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Ingredients

Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup, finely chopped Onion
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes optional
1 or 2 cloves, minced Garlic
15 ounce can Tomato Sauce
Salt & Pepper
Chicken Meatballs
1 lb Organic Ground Chicken
1/4 cup, finely chopped Onion
2 or 3 cloves, minced Garlic
1/3 cup Breadcrumbs
1 tsp Parsley dried or fresh
1 tsp Basil fresh
1/4 cup, grated Parmesan Cheese
3/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Egg
1 tbsp Flax Seeds optional
Topping
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Chicken Meatball Parm

When in doubt...meatballs

Features:
    Cuisine:
    • Serves 4
    • Medium

    Directions

    I think I might have mentioned that I like meatballs…didn’t I? I prefer them small, light and juicy. To ensure that the meatballs are never dry, they should always finish cooking in a liquid, in this case tomato sauce, a homemade tomato sauce!

    Don’t be intimidated to make this dish, it’s a 3 step process but the third step is sprinkling cheese on top…the best step *wink*!

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Make The Tomato Sauce

    In a pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and the chopped onion, sauté on medium for 3-4 minutes. Next, add the tomato paste and stir until all of the onion pieces are covered with the tomato paste, then add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the tomato sauce, salt & pepper then allow the sauce to simmer on medium-low while making the meatballs. If the sauce is splashing, cover the pot partially with a lid and lower the heat to low.

    2
    Done

    Make The Chicken Meatballs

    Preheat your oven to 400F.

    To make the meatballs, add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon or better yet, your fingers! Quick tip: lightly beat the egg before adding to the meatball mixture, it will make the mixing easier. I added the flaxseeds for nutritional value but this step is optional.

    3
    Done

    Brown The Chicken Meatballs

    Heat up a large skillet with some oil. Form the meatballs into walnut size and place them into the hot oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides on medium heat, about 1 minute per side. Browning the meatballs will enhance the flavor, don't fully cook them through at this point, they will finish cooking in the tomato sauce in the oven. You might need to brown the meatballs in two batches as your pan (and mine) might not be big enough. Remove the browned meatballs to a plate then start the second batch.

    4
    Done

    Bake

    Once all meatballs have been browned, get an oven safe dish (I used a cake pan) and add the tomato sauce. Next, carefully add the chicken meatballs into the sauce then top with the cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

    5
    Done

    Time To Eat!

    I love serving this dish with a salad and some bread to dip into the sauce! Hope you give this a try!

    Joni

    Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about healthy, colorful, and easy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states for over 12 years now. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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