Italian Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs are so juicy and tender baked with classic Italian flavors and homemade Marinara sauce.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken meatballs, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 (Makes about 14 meatballs)
Calories 323 kcal



  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs **Can use Gluten Free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt


  • 2 cups Marinara sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh minced basil
  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and grease a 9×13 baking dish (you can also use a deep 9×9 baking).

  2. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  3. Use a cookie scoop to get the same amount of chicken mixture so that all the meatballs are equal in size. Shape meatballs and place them into the baking dish, leaving a little space between them. 

  4. Bake for 20 minutes.

  5. Add sauce evenly over the meatballs. Bake for another 5-7 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle some fresh basil and Parmesan cheese over the cooked meatballs before serving.

Recipe Notes

**Substitute Italian bread crumbs for gluten free Italian bread crumbs. Note that Italian style gluten free bread crumbs are not widely available so you may need to get plain gluten free crumbs and add dry parsley, dry oregano, dry basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to get the flavors into it.

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Nutrition Facts
Italian Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 1132mg49%
Potassium 1079mg31%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 940IU19%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.