Chicken Parm Meatballs.

Been trying to make this one for a while – seemed like a healthy (healthier) alternative to standard ground beef meatballs.  While they didn’t come out quite as I expected, they were still delicious!  Credit goes to http://www.dinneralovestory.com/chicken-parm-meatballs/.  Another great make-ahead recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can pizza sauce
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella (sliced thinly)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix together all ingredients except oil, sauce, and mozzarella.
  • Shape into medium-sized meatballs (makes approximately 12).
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Mix one spoonful of sauce with olive oil; brush on top of each meatball.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • (at this point you can remove from oven and freeze/refrigerator for another day – if you do so, reheat defrosted meatballs for 15 minutes in the oven before proceeding to the next step)
  • Spoon additional sauce over each meatball and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese.
  • Broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.

Notes:

  • I was amazed at how exactly these tasted like regular meatballs.  I said to Bob that if someone had blindfolded me and handed me a bite of one, I would have assumed it was a standard one made with beef.
  • I did modify this quite a bit – used dried onion/parsley/garlic, squirted in a little lemon juice instead of using zest, and I eliminated the sauce completely (not huge on sauce).  My slices of mozzarella were also a little thicker than the ones used in the original recipe….but it just melted into a nice thin layer and left a perfect browny layer in the bottom of the pan for me to snack on as I took the meatballs out!
  • I like how you can make this ahead, I did one set in the fridge that we ate today and put another in the freezer for another day.  Very easy to reheat.
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