must-make (yes, really!) chicken meatballs

I know what you’re thinking.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘must-make’ chicken meatball.”     “They might be good for her family, but my kid–eat a chicken meatball? Yeah, right.”   “Chicken meatballs are gummy and have no flavor, gross.”

I know what you’re thinking–because I thought so too.

But believe me, you’re wrong. I was wrong.

These meatballs have been in our go-to meal rotation for almost a year now, and the nights these beauties grace the table, everyone is happy. Granted, who wouldn’t like a meal that is served with noodles (bowties, of course) and hot bread slathered in butter & garlic? And, as an added bonus: I love it because it uses up all those odds and ends that just seem to hang around the fridge.

Make these chicken parm meatballs for your family–and I bet you too will defy the odds with ‘must-make’ chicken meatballs.

Here are the steps:

1. Gather your ingredients


2. Fit your food processor with the multi-purpose blade. Add 2 cloves of garlic & 1/2 white onion.


3. Pulse garlic & onion until pieces resemble rough chop (will continue to mince with parsley)


4. Add parsley & pulse until mixture resembles fine mince.


5. Zest 1/2 of one lemon


6. Place 1lb. ground chicken in bowl, salt & pepper liberally & add lemon zest


7. Add parsley mixture from food processor to ground chicken.


8. Add 1 Cup panko bread crumb & 2 large eggs DSC_0313

9. Fit your food processor with the shredding blade (it’s not necessary to clean your bowl) and shred a small chunk of parmesan cheese (approx. 2 Cups).


10. Add cheese to bowl and mix to combine, being careful not to overmix meat as this will cause your meatballs to be tough. DSC_0319

11. Use a medium-sized cookie scooper to put meatballs onto a lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. DSC_0323

12. After baking for 15 minutes, the meatballs should be slightly brown on top and firm. Brush each meatball with pasta sauce & bake for another 10 minutes.  DSC_0334

13. Top each meatball with parmesan cheese and return to oven, baking (or broiling) until the cheese is brown and bubbly.  DSC_0342

14. Serve over noodles & sauce with hot garlicky bread. Enjoy!  DSC_0350

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