1 14-ounce can
, (such as Don Pepino's)
, in thin slices
PREHEAT the oven to 400F, setting a rack in the upper third of the oven.
IN a large bowl, use your hands to gently mix together the chicken, bread crumbs, onions, parsley, Parmesan, garlic, fennel seeds, egg, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. Shape into golf ball-size balls and place a few inches from each other on a lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with the olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.
REMOVE the meatballs from the oven and turn on the broiler. Spoon some sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Warm the remaining sauce in a small saucepan. Serve the meatballs with a dollop of sauce.
On the weekend
I like getting these in the oven right after a grocery shop. From start to finish, it’ll take you about 25 minutes. After baking the meatballs, allow them to cool, then pop into a freezer bag.
To thaw: Transfer the frozen meatballs to the fridge in the morning so they’re thawed by the time you get home. Preheat the oven to 350F and bake the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet for 15 minutes, then continue with the recipe as directed.