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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Hi friends!  This was a super easy, fast, healthy and delicious dinner.  I made extra and placed in a Ziploc bag to freeze for another night.  My son loved it too! 

Makes 20 Meatballs


2 Lbs ground chicken
3/4 Cup breadcrumbs (I toast whole wheat Ezekiel bread and process into crumbs for lower carbs)
4 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 handful fresh raw kale, finely chopped (I added this strictly to sneak veggies in for my son)
3/4 Cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
pinch of crushed red pepper
2 eggs, whisked
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Jar marinara
10oz fresh milk mozzarella (the big ball), cut into 20 slices (one for each meatball)


Mix together all ingredients from chicken through eggs.  On two baking sheets, line with foil and roll mixture into about 2" thick meatballs (slightly bigger than a golf ball). 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Brush each meatball with olive oil and a Tbsp of marinara, and cook for 17-20 minutes*.  Remove from oven.  Set oven to BROIL.  Top each meatball with a slice of mozzarella and place under broiler for about 4-5 minutes, just until cheese is melted and bubbly. 

Serve with extra marinara and a nice little Caesar salad for a delicious healthy dinner!

*Note - if you are freezing a portion of these, set aside after they've cooked and skip the broiling part with the melted mozzarella.  When you thaw the meatballs, warm them on the stove in marinara sauce, then broil with cheese after heated through.

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