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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

January 9, 2023 • 0 comments

These little meatballs are a quick, easy on the tummy meal that will very quickly make your family run to the dinner. Seriously, my kids fist-pump in celebration when they find out this is for dinner. Pair with mashed potatoes or polenta & a veggie or salad for a quick, nutritious meal that leaves the whole fam happy. Real quick - let's talk about our ground. Most places put lesser quality scraps into their ground - we actually just grow our birds REALLY big to make it worth boning them out, & there's more white meat than dark in our mix. You wouldn't know unless we told you, but we add a few hearts into our mix, (single digit percent wise); this adds texture & a shot of Iron, B Vitamins, & Zinc to the mix.
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  • Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs ATC Ground Chicken (~2 lbs)
  • 2 Cups bread crumbs (panko or left over bread)
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 Large onion or whole small one
  • 3-8 Garlic cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt (~1/2 tbs)
  • 2 Tbs Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tbs Oregano
  • 1/2 Tbs Black Pepper
  • Other spices worth playing with - lemon zest, nutmeg, thyme, smoked paprika


Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. We put parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet, you could grease a baking sheet. Parchement paper makes clean up a breeze though.

Instead of panko, I just crumbled 4 bread loaf ends in a food processor. If you do this (way to be frugal) then remove the crumbs & then blitz the onion, garlic & Parm cheese until it's crumbly. Put everything into a mixing bowl & mix gently but well by hand.

 Make meat balls to your preferred size. I did a little larger than a golf ball. You can do this by hand or with a melon scoop. If the mixture is a little moist, the meatballs might be a little flat. That's ok - once they're on the tray, just "reround" them. Pop in oven for around 15 mins - 20 mins - till they start browning on top.

As a side note, there's a lot of breadcrumbs in this recipe. I heard once that the secret to a decadently soft meatball is A LOT of bread crumbs. Oh buddy, it's true.

Optional, but suggested. Make or open a jar of your fav pasta sauce. Put a spoonful on each meatball. Top with any leftover Parm or some Mozzarella if you got it...mmmm. Pop back in oven to melt cheese. Welcome to Yummytown ya'll - population you.


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