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Baked Chicken Meatballs

PREP TIME15 mins

COOK TIME14 mins


SERVINGS4 servings

YIELD24 meatballs


  • Nonstick cooking spray, or 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken (preferably with 5% or more fat)
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, or Romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons milk (any kind)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped, loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Preheat the oven:Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray or lightly brush 1 teaspoon olive oil on it. 
  2. Make the chicken mixture:In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, milk, parsley, garlic, egg, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using. Use your clean hands to gently mix until combined. Stop as soon as the ingredients are evenly distributed and be careful not to over-mix, since this will make the meatballs tough.How to make chicken meatballs: Place ingredients in bowl.Lightly combine meatball mixture.
  3. Shape the meatballs:Use your fingers to pinch off enough mixture to make a 1-inch meatball. Use the palm of your hands to gently roll it into a ball, being careful to compress the mixture as little as possible. This will help keep the meatballs light.Place the meatball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining mixture. Space the meatballs evenly on the baking sheet so that they don’t touch. You should have about 24 meatballs. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or brush them lightly with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil.Roll meatballs and place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs:Bake the meatballs until they are cooked through and browned on the bottom, 10 to 14 minutes. Cut through one to test. It should no longer be pink inside. You can also insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of a meatball. It should register at least 165°F.Be careful not to overcook so the meatballs do not dry out. The tops of the meatballs do not brown very much in the oven.Bake meatballs until cooked through.
  5. Serve:Enjoy the meatballs as is, pair them with your favorite sauce, add them to a soup, or use them to fill a sandwich. Leftover meatballs will keep for 4 days in the fridge. Reheat them in the microwave, in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or in a skillet over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, turning often. Or simply add them to a pot of hot broth or sauce until warmed through.Did you love the recipe? Leave us a review in the comments! Baked meatballs on baking sheet.

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Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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