Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet

Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet served in warm bubbling marina sauce and topped with hot gooey melted cheese, makes this skillet the perfect way to start any occasion.

Another delicious cheesy idea that can be served as a side is this Cheesy Parmesan Chicken Garlic Bread, or Easy Mozzarella Sticks, both are perfect for parties or family get togethers.

Parmesan Chicken meatballs in a skillet covered in melted cheese-perfect appetizer.

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Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

Is one of those meals that just makes you smile as you eat it.  Covered in layers of hot melted cheese and surrounded by delicious marinara sauce, your face is an expression of what your mouth is tasting.  This Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet is going to be every bit as sensational.

These chicken parmesan meatballs will make a tasty appetizer for your next occasion or forget the occasion, make them as a meal and serve them with pasta or over warm sourdough crusty bread and call it dinner.

How do you fry meatballs?

  • Form meatballs into balls, whatever size you desire.
  • Place 2 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet and add meatballs.  Cook over medium heat.
  • Flip to brown both sides, about 5 minutes.
  • For this recipe we are just trying to sear the meatballs and then they will be baked.

chicken parmesan meatballs being scooped out with a spoon with a trail of string cheese.

Making meatballs in a skillet is a great way to make a typical appetizer into dinner.  Forget about the cute little toothpicks, bring on the fork to cut through all the deliciousness of the hot melted cheese.

How do you make meatballs?

  1. In a large bowl combine ground meat, bread crumbs, milk, garlic powder, garlic salt, onion powder, parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, 1 egg, and black pepper
  2. Stir with a spoon or combined all ingredients together with your hands until incorporated.
  3. Using your hands roll the meat mixture into balls and place in the skillet.
  4. Cook until all sides have browned.

Why do meatballs have bread crumbs?

  • Bread crumbs are added to meatballs to soften them and help them bind together.
  • Bread crumbs also help the meatballs to be less dense and moist.  They soak up the juice from the meat which in turn leaves little spaces of moisture in the meatball.
  • Bread crumbs also help with texture allowing the meatballs to be softer.  If you made a meatball just out of meat, it would be very hard, but the bread crumbs give a delicate moist texture.

Why do meatballs fall apart?

  • This answer relates to the question above about the bread crumbs.  Bread crumbs and egg serve as the binder in meatballs, when there is not enough binder in the meatballs they fall apart.  However, when there is too much binder, they too can fall apart.  So making sure to have the right balance and follow the correct recipe will prevent them from falling apart.
  • You also want to work quickly when making meatballs and avoid handling them too much.  If time permits you can form your meatballs and then chill them to help them bind together and prevent them from falling apart when cooking.

Chicken parmesan meatballs in a skillet with a serving spoon and melted cheese-family friendly.

This Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet is a great appetizer or dinner that will round everyone up around the table.  The cheese will be soft and stringy, gooey and melted and the meatballs will be moist and delicious.

Turn your next meal into an occasion and make these chicken parmesan meatballs.  Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does have to be delicious.

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Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet

Servings: 15 Meatballs
Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet served in warm bubbling marina sauce and topped with hot gooey melted cheese, makes this skillet the perfect way to start any occasion.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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For the meatballs:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsely
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the marinara:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • garnish with parsley and grated parmesan cheese optional


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    In a large bowl combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT the olive oil), for the meatballs, mix well. Form into 15 meatballs. Place 2 Tablespoons oil into a heavy skillet. Add meatballs and cook on medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

      In the same skillet add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and minced garlic and cook over medium heat about 30 seconds. Add crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and marinara. Stir to combine and add the meatballs back into skillet. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling. Garnish with additional parsley and parmesan cheese.

        Course: Appetizer
        Cuisine: Italian
        Keyword: Parmesan Chicken Meatballs


        Sodium: 499mg, Calcium: 182mg, Vitamin C: 4.5mg, Vitamin A: 365IU, Sugar: 2g, Fiber: 1g, Potassium: 331mg, Cholesterol: 52mg, Calories: 180kcal, Saturated Fat: 4g, Fat: 11g, Protein: 12g, Carbohydrates: 7g, Iron: 1.2mg

        2 comments on “Parmesan Chicken Meatball Skillet”

        1. In the ingredients you don’t mention milk for meatballs but above under “How do you make meatballs?” section you mention milk. How much do we add? Thanks!

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