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MOZZARELLA-STUFFED CHICKEN PARM MEATBALLS

 

 

My all time favorite dish is chicken parmigiana.  Check out my recipe on mealswithmark (shameless plug) Marky’s Homemade Chicken Parmigiana.  I am also a fan of all italian foods and thought what a great twist it would be to make chicken parmasean meatballs.  These make a great appetizer for your next holiday party.  I made if for my holiday get together with friends this past weekend and boy they were a hit!  They disappeared quickly and everyone was asking for the recipe!  I will definitely be making these again soon!
So I made a ground chicken meatball mixture with some Italian seasonings and italian breadcrumbs, stuffed in the mozzarella balls (which I purchased at Cheese World, my go to local cheese shop), rolled them in flour, pan fried them, and finished them off in the oven.  Then I topped them with my favorite Jar Sauce (to save time) Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce.
Ingredients:

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  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Bite-sized mozzarella balls (I used ciliegine)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Olive oil, for pan frying
  • Tomato sauce, to top
  • Fresh basil, to garnish

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.
  2. Shape the meatball mixture into small balls, and then press a ball of mozzarella into each. Reseal the meatball mixture around the mozzarella, making sure to cover it completely. You don’t want any mozzarella to be visible, or it will ooze out while you cook the meatballs.
  3. Once all of the meatballs have been stuffed, roll them in the flour., one at a time, to coat. Shake off any excess and set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high.
  5. Once the oil has warmed, add in half of the meatballs and cook until browned, turning often.
  6. Once the meatballs brown, remove them from the skillet and add your second batch of meatballs.
  7. When those meatballs have also browned, remove them from heat and transfer all of the browned meatballs into a baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray (or, if your skillet is oven safe, simply transfer that into the oven). Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. While the meatballs cook, heat up your sauce in a small saucepan.
  9. When the meatballs are finished, spoon warm tomato sauce over the tops, garnish with basil, and serve.

Recipe by; http://hostthetoast.com

Check out these other amazing Italian Dishes at MealswithMark:

Marky’s Homemade Chicken Parmigiana

Italian Turkey Meatballs

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers

 

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