Chicken Parmesan Meatballs over Creamy Polenta
Prep time 15mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 8

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  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes with Roasted Garlic
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, plus 4 cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons basil, thinly sliced, plus 2 large fresh sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh mozzarella or bocconcini, cut into ½-¾” cubes
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Polenta, for serving


  • Step 1

    Place ground chicken in a large bowl, add grated parmesan, breadcrumbs, 2 cloves chopped garlic, basil, parsley, a beaten egg, 2 Tbsp olive oil, Italian seasoning, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Use your hands or a spatula to thoroughly mix.

  • Step 2

    Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, then scoop heaping portions of the meatballs mixture using a small cookie scoop and line them up. Press ¼ of a bocconcini or a cube of fresh mozzarella into each meatball, then seal and roll to be uniform in shape and size.

  • Step 3

    Preheat an oven to 350°F. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, then add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil. When hot, add meatballs, leaving about ½” in between them, working in batches as needed. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Step 4

    Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the skillet and the remaining 4 cloves thinly sliced garlic, then cook 1-2 minutes more, until the garlic is light golden brown and fragrant. Add 2 cans of Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes with Roasted Garlic, then scrape the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits. Add ½ cup of water, then stir well. Return the browned meatballs to the pan, then submerge the basil sprigs. Sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan.

  • Step 5

    Transfer the skillet to a preheated oven and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and has reached an internal temperature of 165°F. Serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.