Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze

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These baked chicken meatballs make a quick, easy, and kid-friendly supper.

Chicken Meatballs

If you’re looking for an alternative to saucy, rich beef meatballs, these light and elegant chicken meatballs fit the bill.  I love them with mashed potatoes, puréed cauliflower, or buttered noodles for a quick and easy weeknight meal. They also make a delicious appetizer — just make them smaller and spear them with toothpicks.

What you’ll need to make chicken meatballs with tomato-balsamic glaze


When purchasing ground chicken, stay away from extra-lean all breast meat; if the meat is too lean, the meatballs will come out dry and lacking in flavor.

Tomato paste can be purchased in a small can or tube. While I use canned here, the tubed variety is more practical because you can use just what you need and store it in the fridge until you need it again.  To preserve canned tomato paste longer, freeze it in tablespoon-sized portions (use an ice cube tray or put tablespoon-sized portions on a cookie sheet).  Once frozen, transfer these portions into a freezer-safe plastic bag for future use.

The recipe calls for Pecorino Romano cheese, a hard Italian sheep milk cheese. It is similar to Parmigiano Reggiano, in that both cheeses have salty, umami-rich flavors, but Pecorino Romano is saltier, tangier, and stronger in flavor.

How to make chicken meatballs with tomato-balsamic glaze

To begin, combine the egg, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

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Mix well with a wire whisk, making sure the tomato paste is completely dissolved.

whisking ingredients

Add the ground chicken, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

adding ground chicken

Use your hand to mix the ingredients together; it will be somewhat wet.

how to make chicken meatballs

Using wet hands, form medium-sized balls and place into an ungreased 9-x-13-in baking dish.

in baking dishNext, make the glaze by combining the tomato paste, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small bowl.

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Whisk to combine.

how to make chicken meatballs

Brush the glaze evenly over the meatballs.

how to make chicken meatballs

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 160°F. Remove from the oven and serve.

how to make chicken meatballs

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Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze

These baked chicken meatballs make a quick, easy, and kid-friendly supper.

Servings: Makes 12 meatballs (or 24 appetizer-sized meatballs)
Total Time: 45 Minutes


For the Meatballs

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken (preferably Purdue, not extra lean all breast meat)
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs

For the Glaze

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well with a wire whisk, making sure the tomato paste is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the ground chicken, grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Use your hand to mix the ingredients together; it will be somewhat wet. Form medium-sized balls and place into an ungreased 9-x-13-in baking dish.
  4. Make the glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Brush evenly over the meatballs. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 160°F. Remove from the oven and serve.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked meatballs can be frozen, with their glaze, for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve, reheat them, tightly covered with foil, in a 300°F oven, until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 119
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 161 mg
  • Cholesterol: 54 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn! Will anything bad happen if I use a silicone whisk instead of a wire one? (Sorry if this is a silly question!! I’m an amateur and after some other really silly mistakes on other cooking adventures, I just wanna be extra careful…)

    • — Sarah on May 28, 2020
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    • Not a silly question! Sure, a silicone whisk is perfectly fine to use. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 28, 2020
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  • I thought these were really great, and quick too. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    • — Caitlin H. on March 30, 2020
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  • I made these last night and we were very impressed. The texture and flavor are great! Came together in minimal time. Another wonderful “Jenn” recipe! Stay safe =)

    • — Jackie H on March 24, 2020
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  • WOW! Just made a batch and love the texture and flavor. My local Whole Foods only carries 98% white meat ground chicken so I added a tablespoon of olive oil so it wouldn’t be too dry. Only thing I altered with recipe. Glaze takes it over the top and without the glaze, recipe could easily substitute a typical beef meatball simmered in a red/marinara sauce. I can see how they would be great as an appetizer since the sauce is mildly sweet with a flavorful meatball underneath. Another great recipe for my box!! Keeper for sure. Thanks again, Jenn!

    • — Christine Smith on February 27, 2020
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  • I make these chicken meatballs a lot, I always double the glaze so there is enough of it for us. I use these with spaghetti delicious also great when made for appetizer. i always add some italilan seasoning never have the seasoned bread crumbs.

    • — Pat Hurtig on November 4, 2019
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  • Love the majority of your recipes, but not a fan of these. They kind of lacked taste and felt undercooked even though I did bake them till 160 degrees. Kids ate them though! Next time I’d maybe make them with half chicken half pork. Do you think that would work?

