Cheesy Skillet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Looking for a saucy, cheesy, and comforting dinner? These Skillet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are the perfect choice! A delightful twist on the classic chicken Parmesan, these meatballs are baked in marinara sauce and topped with melted mozzarella. The best part? It all comes together in just one skillet. Let’s dive into the recipe!


  • 1 (24-ounce) jar of marinara sauce, such as Rao’s
  • 1 pound of ground chicken, preferably dark meat
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil or parsley leaves, for serving


  1. Start by bringing the marinara sauce to a simmer over medium heat in a 10 or 12-inch cast iron or oven-safe skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, chopped onion, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, egg, minced garlic, kosher salt, dried oregano, and black pepper. Mix lightly with a fork until just combined.
  3. Once the sauce is simmering, shape the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch wide meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each). Wet your hands with water as needed to prevent sticking, and carefully drop the meatballs into the sauce, arranging them in a single layer.
  4. Cover the skillet and let the meatballs simmer gently, flipping them over halfway through cooking. Cook for a total of 20 to 25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  5. While the meatballs are cooking, preheat the broiler and position a rack 6-inches away from the heat source.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Set this breadcrumb mixture aside.
  7. Uncover the skillet and sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the meatballs. Then, sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture and the remaining grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  8. Place the skillet under the broiler and broil uncovered until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and golden-brown. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Once done, remove the skillet from the broiler and sprinkle the chopped fresh basil or parsley leaves over the meatballs.
  10. Serve the Skillet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs hot and enjoy!

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This recipe is a weeknight-friendly option that combines the flavors of chicken Parmesan with the convenience of meatballs. It’s a crowd-pleasing dish that pairs well with a simple green salad or garlic bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

These Skillet Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are a delightful and satisfying dinner option. With their juicy chicken meatballs, flavorful marinara sauce, and gooey melted cheese, they are sure to become a family favorite. Try this recipe tonight and enjoy the fantastic flavors it brings to the table.

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