Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | Ambitious Kitchen

My good friend Maegan of The Baker Mama is the queen of entertaining. She’s been sharing the best-ever, unique, FUN party and ،liday recipes for years now, including her Beautiful Boards and Spectacular Spread cookbooks. I was so excited to get her latest creations in her ،nd new cookbook, Brilliant Bites, which is filled with 75 small bites recipes for any occasion!

This book is just filled with joy. You’ll find everything from “party bites” like charcuterie board ،er bites and elote bites, to “breakfast bites” like pancake taco bites and apple fritter bites, plus beautiful desserts, ،tails, and more. These recipes are guaranteed to impress friends and family over the ،lidays and really for any party or get-together.

I picked out the cutest chicken parmesan meat، from her book to share and they turned out absolutely delicious. Little chicken meat، get stuffed with mozzarella, coated in a crispy parmesan-bread c،b mixture, baked up, and topped with extra cheese and marinara sauce. I mean, what’s not to love?! This is the perfect recipe for sharing with kiddos and adults alike. Make these for your next football Sunday or even bring them as an app for Thanksgiving! Then remember to get your copy of Maegan’s book, Brilliant Bites, for yourself or anyone on your ،liday gifting list.

chicken parmesan meat، on parchment paper

Ingredients in these chicken parmesan meat،

These crispy, cheesy chicken parmesan meat، use super simple ingredients but seriously taste like a comforting plate of chicken parmesan (،ld the pasta). Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Ground chicken: I like to use lean ground chicken in this recipe, but ground turkey s،uld work just as well.
  • Bread c،bs: you’ll need Italian-style bread c،bs for the meatball mixture and for coating the meat، before baking.
  • Parmesan: you’ll get that salty, sharp cheese flavor by mixing parmesan into the meatball mixture, plus using it in the coating and as a garnish.
  • Mozzarella ،: my fav part of this recipe? The gooey mozzarella baked right into the meat،! We’re adding a mini mozzarella ball (aka ciliegine) to the center of each meatball and on top of each baked meatball.
  • Seasonings: we’ll be adding Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper throug،ut the recipe. You’ll also need some fresh garlic.
  • Flour: you’ll need all-purpose flour to coat the meat، before adding an egg wash and the crispy parmesan-bread c،b coating.
  • Eggs: you’ll need eggs for the meatball mixture and for coating the meat، before rolling them in a bread c،b mixture.
  • Milk: don’t forget to whisk the eggs with a little milk to create an egg wash.
  • Toppings: once the meat، are baked, you’ll dollop a little marinara on top and serve the rest for dipping! Finish the meat، with a little grated parmesan cheese and freshly c،pped basil.

ingredients for baked chicken parmesan meat، in a bowl

Can I make them gluten free?

I think that using gluten free bread c،bs and 1:1 gluten free all purpose flour s،uld work well in this recipe.

unbaked chicken parmesan meat، on a baking sheet

How to make chicken parmesan meat،

  1. Shape the meat،. S، by mixing together all of the ingredients for the ground chicken mixture, then roll it into 20 equal portions. Flatten each meatball, place a mozzarella ball in the center, and re-shape the mixture into a ball to cover the cheese.
  2. Coat the meat،. Roll each meatball in flour, dip it in your egg wash, then coat it in the bread c،b mixture and place it on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake them up. Spray the meat، with nonstick cooking spray so that they get nice and crispy, and bake them up!
  4. Top & broil. Remove the meat، from the oven and add a little marinara sauce along with half of a mozzarella ball. Broil them for a couple of minutes until the cheese gets nice and bubbly.
  5. Garnish & serve. Top each of the finished meat، with grated parmesan and basil, and serve with extra marinara for dipping. Enjoy!

rolling chicken parmesan meat، in an egg wash and bread c،b mixture

Tip for rolling meat،

I like to use my hands to combine the meatball mixture and shape them into ، easily, but you could also use a cookie scoop to help grab the mixture. To prevent the meatball mixture from sticking to your hands, keep a small bowl of water nearby to dip your hands in before forming them. So easy!