    • — Olga on October 19, 2019
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    • Yes you could also add some bacon or pancetta for more flavor. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 19, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn-
    This is the first comment I’ve made on your blog after two weeks of being obsessed over your recipes snice finding you. These meatballs were awesome! I have six children so I have to double double (sometimes triple) everything, but they were a hit with everyone! 🙂 I’ve loved the naan bread, lentil veggie soup, pumpkin scones, French Apple cake and others. We’re going to gain weight as I can’t stop trying your recipes! It’s awesome how everything I need for your recipes is already in my pantry and yet it all comes out so good! Thank you!

    • — Stephanie on August 29, 2019
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    • I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes, Stephanie! Thank you for taking the time to write and let me know. 😊

      • — Jenn on August 29, 2019
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  • These were DELICIOUS! My son requested spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight – checked the fridge and all I had was ground chicken, so I knew I had to make these. Recipe came together in about 10 minutes of prep work, We are watching our calories so I used half the cheese the recipe called for and I didn’t miss it at all. Flavor is great, the glaze is tangy and sweet. I was already baking Jenn’s chocolate zucchini bread at 350, so I popped these in at that higher temp and used a thermometer to check them to 165. Took about 24 minutes.

    • — Elizabeth on August 27, 2019
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  • Dear Jenn,
    I’ve made these already & we loved them. I was wondering if i could prepare the meatballs & freeze them before cooking to use at a later date.

    Thanks for so many delicious recipes.


    • — Darlene Mulholland on August 22, 2019
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    • So glad you enjoy the recipes, Darlene! I generally freeze meatballs after cooking them, but it’s perfectly fine to freeze them before if you prefer. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 23, 2019
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  • I made this recipe again tonight for the umpteenth time. I leave out the milk and cheese because we keep kosher. If I have non dairy creamer available I’ll use that but tonight I didn’t. I just don’t bake them as long. Served them with green beans and carrots and rice. A perfect weeknight meal.

    • — Miriam Plax on May 2, 2019
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  • I have made these a few times now. They are perfect! I double the glaze, add some to the meatballs and save some to “ dip” ……..yummy!

    • — Pat on April 13, 2019
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  • Excellent! I , too, will double the glaze next time!

    • — Pat on February 6, 2019
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  • Love the recipe, the chicken balls were light and fluffy with lots of flavor, but would like a gravy of some kind. I would make extra glaze for dipping when used as an hors d’oeuvre, but not sure what to serve with it when used for dinner. I used
    parmesan cheese as that’s what I had, but was wondering what the difference would be if I
    used romano as in the recipe. Is parm saltier?

    • — Irma Blauner on February 6, 2019
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    • Hi Irma, Glad you like these! A lot of other readers have commented that they’ve made extra glaze as well. (And Pecorino cheese is more mild and a bit saltier than Parmesan.)

      • — Jenn on February 7, 2019
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  • Best chicken meatballs Ive ever made!! My hubby AND kids (1 and 3 yrs old) ate every last piece. Glad I doubled the recipe for leftovers 🙂 The buttered noodles and side veggie were perfect.

    • — Jaime C on January 30, 2019
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  • I have used your recipes for years. And they have all been excellent. These meatballs were tasteless. Followed the recipe perfectly. Baked as directed and they were not fully cooked. Checked oven temp,and it was right. Are u sure you cook these at 325?

    • — Rick on January 17, 2019
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    • Hi Rick, I’m sorry that these were a bit of a flop for you! Yes, the oven temp of 325 is correct. If you try them again, I’d suggest leaving them in few a few minutes longer.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2019
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  • The best meatballsi have made!

    • — Kathy on January 8, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,
    What can I use in place of the cheese? I am lactose intolerant. Would the meatballs be dry if I leave this ingredient out? (Love your recipes! I have made many tasty meals!) 🙂

    • — Heather on January 8, 2019
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    • Hi Heather – glad you like the recipes! You can just omit the cheese here – you could add another Tbsp. or two of milk to add a bit more moisture. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 9, 2019
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  • I’ve made these so many times….they are beyond amazing….everyone loves them!

    I wanted to double the batch…could I use half ground chicken and half pork?

    Thank so much!

    • — Monia on June 10, 2018
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    • Sure (and so glad you like them)!

