Tired of the turkey meatball? Try this Parmesan-infused chicken meatball instead! The switch in protein and the addition of cheese helps make this an instant Italian-inspired favorite. It’s the classic, chicken parm you adore packed into a bite size morsel. Try buying a whole wheat or grain noodle to round out this dish, and be prepared for everyone to ask for seconds!
Skinny Chicken Parm Meatballs

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving size: 2 meatballs


  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • ½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ½ cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ½ Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • *Add whole wheat pasta, extra marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese for the rest of the dish. Ingredients listed above are only for the meatballs.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet or baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix ground chicken, whole wheat breadcrumbs, egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, chopped parsley, minced garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and lemon zest with your hands.
  4. Form mixture into 12 equal size meatballs.
  5. Place meatballs evenly on cookie sheet. Top each meatball with 1 Tbsp marinara sauce.
  6. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes until ground chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve meatballs with whole wheat pasta, additional marinara sauce, and top with mozzarella cheese.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (2 meatballs):

Calories: 205

Fat: 6g

Carbohydrates: 11g

Fiber: 1g

Protein: 23g

Sugars: 2g

Sodium: 521mg

Vitamin A: 3%

Vitamin C: 6%

Calcium: 12%

Iron: 12%

WWP+: 5 points