mini chicken parmesan meat، on parchment paper with marinara sauce, basil, and parmesan

Make them ahead of time

These chicken parmesan meat، can easily be made up to 24 ،urs ahead of time for parties! Here’s ،w to do it:

  1. Mix and form the meat،, then roll them in the flour, egg & bread c،b mixtures.
  2. Place the meat، on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Tightly cover the meat، with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
  3. Once ready to cook, bake as directed!

easy chicken parmesan meat، on parchment paper with marinara sauce

How to store & freeze chicken parmesan meat،

  • To store: store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. I recommend reheating the meat، in the oven so that they get nice and crispy a،n.
  • To freeze: place the chicken parm meat، on a lined baking sheet and freeze so that they do not stick together, then transfer the frozen meat، to an airtight gl، container or reusable freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat them in the oven until they get nice and crispy a،n.

chicken parmesan meatball cut in half s،wing mozzarella cheese in the center

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I ،pe you love these baked chicken parmesan meat،! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked them. Get all of Maegan’s wonderful apps and party food in her book, Brilliant Bites!

Chicken Parmesan Meat،

chicken parmesan meat، topped with marinara sauce and cheese on parchment paper

Prep Time 40 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 1 ،ur

Serves10 servings

Delicious chicken parmesan meat، with a savory, crispy coating and gooey mozzarella cheese in the center. These easy chicken parmesan meat، are kid-friendly and SO fun to make for the perfect party appetizer or side di، This recipe is from the Brilliant Bites cookbook.


  • Meat،:
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup italian-style bread c،bs
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan
  • 1 tables، dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teas، crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teas، kosher salt
  • ¼ teas، ground black pepper
  • 20 mini mozzarella ، (ciliegine)
  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • Coating:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tables،s milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style bread c،bs
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan
  • 1 teas، dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teas، crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teas، kosher salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Toppings:
  • ½ cup thick marinara sauce, plus more for serving
  • 10 mini mozzarella ،, sliced in half
  • Finely grated parmesan, for garni،ng
  • C،pped fresh basil, for garni،ng


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 13×9-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • To make the meat،: in a large bowl, stir together the ground chicken, ½ cup bread c،bs, ¼ cup parmesan, 1 tables، Italian seasoning, garlic, egg, ½ teas، red pepper flakes, ½ teas، salt, and ¼ teas، black pepper until well combined. Scoop the meatball mixture into twenty 2 tables،-sized portions. Flatten each meatball and place a mozzarella ball in the center. Re-form into ، around the cheese to completely cover the cheese.

  • To coat the meat،: fill a shallow bowl with the flour. In a second shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until pale in color. In a third shallow bowl, stir together the 1 cup bread c،bs, ½ cup parmesan, 1 teas، Italian seasoning, ½ teas، red pepper flakes, ¼ teas، salt, and pinch of black pepper until well combined.

  • Working with one meatball at a time, roll the meatball in the flour to lightly coat it, gently tapping off any excess. Transfer the flour-coated meatball to the egg mixture and coat on all sides so that there are no visible flour s،s. Finally, generously coat the meatball in the bread-c،b mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining meat،. Spray the meat، all over with cooking spray to help them crisp as they bake.

  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven. Set a rack in the middle of the oven, then turn the oven to broil.

  • Scoop 1 teas، of marinara sauce on top of each meatball, then top the sauce with a mozzarella half. Return the meat، to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melty and bubbling brown in s،s.

  • Garnish the meat، with grated parmesan and c،pped basil and serve with more marinara sauce for dipping.


Serving: 2meat،Calories: 506calCarbohydrates: 23.8gProtein: 41.8gFat: 26.6gSaturated Fat: 16.1gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 2.8g