Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs

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What’s versatile, and high protein, and easy to make, and strangely good to eat, bite by bite, as a little snack?

BAKED CHICKEN MEATBALLS!

Bonus points when they are Freezer Meal Baked Chicken Meatballs… which just means that you are a boss and you’ve mastered the art of being prepared for those crazy weeknight dinners.

These Freezer Meal Baked Chicken Meatballs are salty, one-bowl, no-cutting-board, just the right amount of crispy, and very, very low maintenance.

How To Make Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs

So step one is obviously just mix everything up and roll it into balls. This will be the most time-intensive part of the process (and even then, it probably won’t take you more than 15 minutes).

At this point, you can decide: do I want to bake them first? Or freeze them and bake them later?

Personally, I like to bake them first. I just pop em in the oven, get em all nice and browned, and then I have a bag of ready-to-go meatballs sitting in the freezer, ready to make dinner in a flash.

Final step is the best one: figuring out how to serve them!

Ideas: meatball sandwiches, baked cheesy pastas with meatballs, barbecue meatballs, buffalo meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower… you get the idea.

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Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

These Freezer Meal 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 in the freezer throughout the week!


Ingredients

Scale

MIX AND ROLL:

  • 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

Instructions

BAKE: From frozen and raw, bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. From frozen and cooked, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

You can also bake them first (400 degrees, 20 minutes) so that you can keep them in the freezer fully cooked and ready to go.

FINAL STEP:  Serve with literally anything – personal fave includes some kind of pasta, red sauce, and a salad.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: freezer meal chicken meatballs, freezer meal meatballs, chicken meatballs

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    Lesly

    Hi! Excited to try these! Question… If you bake them before you freeze them, what’s the best way to heat them up from frozen? Thank you!!

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    Noel

    Hello! Any suggestions of substitutes I could use for the breadcrumbs that are wheat-free?

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    Sam

    This recipe has saved me from store bought pre-cooked meatballs (I’m looking at you al fresco). I found I was relying on them too much for work lunches and dinners and wanted a healthier homemade substitute. These have entered my normal rotation. I made them the first time as is and they were great – very crunch and garlicky. The second time I made these I halved the onion and garlic for a more subtle meatball. I like to have the option to throw them into any variety of food afterwards from asian to italian so I liked having a lil less flavor. I also baked mine at 375 for 20 minutes for a softer texture. These guys are awesome. So change your temperature / cook time based on your desired level of crunchiness. I can’t wait to explore adding flavor add ins into these. I’m going to try pineapple teriyaki next I think!

    Thanks Lindsay!






  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This recipe has saved me from store bought pre-cooked meatballs (I’m looking at you al fresco). I found I was relying on them too much for work lunches and dinners and wanted a healthier homemade substitute.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    . I like to have the option to throw them into any variety of food afterwards from asian to italian so I liked having a lil less flavor. I also baked mine at 375 for 20 minutes for a softer texture. These guys are awesome. So change your temperature / cook time based on your desired level of crunchiness. I can’t wait to explore adding flavor add ins into these. I’m going to try pineapple teriyaki next I think!

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    Yesica

    Hey, i wonder if i still can freeze the meatballs if i cook them on the stove (not in the oven)?






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    Debra

    Yep…delicious! I always hesitate to use ground chicken because of the mysterious added “natural flavoring” but this recipe masks it. A keeper. I did sub 1/2 tsp garlic salt for the powder and salt with a good result.






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    Kayla

    Accidentally missed adding the egg and did seasoned breadcrumbs because that was what I had, so delicious! My whole family enjoyed them. Will definitely make again.






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    Rachel

    These meatballs are amazing !! They are so easy to make and versatile for many meals. I make a bunch so I can definitely freeze. I have a son who is T1 diabetic & the carbs and protein make for a diabetic friendly meal for him .