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Baked Chicken Meatballs on a sheet pan with sauce.

Best Anytime Baked Chicken Meatballs

163 reviews / 4.9 average

So when I say anytime, I really do mean anytime.

That’s what I love about these baked chicken meatballs. They are SO EASY to make and they can sort of turn into anything. Here are some of their best features:

  • They are BAKED.
  • They are CHICKEN. (Turkey’s good, too.)
  • They use one bowl.
  • There are no cutting boards involved.
  • There is no splattery sautéing.
  • They are meal-prep friendly.
  • Also freezer friendly.
  • THEY GO WITH ANYTHING, anytime.

I’m not a meatball lover, but I LOVE THESE MEATBALLS.

These baked chicken meatball bites can go with spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni, or any pasta for that matter. They can be served with mashed cauliflower and green beans (my current favorite), or saved for quick and healthy lunch meal prep with roasted veggies. Half of the batch can be tossed with buffalo sauce and half can be frozen for next week’s Swedish meatball dinner.

I don’t memorize many recipes – I have the magic green sauce, soft chocolate chip cookies, and wild rice soup burned into my brain, but that’s about it. THAT BEING SAID, this baked chicken meatball recipe is absolutely a memorize-the-general-concept-and-make-it-anytime type of situation.

See? Anytime. I told you I was serious about that part.

Baked Chicken Meatballs on a sheet pan with sauce.

K, the recipe is such a breeze. Are you ready?

First, your ingredients. Just pile ’em in a bowl. All you really need to remember is panko, parm, egg, and chicken. The spices are pretty flexible.

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Meatballs in a bowl.

Now OBVIOUSLY WASH YOUR HANDS and take off your rings and all that. And then dive in.

Baked Chicken Meatballs mixed in a bowl.

Mix, roll, roll, roll. And bake.

Unbaked Chicken Meatballs on a sheet pan.

Put your feet up, relax for a minute, smell the deliciousness coming from the oven.

And then you’re done!

Baked Chicken Meatball on a fork.

One of my favorite things about these is that even with being baked, they get a really nice browned exterior. You can always throw them in a saute pan if you feel like they need a little extra browning, but I will legit eat these straight off the baking sheet. Browned to perfection, if you ask me.

Baked Chicken Meatball with bite taken out.

Okay, so what are you going to make with these? Because these are the little baked chicken meatballs that could!

They can be anything they set their minds to. An-y-thing!

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Baked Chicken Meatballs on a sheet pan with sauce.

Best Anytime Baked Chicken Meatballs


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 meatballs / 6 servings 1x

Description

These Baked Chicken Meatballs are the BEST! The perfect addition to any meal or to eat right on their own. Bonus: they’re meal-prep friendly to stock up throughout the week!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional – makes meatballs more moist and yummy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • additional seasonings optional!

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and a little cooking spray.
  2. Mix: Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Roll: Roll the mixture into about 30 small balls. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. ENJOY!

Equipment

Notes

I really love making this with ground chicken OR ground turkey. If I use ground turkey, I like the dark meat ground turkey that they sell at Whole Foods.

For mixing, I usually wash my hands, take my rings off, and mix it all up with my hands.

I prefer chunk-less meatballs when it comes to onion and garlic which is why I prefer to use powder. But if you like to have the chunks, I think you could use finely minced fresh garlic and onion with good results!

The sauce pictured here is a store-bought vodka sauce from DeLallo! It’s delicious.

Freezer Meal Version

  1. Mix, roll, and freeze:
    1 pound ground chicken or turkey
    1 egg
    1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    black pepper to taste
    *Note: you can also bake them first at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then freeze them fully cooked
  2. Bake from raw/frozen: 400 degrees for 30 minutes
  3. Final Step: Serve with literally anything – personal fave includes some kind of pasta, red sauce, and a salad.
  4. Check out our full freezer meal posts with all recipes and instructions here!
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked chicken meatballs, chicken meatballs, meal prep meatballs

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    LemonPi

    Ouu I want to make itty bitty slider buns and eat a million of these (and maybe share them with the kids..maybe)!






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        Sarah Gibbons

        I made these last night. They are so easy and delicious. I followed the receive exactly. They are so flavorful.reminds me of popcorn chicken.will make often.! 💪👏💜

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    Avani

    Looks yum! Question – is the taste of parmesan strong? My husband’s not a huge parmesan fan (criminal, I know). If it is – would you have any recommended substitutes or quantity adjustments?

