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Friday, July 12, 2019

Baked Chicken Meatball Parm

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Have I mentioned that my kids love meatballs?  All kinds - beef, pork, turkey, chicken.  What's not to love, right?  You can make them out of anything, season them up how you like, mix and roll up the ingredients and pop them in the oven.  Boom!  Dinner (or meal prep) comes together so quickly! 

These little babies are unbelievably tender and so flavorful!  They are perfect for when you get a craving for Italian comfort food but not all the fat and calories that go with it.  Oh, and wait... did I mention that these are easy, healthy, AND budget friendly?  Winner winner chicken dinner!  There are a plethora of recipes out there for these.  That's how much people love them.  I made a gluten free version so my peeps with sensitivities could enjoy them, but you feel free to add your own variations.   For my meal prep friends, I served these with lemon-butter zoodles or green beans.  I wanted to keep a low carb, clean, healthy vibe happening.  

#glutenfree #lowcarb #cleaneating #diabeticfriendly #kidfriendly #budgetfriendly #easy #italian #dinner #mealprep #lunchprep #baked #chicken

Ingredients: (4-6 servings)
* Tip - every time I made meatballs, I double the recipe.  That's why you will see a different quantity in the photos.  You pretty much spend the same amount of time mixing, baking, etc., and end up with an extra set to freeze for later.  This recipe is for a single batch.

Meatballs  (4 dozen, 1/2" meatballs) 
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  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg 
  • 3 Tbsp plain oatmeal 
    • feel free to use breadcrumbs, but oatmeal is a gluten free option and is also a much healthier option
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
    • please grate it straight from the block, not that cheap stuff in the can.  This will have a much better taste.
  • 1/4 cup marinara
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste (~ 3 cloves garlic, very finely minced)
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 

Sauce and Stuff 
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • fresh basil, snipped into thin ribbons 
Step-by-Step: 
Prep - Preheat oven first to 375F, because this goes pretty quickly.   Line baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup. 
In a large bowl (because it's easier to mix in a big bowl) mix together ground chicken with all the other ingredients listed under "meatballs."  I apologize in advance that some of the pictures are a little out of focus.  My camera was spazzing out.  Sigh. #reallife 
1 pound ground chicken
1 large egg 
3 Tbsp oatmeal
1/4 cup marinara 
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp worcestershire 
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil 
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper 
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 
1/4 cup fresh grated Parm 
 With clean hands, combine until well mixed.
Using a 1/2 oz cookie scoop, scoop out meatballs and roll into smooth balls.  This works best if you have wet hands.  This is a really moist mixture and the water will help you roll them quickly without the meat sticking to your hands.  This is a great job to have some help with.  It's not necessary, but makes the process go really quick.  I person scoops, the other rolls.  Place the rolled meatballs on parchment, evenly spaced.   You don't need to worry about them spreading out, but you don't want them to touch.  Using the cookie scoop allows you to have evenly portioned meatballs that will all have the same cooking time.  
Pop them into the oven at 375F x 20 minutes.  They will firm right up. 
While they are baking, spread about 1/2 cup of marinara in the bottom of a casserole dish.  A 9"x 13" x 2" dish should do perfectly. 
I used a "traditional pasta sauce" from a can that I like, but feel free to use your favorite brand or homemade sauce.   

1/2 cup marinara
When meatballs come out of the oven, nestle them down into the sauce in the casserole dish.  Spread remaining marinara over the top of them.  We want to keep them moist and not allow them to dry out.  



1 cup marinara
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top. Return them to the oven at 375F for another 15 minutes.  We are now just getting all those flavors to come together and allow the cheese to get ooey gooey and bubbly.    
1 cup grated mozzarella 
In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle the shredded basil over the top.
handful of fresh basil ribbons
Serve with your favorite side - pasta, lemon butter zoodles (zucchini noodles) or green beans, broccoli, etc.  If you want to add a salad and bread, there's your complete meal.  Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Yumm.  Can you just taste it now?  Warm Italian spices wrapped up in a bite sized morsel of tenderness and let's be honest... sauce and cheese!  
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Best of all, there's no guilt!  It only TASTES sinfully dreamy. 
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
If you do meal prep for your people, this is definitely a great option!
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Even your traditional beef eaters will be happy with these. 
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com

Bonus Recipes - 

#keto #lowcarb #highprotein #paleo #whole30  #diabeticfriendly #cleaneating #glutenfree #dairyfree   #asian #pork


#mealprep #glutenfree #dairyfree #easy #familyfriendly
Options for #paleo #whole30 


#baked #glutenfree #highprotein #lowfat #mealprep #cleaneating #asian #turkeymeatballs 
#menumusings #kidfriendly
 #cleaneating #glutenfree #salad #chicken #healthy

#cleaneating #glutenfree #french #chicken 

Written Method:
Prep - Preheat oven first to 375F, because this goes pretty quickly.   Line baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup. 
In a large bowl (because it's easier to mix in a big bowl) mix together ground chicken with all the other ingredients listed under "meatballs."  I apologize in advance that some of the pictures are a little out of focus.  My camera was spazzing out.  Sigh. #reallife 


With clean hands, combine until well mixed.

Using a 1/2 oz cookie scoop, scoop out meatballs and roll into smooth balls.  This works best if you have wet hands.  This is a really moist filling and the water will help you roll them quickly without the meat sticking to your hands.  This is a great job to have some help with.  It's not necessary, but makes the process go really quick.  I person scoops, the other rolls.  Place the rolled meatballs on parchment, evenly spaced.   You don't need to worry about them spreading out, but you don't want them to touch.  Using the cookie scoop allows you to have evenly portioned meatballs that will all have the same cooking time.  

Pop them into the oven at 375F x 20 minutes.  They will firm right up.  While they are baking, spread about 1/2 cup of marinara in the bottom of a casserole dish.  A 9"x 13" x 2" dish should do perfectly. 
I used a "traditional pasta sauce" from a can that I like, but feel free to use your favorite brand or homemade sauce.   


When meatballs come out of the oven, nestle them down into the sauce in the casserole dish.  Spread remaining marinara over the top of them.  We want to keep them moist and not allow them to dry out.  Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top. 

Return them to the oven at 375F for another 15 minutes.  We are now just getting all those flavors to come together and allow the cheese to get ooey gooey and bubbly.  In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle the shredded basil over the top. 

Serve with your favorite side - pasta, lemon butter zoodles (zucchini noodles) or green beans, broccoli, etc.  If you want to add a salad and bread, there's your complete meal. 

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