Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

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Easily prepared and loaded with aromatic flavors of basil, these basil-parmesan chicken meatballs are the perfect accent to pasta or enjoyed on their own.

We served these chicken meatballs over a delicious and earthy porcini mushroom. Try out the recipe!

Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

Easily prepared and loaded with aromatic flavors of basil, these basil-parmesan chicken meatballs are the perfect accent to pasta or enjoyed on their own.
4.62 from 13 votes
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 meatballs
Calories: 66kcal

Equipment

  • Ovenproof skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ head of garlic
  • Salt pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Extra virgin olive and more fresh basil optional, for serving

Instructions

Prepare Ingredients:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Roll the basil leaves into a tight bundle and thinly slice into ribbons to create a chiffonade of basil. Peel and mince all the garlic.

Prepare the Meatballs:

  • In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, basil leaves, garlic, breadcrumbs, parmesan and season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. (If desired, fry a small piece of the meatball mixture to ensure that it is seasoned correctly.)
  • Gently combine the mixture in the bowl with your hands without over-mixing. Form the meatballs into tablespoon-sized balls and roll lightly. Do not over-roll the meatballs; they should be a bit ragged. Transfer the meatballs to a plate.

Cook the Meatballs:

  • In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon cooking oil until over medium heat until hot. Add the meatballs in an even layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until lightly browned all over. Transfer to the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through, turning once midway through cooking.

To Serve:

  • If serving as an appetizer, arrange the meatballs on a bed of fresh basil leaves and drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t cook these in an oven at any point; I just used a frypan the whole way with a spray of olive oil.

    They were amazing though—not too dry, lovely texture and delicious flavours!

    The only thing I would say is that the basil needs to be chopped quite finely.

    I also didn’t use salt when I made the mixture, I used a teaspoon of soy sauce for extra umami and flavour.

    Highly recommended!

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