      • — Jenn on June 10, 2018
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  • Could these meatballs be broiled instead? I love how broiling on the top shelf gives meatballs such a crunchy shell. Was planning to make these tonight with ground turkey.

    • Sure, Abi – that’ll work. Enjoy!

  • Hi Jenn- This sounds so good! I have everything on hand but of course the main ingredient, ground chicken. I do have ground beef- would this work or do I have to add more of any ingredient to keep it moist? Thank you!

    • Sure, Daryl, you can use ground beef here with no other modifications. Hope you enjoy!

  • My husband and I loved the meatballs however two of my kids did not care for the sauce. If you have picky eaters you may want to hold the sauce on a few meatballs just in case.

  • I was very excited to try this but a little disappointed. Took longer than 30 minutes to cook to 160 degrees (almost 45 minutes) and were a bit bland. The glaze was delicious and the meatballs were nice and moist, but lacking something. I think possibly more garlic needed, maybe some onion or sundried tomatoes, or more paste? I’m not sure, but I will experiment 🙂

  • Really enjoyed these; easy to make and flavorful. Cooked in two batches, and for the second I drizzled balsamic reduction (or balsamic glaze) over the recipe glaze. It gave it an extra balsamic “kick” that I liked.

  • Made these for my beef loving spouse this evening and he pronounced them to be “the best meatballs he has ever had.” Keep in mind that he is the only son of a FABULOUS first generation cook from Italy who rolls her own gnocchi. Took the advice from other reviewers and doubled the glaze. Delicious, and absolutely the way to go. Thank you, Jenn, for another winner.

  • Great recipe. I like better than traditional beef. Also the reviews advising double the glaze are spot on

  • I have been to 3 top grocery stores
    and cannot find the required chicken.
    Feels like I am in the Twilight zone as
    everyone else can get it.

    Can I ground the Chicken thighs in my own Processor?

    • Sorry you’ve had a hard time finding it! Yes, you can ground the thighs in your food processor. Hope you enjoy!

    • Walmart in a small rural community carries ground chicken in the organic chcken section.

    • Or, if you have a Kitchen Aide stand mixer, there is a grinder attachment! I have used that when I lived in places I could not find ground chicken. Happy cooking!

      • — Janet on January 8, 2019
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  • Just made these last night with all ground turkey…. They were absolutely amazing! Not even remotely dry. My kids loved them as well.

  • Hi there,
    All I can find at my local grocery store is the lean ground chicken. What can I add to make sure it doesn’t turn out dry?

    • Hi Katie, If you’re not able to find anything but lean ground chicken, I would add a little more cheese to keep the meatballs moist. Hope you enjoy!

  • Hi,
    I see you say ground chicken is more flavorful than ground turkey but could this be substituted with ground turkey? Or would the flavor just be ruined? Thank you.

    • Hi Christina, Ground turkey can be used, but I do think they are more flavorful with ground chicken. Other readers have used turkey though and have been happy with the results. Hope you enjoy!

  • This was disappointing. I think it would have been better with ground beef or veal.

  • I made these earlier this week during the big blizzard, and they were fantastic! They were so moist and flavorful even when reheating the leftovers. The only change I made was when serving the leftovers — I made a bit more glaze but substituted apricot jam for the sugar and added a pinch of salt. Another wonderful recipe from your site. Thank you!

    • — Bernadette McVicker
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  • Can the chicken meatballs be made as a meatloaf instead? If yes, how long would I bake it for?

    • Alice, You could make this into a meatloaf. I would increase the baking time to about 45 minutes, but before removing it from the oven, make sure that an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf registers 160 degrees. I’ve also got a BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and an Italian Meatloaf on the site if you want to try one of those.

  • I would like to make these for a party in advance. At what point in the recipe would I freeze them and then how would I proceed to finish them?

    • Hi Barbara, I think these would freeze well. I would suggest cooking them completely, glaze and all, before freezing them. When you’re ready to serve them, I would defrost them and then put reheat them tightly covered in a 300 degree oven, until warmed through. Hope you enjoy them!

  • I made these last night and they were terrific! I have made many meatball recipes and this one by far is the best I’ve ever made. I doubled the batch and still did not have left overs. Right now I’m printing all of your recipes as I try them and placing them in a bound notebook. I wished you had a cookbook. Whoever refused to publish your recipes the first time was a complete idiot. You are an amazing cook! Thank you for sharing your recipes with the world anyways!

