The best chicken meatballs baked until golden brown and flavored with garlic, herbs and spices. These meatballs are great served as an appetizer, or over a big plate of spaghetti.

My family loves meatballs, I often make their favorite versions including slow cooker meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, and this lighter chicken version.

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Chicken meatballs in a skillet of garlic butter.

My family loves meatballs, and these tender and juicy chicken meatballs are their all-time favorite. Chicken meatballs are a little lighter than their beef counterparts, but they’re still plenty flavorful and are super easy to prepare.

How do you make chicken meatballs?

To make chicken meatballs, place ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix everything thoroughly, then roll 1 inch balls out of the mixture.

Place the uncooked meatballs on a foil lined sheet pan and they are ready to bake. Put them in the oven until the meatballs are golden brown and cooked through. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy.

Ground chicken, herbs, breadcrumbs and cheese in a mixing bowl.

Tips for chicken meatballs

  • You can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken with great results.
  • When you select your ground chicken, pick 93-96% lean ground chicken. Avoid 99% lean ground chicken breast.
  • I like to serve these meatballs in garlic butter sauce. To make garlic butter sauce, simply cook in a pan 4 tablespoons of butter, 1 teaspoon of garlic, 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley and a little salt and pepper to taste. You can also serve these meatballs in marinara sauce or with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Try putting a little cooking oil on your hands when you form the meatballs. That helps keep the meat from sticking to you and gives you smoother meatballs.

Ground chicken with herbs and spices, rolled into balls.

How do you keep meatballs moist?

There are a few tricks to keep your meatballs moist.

  • Make sure you add the olive oil indicated in this recipe.
  • Mix the meatballs thoroughly so the eggs and bread crumbs are evenly distributed.
  • Use chicken meat that is 93-95% lean so that the meat has moisture.
  • Don’t over bake the meatballs. Take them out of the oven when they are cooked through and the tops are browned.

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan.

Chicken meatball variations

These chicken meatballs are fantastic because they can be used in practically any sauce or modified as you like. Here are some changes you can try.

  • Greek style: Add 1/2 cup chopped cooked spinach and substitute feta cheese for the parmesan cheese.
  • Cheese lovers: Add 1/2 cup each of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese to the meatballs.
  • Mexican: Omit the Italian seasoning, instead use 1 tablespoon of chili powder. Use shredded cheddar cheese instead of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle a little cilantro over the top of the meatballs when serving them instead of parsley.
  • Bacon: Try adding 1/2 cup of cooked crumbled bacon to the meatballs.
  • Stuffed meatballs: Put a 1/2 inch cube of mozzarella cheese inside each meatball. The cheese will be melted and gooey when you cut the meatballs open.

A serving plate of chicken meatballs served with marinara sauce.

These chicken meatballs bake up browned on the outside and moist on the inside. They work perfectly in pasta, as a pizza topping, in a meatball sandwich, or as a party snack. The possibilities are endless!

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5 from 44 votes

Chicken Meatballs

AuthorSara Welch
Chicken meatballs in a skillet of garlic butter.
The best chicken meatballs baked until golden brown and flavored with garlic, herbs and spices. These meatballs are great served as an appetizer, or over a big plate of spaghetti.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Serves 6


  • 2 pounds ground chicken 96% lean
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with foil, and coat the foil with cooking spray.
  • Place the ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll 1 inch sized meatballs, and place the meatballs in a single layer on the baking pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. These were absolutely delicious. I only had 1lb of ground chicken, so I used the recipe conversion roll above to cut the recipe in half (used 1 whole egg instead of 0.5 eggs) and they were so tasty. It made exactly 24 meatballs. My picky 2 year old loved them! Will add these to our regular rotation!!

  2. I’ve been making these for the last 3 years or so, thank you so much for this delicious recipe, my family loves them!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. They came out delicious My son is a picky eater and he even had seconds. Usually my meatballs come out a bit dry but these were perfect moist and delicious 😁. Thank you !!

  4. 5 stars
    This was a simple recipe easily made. The meatballs were amazing. So flavorful. I took them out of the oven before they were totally cooked as they do tend to cook while standing. Had them in a Greek lemon/egg soup. So good. I didn’t have panko bread crumbs, but used a mix of stuffing crumbs and crumbs I make from bread going stale. Use a thermometer to check doneness, but realize the balls will cook even after you take them out, so don’t overcook!

    1. 5 stars
      I have been looking for foods with less fat grams and ran across this recipe. My husband actually liked them!! Very good!!!

  5. 5 stars
    How many meatballs do you consider a serving? Love these! They are a great healthy snack we prep for our week!

  6. 5 stars
    I usually make turkey meatballs and have to add more spices because its so bland but these chicken meatballs are delicious! Followed recipe as is and it was perfect.

  7. Wow..made up a big batch of your Chicken Meetmeat Balls. We used a Bocatini pastas. It was fabulous, accompanied with a sourdough loaf of bread and green salad

    Thank you so much
    Joanne Smith
    Poulsbo Wa

  8. 5 stars
    This turned exactly as I wanted and hoped for. Definitely my go-to meatball recipe for the future. Freezing a bunch to have on hand. I use tzatziki sauce in a pita for a middle eastern/Greek twist,

  9. 5 stars
    These turned out SO deliciously! How do you get that amazing, burnished surface on your meatballs? Our oven sucks and I can never trust the temperature settings, so I set to broil in the final minutes, but yours are so glossy and browned! I even spritzed them with some oil to try to help…

    1. Make sure to put your meatballs on the top rack so they’re closer to the broiler heating element! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.