Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Side or Entree: Chicken Parmesan Balls

Ryan wanted to make something similar to chicken parmesan, but wanted it in meatball form, so he made these up: Chicken Parmesan Balls. They are just as much effort as chicken parmesan, perhaps more. But, they were generally really popular.

ground chicken (~1 pound) or 3 chicken breasts
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp ground oregano
mozzarella, 1 block cut into 1/2 cm cubes
2 eggs
1 Tbsp water
dash salt
2 cups Panko-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan
pinch salt
pinch ground oregano
canola oil for frying


  1. Grind chicken breasts using meat grinder attachment on Kitchen-aid mixer, or just use purchased ground chicken.
  2. Add 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp oregano to the ground chicken. Mix until well combined.
  3. Roll into balls about 1.5" in diameter. Flatten ball.
  4. Place about teaspoon of mozzarella cubes in center and roll chicken around cheese, as a ball.
  5. Beat eggs, water, and dash salt in a bowl with a fork.
  6. Mix Panko bread crumbs, parmesan, pinch of salt and oregano until well combined.
  7. Roll your chicken cheese balls in the egg and then toss in the panko crumb mixture. You will have to squish the panko crumbs around the balls for full coverage.
  8. In a deep pan (we used our Dutch oven), pour enough oil to cover balls. Heat oil to 350ยบ (using a candy thermometer to check temperature.)
  9. Fry the balls until golden brown and cooked through, approximately 5 minutes. CHECK! The 5 minutes is purely an estimate. Do not allow any pink left in the balls. Cheese will be melty.
  10. Serve with pasta and sauce. (Spaghetti noodles with marinara or pasta Alfredo makes a good compliment to these.)

Other details:

  • Makes about a dozen balls.
  • Nutrition Facts are per ball.


  1. sounds like a good idea with leftover turkey

    1. That is a great idea! I will definitely suggest it.