THE BEST CRISPY PARMESAN CHICKEN MEATBALLS


Ingredients:
Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup white onion, (finely chopped)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp minced garlic, (2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Other:
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, (your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1.5 cups plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil

Garnishment:
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly chopped basil

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients for meatballs into a large mixing bowl and mix to combine. Form into 16 meatballs. To a shallow dish, add the panko breadcrumbs and roll each meatball to thoroughly coat. It helps to press gently, but keep rolled in the palm of your hand.** See Notes below.
  3. Place a nonstick skillet or oven-safe pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the pan is hot and the oil is heated, add the meatballs in two separate batches to ensure each side can be browned thoroughly. 3-4 minutes per side. You want the outsides to be just a light brown and crisp. The meatballs will continue cooking in the oven. Remove to plate and cover to keep warm.
  4. Using a paper towel, carefully wipe out the breadcrumbs that have fallen during cooking. Try to save the olive oil. Add 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil (if needed) and cook remaining meatballs. Once browned on both sides, remove skillet from heat and the meatballs to the plate.
  5. To the skillet, add the marinara sauce and then meatballs. To make the meatballs extra crisp - spritz lightly with nonstick cooking spray to each meatball (optional). Place into the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with mozzarella cheese and place back into the oven to bake for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Be sure the internal temperature of the meatballs has reached 165 degrees F.
  6. Garnish with parmesan cheese and basil. Serve with sliced bread (for dipping), your favorite pasta, or spaghetti squash.

This article and recipe adapted from this site


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