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          Tamara

          I made these for my 8 month old. So I added 1/4c of milk instead of olive oil (I wasn’t sure if olive oil would make them soft enough for her but may try it next time) and used mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan just to help add softness for her and didn’t use any salt. She loved them. We ate them too they were definitely a softer/moister meatball but definitely still held together and a really yummy family meal which is a win.






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    Melanie

    These look great! If sensitive to gluten, do you think you could sub oats for the panko, or would you just leave the panko out altogether and not worry about a substitution?

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      Julie

      Hi! It may not have the exact same taste/texture as regular panko, but I found Ian’s gluten free panko at several grocery stores. I have tried it in a meatloaf recipe (using ground beef) and thought it was really good with no funny taste. So maybe that would work here if you can find it. I’m definitely going to try it as soon as possible. This sounds so good!

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        Julie

        Gluten free breadcrumbs worked just fine! Have made these 3 times already, everyone loved them including 2 picky kids. Straightforward, easy recipe. Added dried parsley flakes but otherwise as written, aside from gf panko.

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      Shawn

      I use Ian’s gluten free Panko breadcrumbs (they are made of rice flour). They work great!

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      Steve Coffey

      I’m in Seattle, and some of the stores here sell gluten-free panko. As well as gluten-free breadcrumbs. Always in my pantry! Worth looking for!






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      Noops

      I used ground 1/2 cup ground almonds and turned out great (even though I forgot the egg!)

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    Janella

    Is it possible to just leave out the cheese? I’m lactose intolerant, unfortunately

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        Lauren

        These were great! I made them (mostly) as written with ground chicken except I added a little less than 1/2 a tap of Italian herb blend and I used 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan rather than 1/2. I used unseasoned Pablo. They came out delicious.






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    Jill

    Do you do anything different to freeze them? Or just bake as normal and pop them in the freezer?

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    Cynthia

    Hi! If I don’t want to mix milk and meat, what could I sub for the Parmesan?
    Thanks!

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    Caitlin

    These look great! I know you said they’re freezer friendly, but would you recommend freezing before baking or after? Thanks!

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        Jamie Ferrandi

        cooking/reheating instructions for already cooked but frozen would be helpful, please!

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    I don’t like meatballs either but this recipe somehow has me convinced. First, the look absolutely delicious. Secondly, they would make such a great dish to meal prep and, thus, would make weekday dinners so much faster. Thank you for sharing!

    E || OH LA LATKES

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    Michelle

    OMG – how did you know I was looking for a chicken meatball recipe to make today?!?! Perfect timing as I was looking for inspiration to make healthy chicken meatballs for my 11.5mo old daughter! I loved how EASY your recipe was and it was super tastey! Since I was making these for my baby, I decided to omit the salt/pepper and added in a small organic zucchini (grated and moisture removed). Made 37 mini meatballs in total and froze them after cooling for easy meal prep. Thank you for sharing this recipe, love your blog and recipes! Xo






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        AJ

        I have some already have some cooked chicken and would like to throw it in the vitamix to grind it up. Any idea on how long would I need to bake of using cooked chicken, please?

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    Allie

    These are incredible! New staple in our house for sure. So quick, healthy, and easy. Thank you for another great recipe!






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      Kelli

      After they are baked, to freeze them, can I just put them all together touching? In other words, i don’t need to freeze them in a single layer

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    Emily

    I made these last night for dinner and we devoured them. So easy, so yummy, and so perfect for lunch the next day. I’m going to have to make a double batch next time around. I think these would even be great for meal prep with a little salad and sauce for dipping!

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    ANGIE KUCH

    I would like to make these as a freezer meal. Do you recommend freezing them raw, then baking or putting in crockpot? Or freezing them already cooked?

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    Patty

    These look amazing will be making soon. I have 1 question are you using ground chicken breast or a mix? Thanks for all your lovely recipes.

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          Krista @ Pinch of Yum

          Hi Suzanne! We’ve only made the meatballs using raw ground chicken or ground turkey. We don’t think it would work with chicken that has already been cooked.

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    Lindsey Jones

    Made these tonight and they burned on the bottom before they were done in the middle. I greased the cookie sheet. Any idea why mine aren’t as pretty as yours? 🙂