Italian Chicken Meatballs


Meatballs are one of my favorite appetizers.  I am pretty sure I have told you this before, but I will eat them just about any way.  Barbeque sauce, marinara sauce, Asian style, doesn’t matter.  I think I only have one or two meatball recipes on here, so I figured it was time I do another.  And just in time for the Super Bowl, and all the parties that will be going on.

Meatballs are perfect party food.  Make ahead, heat in the crock pot, no utensils required, all make for great party food.  These are similar to your traditional Italian meatballs, but made with ground chicken.  It makes them a little healthier, and personally I just like using ground chicken when I can.  You could easily use ground turkey or even ground beef in here, and they would be equally delicious!

We had these on New Year’s Day as part of our appetizers.  We mixed them together in the morning, and they were just waiting for us when it was time to eat.  They were very tender, and full of flavor.  I even used the leftovers to make meatball sandwiches later in the week.  My 7 year old was disappointed when they were gone, he was looking forward to another sandwich.  They would be a great addition to pasta too.

Yields 12

Tender Italian chicken meatballs in a marinara sauce. Great for sandwiches, pasta, or appetizers

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Marinara Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except the marinara sauce in a large bowl. Shape into golf-ball sized balls. Place in a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Place meatballs, and enough sauce to cover them in the crock pot. Set on warm until ready to serve.




  1. Okay.. it’s just 7am… and I’m wiping drool off my face. I love MEATBALLS! These would be gone before you could blink if I was around. :) Wonderful!

  2. I could easily go for a plate of these!

  3. OH i love that you used chicken!! I’ve never done that before.

  4. I would be disappointed when the last one was gone too. I might have hidden one or two though to enjoy for lunch all by myself. :) They look just wonderful!

  5. Italian-style meatballs are my favorite, perfect Super Bowl appetizer!

  6. Oh man, this is totally what I needed with the surplus of ground chicken in my freezer right now. Definitely great party food too!

  7. Wish I was having this for dinner!

  8. I love how easy these are! They really will be perfect for Super Bowl!

  9. Looks really tasty Erin, I love meatballs like this for sandwiches and snacking.

  10. Fabulous meatballs, Erin! I love how versatile they can be. But most of all, I love that they can be prepared in the crock pot! : )

  11. I’ve been looking for a good chicken meatball recipe. . .these will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon!

  12. Nothing better than popping these little delights into your mouth. I bet they did not last long. TASTY!!!!

  13. How come it takes me hours to make meatballs? I think I may be the slowest meatball roller in the whole wide world! LOL. Yours are so perfect, though. I want to take a bite. NOW.


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