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chicken meatballs on a plate with pesto pasta and roasted carrots

Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs (8 servings) 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Tender, moist and full of flavor, these healthy chicken meatballs are easy to prepare and super versatile, making them ideal for meal prep!


  • 2 pieces whole-wheat sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons milk 
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (Pecorino Romano or Manchego also work well)
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced oregano 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken


Heat oven to 400°F with rack set to middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Mash bread and milk together in a large bowl to combine.

Mix Parmesan, onion, egg, oregano, garlic, oil, salt and pepper into bread mixture. 

Add chicken to bread mixture and, using your hands, mix just until combined. 

Using a 1 tablespoons measure, form chicken mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs on prepared sheet spaced 1 inch apart. 

Bake meatballs until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 10–12 minutes. 


Make meatballs dairy free: simply leave out the Parmesan, or use vegan cheese.

Make meatballs gluten-free: use gluten-free sandwich bread.

Flavors: mix it up with different herbs, try using minced fresh rosemary or thyme. Add some classic meatballs spices like fennel seed or ground fennel, red pepper flakes and/or Italian seasoning.

Make turkey meatballs: use ground turkey in place of chicken, or check out these Asian Turkey Meatballs


  • Serving Size: 5 meatballs
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 399mg
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg

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