Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

I have something to confess to you. It actually took me 35 minutes to make this meal. Buuuut, before you run away in search of another 30 minute meal, let me tell you that I was also taking care of my three kids while I made this. So let’s just say that my cooking was not uninterrupted as I prepared these meatballs. Cooking without also making sure three kids ages 6 and under get along? This dinner is totally doable in 30.

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means I’m back again with another easy recipe to help you get dinner on the table fast. This 30 Minute Thursday series is my favorite because I need quick and easy when it comes to dinner recipes as much as you do. I’m loving the challenge of coming up with a new 30 minute meal every month, and I also look forward to seeing what my blogging friends come up with! (You can find links to their recipes at the bottom of this post.)

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

Let’s talk about these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce for a minute. Aside from macaroni and cheese and salmon, these meatballs are my kids’ favorite meal. The kind of meal where they ask for seconds and sometimes even thirds. And it’s not just one or two of the kids that like these, it’s all three of them. Yep, even Hannah (who’s 10 months now!) loves these meatballs and leaves a clean high chair tray when it’s chicken parm meatball night.

There are both Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses inside the meatballs. Just enough to bring out the flavors of chicken parmesan while still keeping things on the lighter side.

These meatballs are made with ground chicken, so they’re better for you. The amount of seasoning is just right for appealing to both kids’ and adults’ tastes. I use my small cookie scoop to help shape the meatballs. It makes it so easy, and there’s less mess on my hands. I also line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up.

While the meatballs bake and the pasta cooks, you’ll have time to make my super easy tomato sauce. It takes just minutes and adds another homemade touch to this from scratch meal.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

If fast and easy meals work for your life right now, too, then you might want to take a peek at some of my other 30 minute meals:

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken

Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Pasta with Chickpeas

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
 
Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta, any shape
For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
For the tomato sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, place all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Use a fork or your hands to mix until well combined. Form into 1-inch round balls and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. (I use a small cookie scoop to make it quick and easy to form the meatballs.)
  4. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature should read at least 165 on an instant read thermometer.
  5. While the meatballs are cooking, make the tomato sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Add the crushed and diced tomatoes, oregano, Italian seasoning, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook sauce at a low simmer while the meatballs cook, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the pasta.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

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  1. This dish looks SO good, Kristine! I’ve never had chicken parmesan meatballs before, so I’m loving this fun twist! My husband is a chicken parm fanatic, so I can’t wait to make this for him!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…30 Minute Thursday: One Pan Chicken Fettuccine AlfredoMy Profile

  2. Every weekend in the winter, we make a batch of meatballs with a similar recipe. Great comfort food.
    Amy recently posted…Polenta Pie (Polenta Pasticciata)My Profile

  3. Mmmm…I love making baked meatballs. So much better for you and way less messy (ugh – frying things is the worst for clean-up!). Love the cheesy goodness in here!
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen recently posted…Easy Baked Gnocchi with Tomatoes and MozzarellaMy Profile

  4. Well how fantastic does that meal look?! I love that there’s cheese in the meatballs too. Also, using a cookie scoop to make meatballs is just plain brilliant. My kids love meatballs but I rarely make them because I hate shaping them! I might even have everything on hand to make this so it will be happening soon!
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. recently posted…One Pot Lemon Thyme Chicken and RiceMy Profile

  5. Oooooh I’m wishing I had some of these right now (and it’s nearly bedtime!), Kristine. Yum! That’s such a good idea about using a cookie scoop to form the meatballs. Anything that minimizes mess is a winner!
    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life recently posted…Creamy Lemon Spinach One-Pot PastaMy Profile

  6. These meatballs look so delicate and delicious. I watched 5 years ago or so how Jamie Oliver added grated parmesan in meatballs, and since that I’ve been doing them this ways. It really makes the difference. But together with mozzarella, it’s even better! lovely meal, Kristine!

  7. I LOVe the idea of taking everything from chicken parmesan and stuffing it into spaghetti and meatballs! This is definitely a dinner I believe would go over VERY well around here! 😉
    Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven recently posted…White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss SconesMy Profile

  8. These look so tasty! I can see why your kiddos leave a clean plate! Yum!
    Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats recently posted…Frosted Molasses Cookies.My Profile

  9. Yum! I love that this only takes 30 minutes! And I am a bog fan of meatballs, love this healthier version, sounds so good!
    Meghan | Fox and Briar recently posted…Gingerbread Martini (plus I made you a playlist!)My Profile

  10. I am alllll about this! I love 30 Min Thursdays cause even though I don’t participate I love drooling over everyone’s dishes…like this one. Chicken parm is my favorite and the fact that you turned it into meatballs is brilliant! Saving this recipe 🙂

  11. Made this on the weekend and those meatballs were a hit! Everyone gobbled it up and the kids were disappointed when my husband called dibs on taking the leftovers for lunch today! 🙂
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. recently posted…One Pot Lemon Thyme Chicken and RiceMy Profile

  12. A dinner that’s ready in 35 minutes is a winner in my book! I love that you made chicken parmesan meatballs too, what a fun idea. This looks like a perfect weeknight dinner!
    Danielle recently posted…Gingerbread PancakesMy Profile

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