Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs happens to be one of my favorite dishes from my book, EveryDayCook. My recipe for spaghetti sauce is in the book, but in a pinch you can make it with your favorite recipe or store-bought if you must.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

  • 3 ounces panko crumbs (divided)
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese (grated, divided)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons Herb Oil (divided (see recipe below))
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 4 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese (grated)


  • 16 ounces extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 10 basil leaves (plus extra for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake


  1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil and pepper flakes in a narrow saucepan over medium heat. As the heat builds there will be considerable bubbling as the water cooks out of the garlic and herbs. When this dies down and the basil and garlic turn brown, kill the heat and let the mixture steep until cool.
  2. Strain the oil into a jar and toss the solids. Use immediately or cover tightly and freeze for later use.


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together 1/2 ounce of the panko with 1 ounce of the Parmesan in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine the chicken, egg, 1 tablespoon of the herb oil, the remaining 2.5 ounces panko, the remaining 3 ounces Parmesan, basil, garlic powder, parsley, oregano and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine using your hands until just incorporated, try not to over work the meat.
  4. Divide the meatball mixture into 28 golf ball sized rounds (1 ounce each) and roll them in the panko mixture.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon herb oil over medium heat in a 12-inch oven safe skillet. Brown the meatballs in the herb oil, about 30 seconds on each side, working in batches if needed to avoid crowding the pan. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan and make the Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce beginning with step 1, but without cooking the spaghetti.
  6. Add the meatballs back to the pan, cover with the grated mozzarella and bake until the meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes, and the cheese is melted. Serve over cooked pasta or on top of crispy bread.

Adapted from EveryDayCook


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  1. 2

    Hey Alton, I use a lot of your recipes and think they are excellent. However, you should include the nutritional information for your well thought out recipes on your blog, or website here. People with diabetes and/or other health issues need to have this information to make intelligent, healthy dietary choices. P.S. I am never going to make homemade liquid smoke, I will just buy a bottle. (Or a tandoor from a flowerpot. But keep it it up you food freak.)

  2. 7

    I was scrolling through Facebook pondering the various recipes and trying to find new things to feed my visiting in-laws. Then I saw this a did a fist-pump on YEAH! they love stuff like this, and I love cooking Alton Brown recipes so it’s a win win! Can’t wsit!

  3. 12

    Made this last night with 93/7 Ground Turkey and a good quality jarred sauce. Macaroni shells cooked, using the cold water method, on the side. I made some amount adjustments to the ingredients, as the package of turkey I had weighed 20 ounces. I kept the pan in the oven for about 15 minutes to coincide with the pasta cook time. ABsolutely delicious. Not a quick meal, but definitely weeknight doable.

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  5. 14

    I’m a big fan of Alton Brown, his science-based teaching method, and his delicious recipes. This recipe is no exception! So many other Italian-style recipes lack depth and try to overcompensate with garlic and salt, especially when using chicken, but not this one! It’s hearty and genuinely flavorful! Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare it, even if using jarred sauce (I used Mid’s meatless). This is no quick meal if you’re weighing out each meatball (1 oz.), which I do so they cook evenly. This dish goes nicely with a simple tossed salad or Ina Garten’s Parmesan Roasted Zucchini.

  6. 15

    Thanks, Alton. This has been one of our go-to recipes for about a year now. So easy and delicious. The herb oil is something that can be used with almost any Italian dish, I love it.

  7. 16
    John Flynn

    people with diabetes or kidney problems need to have nutritional values something you chef’s won’t put in your recipes. So those of us that would like to try the recipes can’t.

    • 17

      I need to track my carbohydrate intake, so I use MyFitnessPal. It’s an app, and a website. I am able to put recipes in and it gives you the nutrition facts. It’s very helpful.

  8. 22

    Might be a good idea to include the warning from Everyday Cook regarding the possibility of botulism from improper (or too long) storage of the herb oil!

  9. 24

    Why is it when I was reading through the recipe, in my head I was using your voice and cadence??? Looking forward to making this dish . . .

  10. 25

    Made this tonight. It was a huge hit! 18 month old approved! I might try freezing them and having them ready to throw in the oven or gift as a freezer meal!

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