Garlic Chicken Meatballs

Garlic Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs, schmeatballs. I just can’t seem to figure them out, no matter how hard I have tried! I’m an embarrassment to my Italian family. See, my grandma makes them the best of all. My mom makes them pretty good. And then there is me. My husband always looks slightly disappointed after he takes a bite of my meatballs.

I don’t know why, I mean, I use the exact same recipe as they use, I just can’t master it! Hopefully I will get better in time. Or perhaps if and when we have a daughter, that will automatically bump me up a notch? Maybe? No?

Until then, I will continue to try to find a meatball recipe I am happy with! We decided to have some spaghetti one night a few weeks ago and all I had in the fridge was ground chicken, so I made chicken meatballs. The key to making these meatballs taste good is lots of flavor and seasoning. I made these extra garlicky. You can never have enough garlic, I say! Though, if you are one of those that doesn’t like it, you can cut it down. I used dried herbs since I didn’t have fresh (either or would be fine), but they are necessary in this recipe. And instead of frying them in oil, I broiled them in the oven so they are nice and lean. They were also done in under 30 minutes!

Now, I recommend cooking your meatballs in tomato sauce for a little bit. I love the flavor they add to my sauce so after I get mine just cooked, I toss them into my sauce for a good 20-30 minutes. You can eat these with your favorite pasta or they would also be perfect for meatball subs! I ate mine over some spinach pasta.

Garlic Chicken Meatballs

Garlic Chicken Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Set oven to Broil. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together using your hands or a large spoon. Mix until thoroughly combined. Then roll the mixture into 1-1 1/2-inch balls and place onto the cookie sheet.
  3. Place under the broiler and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove and turn each meatball over. Continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and turn golden.
  4. Recommended: After the meatballs are just about fully cooked, I like to add mine to a pot of sauce and let them simmer in the sauce. It adds flavor to the sauce and meatballs! I simmer mine in the sauce for a good 30 minutes or so.

Nutrition (per meatball; does not include pasta or sauce): Calories: 58.4; Fat: 1.5g; Carbs: 1.9g; Protein: 8.4g; Sugars: 0g; WW Points Plus: 1

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  1. That sauce is dripping wonderfully, what a delicious recipe :D
    And I bet nothing beats these meatballs!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I know what you mean about grandma’s meatball recipes being the best because my grandma’s meatballs are legendary in our family! These look pretty darn good if you ask me, Stephanie. I love meatballs with ground chicken.

  3. What a great twist on the traditional meatball; using ground chicken. I’ve made turkey meatballs before and I really like those, but I haven’t tried it with chicken. Love the presentation over a bed of noodles!

  4. I have tried my grandma’s meatball recipe soooo many times and it never tastes like when she makes it! It’s infuriating! haha These chicken meatballs sound delicious – making me crave italian food now!

  5. Love meatballs — of any kind, but the last year I’ve been really into ground chicken. I put it in everything! These look great, and I love all the garlic!!

  6. Your meatballs look terrific! I’m glad there are no Italians in my family…I don’t think my meatballs could hold up to the scrutiny! I think I need more practice :)

  7. Aww, you poor dear. I have that you’ll some day be a meatball master. In the meantime, these look delicious.

  8. Made these last night, but didnt have an egg to put in the meatballs, so I substituted with pesto!! SO GOOD!! :) My husband practically licked the bowl!

  9. wow very great pictures, very appetizing pasta! I love your blog Stephanie.

  10. I love meatballs. I put some ketchup in my recipe to make them extra moist and add a bit of flavor. I haven’t made chicken but I am hoping to do so soon. I think I will have to sneak that fact past my husband until after he tries them.

  11. Sounds like my grandma’s stuffing. We can use her exact recipe and it still doesn’t taste as good! These meatballs look pretty amazing to me! I haven’t made them in so long & I love using chicken & loads of garlic!

  12. Love meatballs — of any kind, but the last year I’ve been really into ground chicken.

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