Delicious and Hearty Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are perfect for dinner and game day!
I love when an idea comes together so perfectly! I’ve been finding myself on a bit of a meatball kick lately, primarily because they are tasty but also because I think they make the perfect crown appetizer. Too often party food or game day spreads are full of veggies and hummus. Which I love, don’t get me wrong. I just also prefer to having something a bit heartier and more meal like to munch on as well, especially during hour 3 of a night time football game.
These hearty Chicken Parmesan Meatballs make the perfect party food – bite size and easy to eat while being more filling. It’s a meal in a small package! As a host, you also get the leftovers and they make an easy dinner idea served over pasta.
In preparing for a party, I did as I also do – I headed to Sam’s Club. It’s a given that the majority of my party prep will take place at Sam’s Club because I know will be getting my money’s worth. Whether it be paper goods, produce, alcohol or marinara sauce, bulk is better!
I was able to pick up 3/45oz jars of Ragu® Traditional Sauce for such a great value and saving every penny when hosting makes a huge difference on the budget! However, I wouldn’t just pick up any marinara sauce for such a great price. Ragu® has a long-standing traditional of quality ingredients and great taste, which makes it a winner in this household. With one purchase, you can make these meatballs, my Baked Spaghetti Casserole to go along side it and have dipping sauce for some other apps (like Toasted Ravioli or mozzarella sticks).
If you have never made your own meatballs before, you should! First because poultry meatballs are never quite right from the freezer section. Something is always different in terms of texture and flavor. Second because they are easier to make than you might think but probably as messy as you might imagine. I always take off my wedding ring before reaching in to get the meatballs formed. As the base for this particular meatball, i took inspiration from my Savory Swedish Meatballs. I think onion and parsley bring the right flavors but I did skip the break and egg for this recipe and instead added in some breadcrumbs.
Ground chicken is not as common in some places as say ground turkey, but most butchers and grocery stores can get you ground chicken. Don’t be afraid to ask!
- 1.25 lb ground chicken
- 1/4-1/2 of yellow onion diced finely (1/4 is large onion)
- 1/2 c bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp parsley for meatballs and more reserved for topping
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 c bread crumbs
- 1/4 c grated parmesan
- Ragu® Traditional Sauce
- Provolone Cheese Slices cut down into small squares for topping.
- Add chicken, onion, parsley, seasoning, and bread crumbs to a bowl and mix well together.
- Add 1/4 c breadrcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese into small bowl. (for rolling the meatballs)
- Form into small meatballs, about 1.5", roll in the breadcrumbs/parmesan mixture, and put on a pan lined with aluminum foil until ready.
- Heat up your skillet and add cooking spray if needed.
- Cook meatballs on all sides until nice and golden all over (a couple minutes on each side).
- Add marinara sauce until meatballs are halfway covered, add lid, and let cook on low for at least 10 minutes. Check the temperature of meatballs using a meat thermometer. Ground chicken should reach 165 F.
- Once chicken is cooked through, add parmesan squares on top and place lid back on until cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with additional parsley and grated parmesan cheese if desired. then enjoy!
Don’t forget to pick up the value pack of Ragu® Traditional Sauce the next time you are at Sam’s Club. You will find it in the PASTA aisle.
I promise you won’t regret it, or making these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, or even making my Baked Spaghetti Casserole or Spinach Lasagna Rolls. All would be perfect for a party, especially for game day. You can feed the crowd without draining your wallet.
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