Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole Recipe Is to Die For by Donna John


Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole Recipe Is to Die For

Homemade meatballs, chicken Parmesan, pasta casseroles and spaghetti and meatballs are undeniably among the top comfort foods. So when I discovered a chicken Parmesan meatball casserole recipe, my mind went into overload – and I headed immediately to the store to buy the ingredients I was missing. These quick and easy chicken Parmesan meatballs floating in a sea of spaghetti sauce and covered with cheese are to die for. This is the perfect casserole for family dinners or when company is coming over.

To make this Italian-inspired meatball casserole recipe, you will need just a few simple ingredients. Here is your shopping list: ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk (but you can use water), garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce. The meatballs are mixed up, rolled up and placed into a baking dish full of spaghetti sauce. Bake until done, cover with cheese, bake a few minutes more to melt, and you've got a winning casserole for dinner.

Serve the meatballs and sauce over pasta or on top of crusty bread (garlic bread!) for an open-face meatball sandwich dinner. I served mine over angel hair pasta with an arugula salad on the side. These moist chicken meatballs will be one meal you'll look forward to making over and over again – and get ready for the recipe requests.

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/4 cup milk or water
  • 1/ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for topping
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce

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Recipe Notes

  • Freshly grated cheese melts better than pre-shredded cheese in a bag. So if you can, grate a block of mozzarella for this recipe.
  • I sprinkled the top of the casserole with parsley flakes for some color.
  • Fresh or dry breadcrumbs can be used for this recipe. I grated two slices of sandwich bread which is a perfect 1/2 cup. 
  • I used Rao's marinara sauce, but use whatever spaghetti sauce you enjoy.
  • For some spice, add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, milk or water, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, black pepper and grated Parmesan in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pour the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan.
  4. Form the chicken mixture into meatballs and place on top of the sauce.
  5. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and additional Parmesan.
  7. Put the dish back into the oven until the cheese melts, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Serve over pasta or hot bread.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 612

Total Fat: 31.8g

Saturated Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 340mg

Sodium: 858mg

Total Carbohydrate: 16.5g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Total Sugars: 4.7g

Protein: 65.1g

Vitamin D: 6mcg

Calcium: 332mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 1682mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , this casserole is calling my name. Unbelievably delicious! #yum
Terri Kendrick
This looks amaaaaaaazing!!!

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