  • I love these meatballs so much that I double the recipe. When I put two trays in the oven, by how much time should I increase the cooking time? Thanks!

    • Hi Allison, Cook time should be about the same; maybe just a few minutes longer.

  • This is a great alternative to traditional meatballs, and the ground chicken is very flavorful compliment to the tomato/balsamic glaze.
    I might have over-cooked mine as I found them a bit dry. Next time, I may try to form burger patties or individual sized meatloaves to help maintain the juicy, yummy flavors.

    • Hi Kim, If you used all chicken breast meat, they might be a little dry. Try to find ground chicken that is a blend of white and dark meat.

  • Really, really good!

  • Why is the recipe not printable? I have tried to print but nothing happens. Does one have to join your mailing list in order to get access to printing the recipes?? thank you~

    • Hi Christie, That’s strange — if you click on the print tab, it should take you to a printable page. No need to subscribe to print recipes…what browser are you using?

  • Another hit, Jenn. Per the various comments, I doubled the sauce. My 6 year old inhaled them, asking for seconds. My husband was more than a little dubious, but once he started eating he liked them too!

    Well done!

  • Can you please tell me the calories per meatball 🙂

    • Hi Holly, Nutritional data has been added underneath the recipe.

  • Could these be made in advance and frozen? (I’m planning a big New Years Day Brunch and want to make a lot of things in advance.)

    • Hi Susan, I do think they’d freeze well.

  • I absolutely loved these! I’m Italian and I have always made meatballs using beef, veal and pork and fried them in olive oil until they were nice and crispy. My family usually eats them as I fry them. But after trying this recipe I may never go back to my old ways! I don’t use the glaze, I make my own marinara sauce, delicious! Thanks Jenn for another keeper!

  • I agree that these chicken meatballs are very yummy! I’m already thinking of when I can make them as hors d’oeuvre at a party.

    One thing I did different was to use grated dill-infused Havarti instead of P-R cheese, given that I didn’t have the latter on hand, and the Havarti was a great substitute. I also agree that the glaze recipe could easily be doubled. Next time I will do so, to ensure that I have plenty to put on the meatballs prior to baking, and I will divide half of it before contaminating the glaze so that I can apply some glaze a second time, once they are removed from the oven.

    Thanks for another lovely recipe, Jenn.

  • Can this recipe work with ground turkey as my husband is not a fan of ground chicken?

    • — Linda Oliksowycz
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  • I love these! I make them dairy free so I use a little water instead of milk and eliminate the cheese (I use kosher meat that’s already a bit saltier).

    I also double the glaze as it is so yummy!

  • Made these for a quick Saturday lunch. They are outstanding. Great ingredients and directions. A keeper recipe. Thank you for adding another recipe to my tool belt!

  • These meatballs are incredible–so much flavour. My husband keeps asking me to make them!! Thanks Jennifer for sharing this recipe….

  • I didn’t love this recipe…at first! I only covered half of the meatballs with the sauce because my balsamic vinegar was getting a little skunky! I had hoped the meatballs would be a hit with everyone, but the picky eater didn’t like it (he opposes green flecks in his food) and our daughter wasn’t blown away with it (bummer because both kids have enjoyed the other recipes I’ve made from the site). My wife and I enjoyed the glazed version. Turns out the skunky balsamic wasn’t such an issue when cooked.

    I took the plain meatballs to lunch the next day and had it with spaghetti sauce and penne: HELLO! It was delicious and amazing and I can’t wait to make these again! I actually think both kids will enjoy that. The only change I would make would be to add a bit more garlic.

    * I saw that you have another meatball recipe. I’ll try that one also but I really enjoyed these!

  • I made this two months ago, and I didn’t have that many to serve for dinner because I ate most of them while I was waiting for my sides to finish. I plan to make a double batch next time.

  • I just made these tonight for tomorrow night’s dinner. Only things I changed were that I made six times the amount of sauce, as I plan to serve the meatballs with wide egg noodles and wanted some extra sauce for them. I made the sauce for basting the meatballs as per your recipe, but put the leftover sauce into a saucepan with some red wine, chicken broth, cream, crushed red pepper flakes, crumbled gorganzola, and freshly chopped basil from my garden. This is an excellent recipe for leaner meatballs… they are AMAZING! The sauce just needed a bit more uummph for me if serving over pasta. I love your recipes and blogs!! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing your modifications. The sauce you made sounds delicious!

