauce in a small pan. Serve meatballs with a dollop of sauce and a raw Tuscan kale salad that has been shredded and tossed with shallots, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


Shawndy said…
This sounds divine!! Do you know how many meatballs this recipe makes? I'm dying to try it but have to have the nutrition information (which I've gotten, pending number of servings) so I can stay in line with the requirements of my diet.

Unknown said…
Shawndy, f you have the nutrition facts for the entire recipe, it's easy enough to divide it into whatever portion size required to get you to the caloric intake you need... divide as if it's 4 servings; if that's too much, try 6, etc.
~nv said…
Can you share the nutrition information, please? What a great recipe - simple and sounds flavorful. I'm definitely adding this recipe to my "must try" list!
Cheri-Beri said…
Made these tonight - so good. Next time I'll leave out the fennel seed because my daughter hated it. If it were just for me and my hubby, the fennel would be fine :-) Thanks for the recipe!!!
Laura_Hickman said…
The recipe is from a book called: Dinner a Love Story. The pictures are from the author, Jenny Rosenstrch's, blog. Here is the link:
Tori Scott said…
I made these using Italian sausage. Huge hit at the Christmas buffet.
Denise said…
This sounds amazing, I absolutely love the combo of chicken and parmesan!
Unknown said…
These are amazing meatballs. I've made them both with chicken and with turkey. I also add bacon bits. The ingredient that makes them so tasty is the fennel seed. The asiago cheese doesn't hurt either! Wonderful recipe!

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