Chicken parm meatballs

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40 min

Chicken parm meatballs


  • 1 1/4 lbs ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan , or pecorino
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 egg , whisked
  • grated lemon zest , from 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can store-bought pizza sauce , (such as Don Pepino's)
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese , 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.


Suggested side

Sautéed spinach.

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.

Excerpted from Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach. Copyright © 2014 Jenny Rosenstrach. Reprinted by permission of Ballentine Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House company. All rights reserved.