  • Jenn– my daughters (Alexis and Abbe) told me about your beautiful blog– been cooking for 45 years and I’m amazed that I’m still picking up helpful tips from your simple explanations about the “how’s and whys” of each recipe and your responses to each question asked.
    The chicken meatballs are outstanding, even though I didn’t have fresh parsley or garlic( had to use freeze dried) on hand. Very moist and flavorful. And yes– double the glaze– it’s so good.
    Can’t wait to start on another recipe — thanks.

    • That is so nice to hear, Judi. Thank you! I’m a big fan of your daughters, and your grandchildren too 🙂

  • Made these last night for a pool-side dinner with friends in our community. I did double the amount of glaze. They were such a hit….folks kept going back for more! I even had two friends ask for the recipe, which I am giving them along with your website address. Told them everything I have tried from your website has just been delish!

    • Thank you, Patricia!

  • These are delicious with pasta and sauce, but i also made the mixture into a meat loaf. None of the family are big meat loaf lovers, but we all loved this. Served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and a couple of vegetable sides, it was so comforting on a cold Canadian winter night. Thanks Jenn!

  • These were awesome. Next time I will make more glaze though — can’t get too much of that.
    I used a small scoop the size for making melon balls and got 50 that were perfect appetizer size.
    Your recipes have been fantastic! I haven’t had one that’s failed yet or that we didn’t like.

    • So nice to hear, Jill. Glad you enjoyed!

  • The chicken tomato-balsamic glazed meatballs were fabulous. Everyone enjoyed them a lot, as they were flavorful and moist for a chicken meatball. I followed the recipe to the dime, but the next time I make these, I will make extra glaze and top the cooked meatballs after they come out of the oven for extra tangy sauce on the finished product. Overall a great appitizer, thanks Jennifer 🙂

  • Have made this many times for my family and friends. Always a hit. I leave off the tomato glaze and serve beside Jennifer’s macaroni and cheese recipe.

  • I’m always on the look out for a good, easy weeknight meal. We really enjoyed these. I double the glaze.

  • I made these for a super bowl party as an appetizer. I found them a tad dry and really needed a sauce to serve with them (I used my own homemade BBQ rather than the balsamic glaze and served extra on the side). I used mixed thigh and breast meat (bought some roasters on sale and boned them all) which I ground in a food processor. I have a party coming up and will likely try again but add about 1/4 cup panade made of panko and buttermilk to add a bit of moisture.

  • We love this recipe except that we don’t include the balsamic in the glaze because my child is not a fan of vinegar. It still tastes amazing! We usually just serve the meatballs with pasta and tomato sauce and garlic bread.

  • Can’t wait to try this recipe. They look and sound soooo good? Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. 🙂

  • Any SUBSTITUTE for the bread crumbs. I am avoiding WHEAT and am looking for something to use instead of wheat products.

    • Hi Diana, Wheat-free bread crumbs should work fine.

  • looking forward to your great reciepes

  • I made these tonight for dinner and they were absolutely delicious! I didn’t change anything except I made some more sauce for the meatballs. Great recipe!

  • This recipe is great for a party. The ladies appreciated the lightness of the chicken and the men just loved the taste.

  • My husband made a face when I stood in the kitchen making these. Afterwards, he asked for seconds!

  • I can’t wait to try these for dinner this week. I’m going to serve a cold quinoa salad with mango and mint along side it. Thanks for finding creative ways even with old standbys like ground chicken.

  • I thought these were wonderful. I served them as an appetizer at a get-together I hosted at my home last weekend. They were a definite hit. I did add 1/4 teaspoon of pepper flakes because I tend to like things a bit spicy and so do my friends.

  • Yumm! I love these chicken meatballs. I serve mine with marinated roasted peppers and it is so good.

  • These are delicious and the glaze really distinguishes these from other meatballs.

  • I made this tonight for the first time and liked it. I’ve never seen 1/2 T. but found it is 1 1/2 tsp. The Pecorino Romano was expensive but I wanted to use what the recipe called for so bought it. I read it is a salty cheese so used 1/4 tsp of salt instead of 1/2 tsp. Also I forgot to get fresh parsley so used 1T plus 1 tsp. of dried. Otherwise I followed the recipe. Next time I would make more sauce and add a bit more on the meatballs. I cooked 30 minutes and they were over 160 degrees but still moist and good.

