How do you make this chicken parmesan meatball recipe
Step 1: Make the chicken meatballs. Ground chicken is a little more delicate than beef or pork, so you need to be careful when cooking the meatballs themselves so they stay together. The goal is to just brown them but don’t worry about cooking them all the way through, you’re going to bake them and they’ll finish cooking in the oven. For chicken meatballs, I’ve found that if you leave them alone in the skillet until they start to brown then they will stay together. If you try to move them before they have browned on one side, they can easily fall apart. Use a small ice cream scoop to form these into balls so they are close to the same size then roll them in a mixture of panko and parmesan to give them a crispier texture on the outside. Once they are browned remove them to a plate.
Step 2: Make the Marinara sauce. The skillet will have lots of flavor from the chicken meatballs you just cooked so add some San Marzano Tomatoes and crush them with your hands and add a couple of anchovies. Add the meatballs back to the skillet and then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Step 3: Bake this amazing dish in the same skillet for about 10 minutes to finish cooking the meatballs and melt the cheese.
What’s the difference between MARINARA Sauce and TOMATO Sauce
For this recipe, I used a marinara sauce with a couple of anchovies thrown in. A marinara sauce is a quick cooking sauce made with canned San Marzano tomatoes that you crush with your hands and cook for just a few minutes for a chunky sauce. While a tomato sauce can have meat or meat stock, cheese, olives or capers and is cooked slowly to develop more complex flavors.
For a weeknight meal, marinara is the way to go. For why you should use San Marzano tomatoes, check out Lidia’s video and while you’re there, she gives tips for the day! I love her restaurant in NY, Becco, check it out next time you go to a show, it’s in the theater district.
Most of the time when you make meatballs the panko or bread crumbs is mixed with meat like in Chicken Marsala Meatballs and Swedish Meatballs. But for these tasty chicken parmesan meatballs, they are rolled in panko mixed with parmesan which gives them a great texture.
These Italian chicken meatballs are then nestled on top of the marinara sauce and sprinkled with cheese before baking in the oven.
More recipes that use MARINARA Sauce
- Mini meatloafs are even yummier with marinara on top
- Combine marinara and cream cheese and make baked ravioli
- Or try it with Spinach stuffed shells
If you’re looking for more CHICKEN recipes, you’ve got lots to choose from, but here are some favorites
- Easy chicken & tomatoes made in one pan
- Try a creamier dish with sun dried tomatoes
- Make it savory with Marsala and prosciutto
- Roast it with dates
- No time, try easy queso chicken
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
- 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cups parmesan cheese grated
- 1 ½ lbs ground chicken
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 anchovies
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of panko with 3/4 cup of parmesan.
- In a large bowl, combine chicken, egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 cup of panko, 11/4 cup parmesan, and seasonings. Using your hands, gently combine until incorporated. Using an ice cream scoop, form into 28 golf size balls. Roll each into panko parmesan mixture.
- In a large oven proof skillet, Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and brown the meatballs on both sides, about 30 seconds, working in batches. You just want them golden brown, not cooked through. Remove to a plate.
- In the same pan, add some additional oil if needed and add the canned tomatoes and salt, crushing the tomatoes with your hands. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until they are soft. Reduce heat and add anchovies and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Add meatballs back to the sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes until chicken has cooked through.