For a delicious new take on Chicken Parmesan, try these giant meatballs. Ground chicken stands in for the usual cutlet and the cheese is on the inside, mozzarella oozes out when you cut into a meatball. To keep things a bit traditional, they are served atop spaghetti with marinara sauce.

Everyday Food, October 2012


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain.

  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken and stir until just combined (do not overmix). In a medium straight-sided skillet, heat oil over medium until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.

  • Place remaining 1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Divide chicken mixture into 4 portions and flatten each into a disk. Place 4 mozzarella pieces in center of each, then form disk into a ball around cheese. Coat balls in breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown, 5 minutes, turning once. With a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to a paper-towel-lined rimmed baking sheet and let drain 1 minute.

  • Discard paper towels and transfer sheet to oven. Bake meatballs until chicken is cooked through, about 14 minutes. Divide pasta among four bowls and top each with marinara and a meatball. Sprinkle with parsley.


Reviews (2)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
It’s amazing I make them all the time. Kids love them! Sometimes I buy pearl mozzarella and make tony meatballs. Sometimes I buy large mozzarella and do four big ones! I don’t use all the oil to brown. I want to know why these recipes usually only get 3 stars. Whos so critical? Sarah carey is amazing and my teen/adult kids love her food. I feel like she is my funny friend!
Rating: 5 stars
This is a go-to recipe when we have guests for dinner and one I make time and again for my family. It has everything you would want it: chicken cheese and a very satisfying Italian meatball rolled into one! No matter who I make it for, they always want the recipe. It takes no time to put together and looks impressive once you've served it - - and they taste amazing!