  • Hi made these and they were delish!! Was wondering how they would be if you made a patty and put on the grill??

    • Hi Melody, So glad you enjoyed the meatballs. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’d hold up on the grill b/c the mixture is very wet.

  • What a clever twist on the classic meatball. Nomnom!

  • Yummo!! The balsamic glaze was a clever move…The meatballs got a lot of “oomph” from it. I always wonder what to do with my huge bottle of balsamic vinegar other than making salad dressing and you just gave me a wonderful idea.

  • Just made – fantastic!

  • This has become one of my go-to recipes for a weeknight meal that I can make ahead (I make and shape the meatballs earlier in the day) and pop in the oven right before serving. My husband and toddler love these meatballs as much as I do. I’ve made these meatballs with ground turkey in the past when that’s all I had in the freezer, and they’re definitely better with ground chicken, so do search out the ground chicken if you can. Otherwise, I make the recipe exactly as written, and the flavor is outstanding. Thanks for another great recipe, Jennifer!

  • I try not to eat a lot of red meat, so these are a great looking, delicious alternative!

  • I cannot wait to try these! I am always on the lookout for a new meatball recipe, but from the looks of these, I will be full before dinner is even served. 😉

  • Looking forward to making these meatballs. My husband has to limit his beef intake and I think he will enjoy this alternative.

  • I made these for a group potluck after finding this link on Amazing!

  • could you also cook these on the stove? or oven is best?

    • Eliana, Oven is best.

  • I find ground turkey to be so much nicer than chicken, but these look great!

  • My family was so impressed, everyone asked for the recipe!

  • Just had to come back 2 years later and say that I am still making this recipe. I’ve made it with chicken, turkey, and my favorite PORK!!

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  • Just made these for Father’s day – WOW. My family was so impressed, everyone asked for the recipe!

    Thanks for sharing, I highly recommend fellow readers make these!

  • my husband can’t have beef so i’m always looking for alternatives…what a great recipe. the whole family gobbled these up…tons of flavor and really delicious. definitely a keeper…thanks!

  • I made the chicken meatballs the past two nights. They were soooo good. I did a better job the second night. I used a little less cheese. I paired them with the brussels sprouts, which were equally good. My husband said it’s the best thing I ever made. Thanks for all your great recipes!!

  • Michelle – You can omit the cheese and substitute chicken stock or water for the milk.

    • I added chicken broth instead of the milk – and no cheese. The mix became way too moist to form the balls. Had to add alot more bread crumbs. Hope they still turn out okay!


      • — Jan on May 6, 2020
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      • How did they turn out?

        • — Jenn on May 7, 2020
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  • Great recipe–thanks! We have made it twice and used both chicken and turkey. Both were great.

  • I love this recipe idea. I don’t mix dairy with meat, so do you have some ideas for a good substitute for the milk and cheese?

  • Made these for dinner last night, and I thought they were fantastic! I’ve already forwarded the recipe to some friends. Keep the fabulous recipes coming, I’m loving them!

  • Danna – I believe you can, but I would first ask your butcher if he would do it for you. Good luck!

  • I can’t get ground chicken where I live… could you put chicken breasts in the food processor?

    • You may want to use chicken thighs in stead of breast meat—they have more flavor. I grind them with the steel blade in my food processor often!

  • my husband can’t have beef so i’m always looking for alternatives…what a great recipe. the whole family gobbled these up…tons of flavor and really delicious. definitely a keeper…thanks!

  • Made these for dinner and they were AMAZING! Seriously, ate seven of them!I paired them with an herb salad w/balsamic dressing, bottle of wine…it was truly perfect. And very easy to make!

  • wow! I must try these!

  • Memoira – I find that the texture of ground chicken is different from that of ground turkey. Cooked ground chicken can be rubbery, so this recipe calls for a fair amount of milk and breadcrumbs to counteract that. I suppose it wouldn’t be bad with turkey, but this recipe is really made for chicken. Hope you enjoy!

  • Oh my God, these look delicious. And I love the pics!!

  • Yummy! These look great; I’m bookmarking this one. What’s the reason ground turkey can’t be used? Just curious…

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