Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

These Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are an Italian dinner that’s ready in no time at all. Seasoned meatballs with Panko crumbs for that crunch you crave when you eat Chicken Parmesan. Serve over noodles with garlic bread and a salad for a delicious dinner.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs


Earlier this week I had a run in with death. I was waiting at the gate of the airport getting ready to take off. It was stormy and dark as Florida most often is at least one time a day. I was on my laptop when an older lady next to me motioned out the window and said, “Is it snowing? What is that?”

What she was looking at and mistaking for snow was debris flying around in a tornado coming straight towards us at the gate. It was as wide as the the window making it hard to depict what it was. I couldn’t see the sides, but immediate terror struck me and I grabbed my stuff and started running. I grew up watching the Wizard of Oz on repeat and tornadoes are one of my absolute worst fears. I’ve had nightmares about them since I was little.

There were papers and dust flying all around the terminal making it hard to see. Somehow, I managed to call my husband while running. He told me to get to a bathroom and to a lower level. By now the tornado sirens were sounding and the lights were flickering on and off. I turned the corner to the bathroom to see bodies on bodies of people overflowing out of the bathroom entrance like sardines. Obviously not an option.


I kept running to the center of the building by security and ended up in a little inlet in the wall huddled with a couple from Indiana who said they are used to this and do it all the time where they’re from. The tornado passed in a couple of minutes and luckily no major damage except for cargo tossed all over the tarmac (including my suitcase which was completely soaked with stuff hanging out).

I’ve never been so scared in my life and still get shaky thinking about what happened.

My last meal before I left for the airport were these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. I’ve made them a couple of times to get them just right.

There are a few recipes I always have on repeat just because my family loves them and they’re easy: this One-Pan Broccoli Chicken and Rice, this Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup, and Kimi’s Parmesan Chicken. So these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are a great way to switch up one of our favorite meals.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs on a spoon

What everyone loves about Chicken Parmesan is the crunchy outside. Panko breadcrumbs gives it that crunchy bite and helps give the meatballs and little more structure inside. I didn’t want to cover these with cheese because they’re so pretty by themselves.

I use this Calphalon 12-inch pan for most of my one-pan dishes and it’s oven safe. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet you can brown the meatballs and then transfer it to an oven safe baking dish.

If you love these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs you’ll love these recipes:

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 20 meatballs
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs (and about 3/4 cup more for rolling)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons basil, torn (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, egg, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, and red pepper. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Roll half of the meatballs in Panko breadcrumbs and brown them on each side in the oil. Remove from the pan and set aside. Wipe out any Panko breadcrumbs and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Roll the remaining meatballs in Panko breadcrumbs and brown on each side. Remove from pan.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour marinara sauce in the skillet and place the meatballs on top of the sauce. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes sprinkling the mozzarella on top for the last 5 minutes of baking. Garnish with basil and serve over pasta. 

Recipe Notes

If you don't have an oven-safe skillet, brown meatballs in a skillet then transfer to an oven safe baking dish.

Sometimes bits of the Panko can fall off when browning and start too burn which is why we brown the meatballs in batches, wiping out the pan in between batches.

chicken parmesan meatballs

Speak Your Mind



  1. Wow. This wins the award for most useless story to accompany a recipe, ever.

  2. Dude it’s just a story. If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything. You’re a guest here….act like it. Geesh.

  3. Could you just brown the meat balls in the oven?

  4. It’s so ridiculous I’m having a hard time believing this wasn’t made up as purposely ridiculous. She talks about being scared for her life and ends it with, “this would’ve been my last meal of my life if I died that day. Oh, here’s the recipe.” It’s so absurd.

    • You’re right – it’s hard to tie in a story of me almost dying to any recipe. However, it happened. This is my blog and I share stories of my life while sharing recipes. I’ve always done it that way and I’m sorry you don’t like it. Hope you have a better day tomorrow and can find a recipe blog that suits your needs more.

  5. Jonn must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!!

  6. Yum! These look amazing! I wish I had these to eat right now.

  7. Ok, so I just had to comment. I have been reading your blog since a friend told me about it back in 2009 or 2010, but I have never commented before. It’s my favorite food blog for many reasons. Besides having great recipes, I love your personal life stories before your recipes. It makes you relatable. I am not a fan of the blogs that sing praises to every recipe they have ever posted before putting the recipe. So please, Christy, ignore the haters and keep doing your blog your way. I love it!

    • Thank you Sarah. I’m glad you are commenting today 🙂 I know most people couldn’t care less about the stories before the recipe but I can’t help but share my life. Thank you for your kind words.

      • I enjoy your stories (and recipes!) too! I actually loved this little story so much I read it a couple times…just because tornadoes freak me out too. I always watch the weather channel specials on them…fascinating…scary…hope I never have to deal with that. Glad you are ok, keep posting your stories AND recipes! Love your blog just the way it is 🙂
        P.S. These look amazing…will be making them next week!

  8. Those look delicious! And dang girl – that’s insane!!! Glad you’re okay. I can’t even imagine! Too bad John didn’t get swept up in that tornado tho. lol (and not your John lol) #justsayin
    Can’t wait to try these. 🙂

  9. These sound heavenly. I’m currently in my first trimester of pregnancy and nothing ever sounds good so believe that these will be on my meal plan this week! Yum!!

  10. My husband LOVES chicken parm I am just kinda a so-so fan! To be honest the only thing I really like about it are the crispy edges!! So tonight I made this recipe and not only did he LOVE it, I did too!! The balls (hehe) were the perfect size and best way to keep the crispness! I didn’t have to cut off the edges and leave only the middle part for whoever would eat it. I’m actually looking forward to my leftovers tomorrow, and they may not survive the afternoon!!

  11. Found this recipe linked on Bloglovin’ and made the meatballs last night exactly as-written, and they were AMAZING. I ended up baking them a bit longer than 20 minutes, my oven is wonky; but it’s so rare that I make a recipe as-written from a website and don’t find at least one thing I want to tweak. Other than a few extra minutes for baking (in my oven), these are PERFECT! So delicious served with salad and garlic bread. Thanks!

  12. Could you put a little pat of mozzarella cheese in the middle of the chicken? I do this with my beef meatballs. I freeze sliced mozzarella sticks and stick it in the ball and then sear/bake. I wonder if that would work with this. I don’t see why not if the meatball was firm enough.

  13. Excuse the ignorance of some people. I’m glad everything turned out ok and thanks for the delicious recipe.

  14. Can’t wait to try this one! I love a good variation on chicken and tomato sauce!

  15. I mad a double batch of these today and they are delicious!!! I’m going to freeze the rest for another dinner!

  16. This was delicious!!! And quick to make..

  17. Perfect dinner meal. I’m so much hungrier now though 😉

  18. That tornado story…wow, I have never exerienced one before, but I think I would have cried!! anyway, these chicken meatballs do sound delicious, love the panko breadcrumbs for that added crunch

  19. 4 TBS of Olive Oil equals 1/4 C….so why does your recipe call for 1/2 C. of Olive Oil??

  20. 4 TBS of Olive Oil equals 1/4 C. not 1/2 C. So which is the mistake in the recipe?

  21. Tomato sauce, cheese, and chicken, it’s an amazing combination.