With just four simple and affordable ingredients, you can make tender Baked Chicken Meatballs to share with the kids. Bonus: You can tuck a veggie into the mix if you want to and they are perfect to batch cook and stash into the freezer!

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Baked Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs are one of the foods I grew up eating regularly and turn to as easy comfort food. I like all kinds of meatballs (and my kids do too!), and these basic, but delicious chicken meatballs are often in our meal plan. They use super simple ingredients, are easy to mix together, and are a wonderfully easy to eat texture for little kids.

TIP: I love to double this recipe and stash half of them into the freezer for a future meal. Cook once, eat twice my friends!

Meatballs for Kids

My kids are big fans of these meatballs since they’re packed with flavor AND easy to eat. With super simple and healthy ingredients, these are a favorite that I like just as much as they do. These are also a great prep food, since they freeze well and taste just as good once they’re warmed up again.

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Ingredients in Healthy Chicken Meatballs

To make this recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • ground chicken
  • Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • shredded parmesan
  • 1 egg

TIP: You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.

How to Make Chicken Meatballs Step-by-Step

I’m breaking down the steps to make these chicken meatballs here, but be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full recipe.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ingredients with clean hands.
  2. Using a tablespoon, roll together 2-tablespoon meatballs and place on baking sheet, evenly spread apart.
  3. Bake until golden brown, and serve or store!

TIP: You can make a double batch and freeze half for later.

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Freezer-Friendly Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs freeze well. Let cool fully, store in a freezer bag, and freeze them for up to 6 months. You can warm them in tomato sauce or heat them individually in the microwave in 15 second increments until warmed through.

TIP: Either thaw the meatballs in the fridge, simmer them in tomato sauce to warm, or microwave them in 15-30 second increments.

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Easy Meal Prep Meatballs

I love making these meatballs to have on hand for lunch for myself and for my toddler, especially the version with the carrots. I dice them up and store them in the fridge in a heat-safe container, then warm just briefly before serving to him. You could also pack them in a thermos to send to daycare. Above is a recent day of snacks and lunch for him (at 18 months).

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Tips for Making the Best Chicken Meatballs

  • Use store bought ground chicken to make this easy.
  • Add ½ cup shredded carrots (I prefer the thinner texture from grating them at home with a box grater) to the mix to add a veggie.
  • You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Double the recipe to make more meatballs at once.
  • Use 1 tablespoon mixture to make mini meatballs and bake for closer to 18-20 minutes.
  • Serve with Marinara sauce, Pesto, Cheese Sauce, or with a side of ketchup or any other favorite dip.
  • Dice for older babies or younger toddlers as needed.
  • Let them cool fully and you can freeze in a freezer bag for up to 6 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge, simmer in tomato sauce to warm, or warm in 15-30 second increments in the microwave.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it so please comment below. The more I hear from you, the better I can make my recipes, so I appreciate each and every comment!

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4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Meatballs

Serve with Marinara sauce, Pesto, Cheese Sauce, or with a side of ketchup or any other favorite dip. We like to have these on hand to use an easy lunch component or have them with pasta.
4.98 from 47 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Course Dinner
Calories 157kcal
Servings 8 (Makes 16 meatballs)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¾ cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup shredded carrots (optional)
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Coat with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the ingredients together with clean hands. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to measure out 2-tablespoon-size meatballs. Roll into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 24-26 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • (You can also make them smaller as 1 tablespoon balls and bake for 20-22 minutes.)
  • Serve warm or set aside to cool and freeze.

Notes

  • Use store bought ground chicken to make this easy.
  • I prefer the thinner texture from grating a whole carrot on a box grater.
  • You can omit the carrot if you prefer.
  • Double the recipe to make more meatballs at once.
  • Serve with Marinara sauce, Pesto, Cheese Sauce, or with a side of ketchup or any other favorite dip.
  • Dice for older babies or younger toddlers as needed.
  • Let them cool fully and you can freeze in a freezer bag for up to 6 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge, simmer in tomato sauce to warm, or warm in 15-30 second increments in the microwave.
  • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Dairy-free: Use vegan Parmesan cheese.
  • Egg-free: Omit the egg and add 1 tablespoon milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 2meatballs, Calories: 157kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 292mg, Potassium: 335mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 101mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Hello! I haven’t tried this recipe but really want to for my kids! Would you by chance have the temp and cook time if using an air fryer?

  2. 5 stars
    Looks great! We’re going to try this tonight. I’m wondering if these are also okay to serve cold. We haven’t used a thermos for school yet, but I use ice packs, so we can keep things cold.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely beautiful!
    I made mine into patties as my toddler isn’t into ball shaped foods (lol I know).
    I used plain breadcrumbs and seasoned with my own spices because I couldn’t find Italian breadcrumbs (Australian).
    These are super fantastic. If you made these in advance and made them into a pattie shape they would be great as a chicken burger too !

  4. 5 stars
    Such an amazing recipe! THANK YOU for making cooking easy, simple and NOT overwhelming! I’ve made this with both chicken and ground beef, and I added onions for a little extra taste. Deeeeelicious!

  5. 5 stars
    my 16mo at these right up! she’s allergic to milk & egg, so i substituted egg for non dairy milk & left out the cheese. thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    These are amazing! My 14 month old loves meatballs so I decided to give these a try. They are incredible and so easy to make! Will definitely double the batch next time to have extra in the freezer! Thanks Amy!

  7. 5 stars
    This is a simple recipe that I keep coming back to because it pleases everyone in my family! I have a chicken lover and a meatball lover, and they both love this recipe. Thank you!

  8. Need them dairy free? Use vegan Parmesan which cost twice as much as the regular stuff. Need them egg free? Use dairy. Need them egg free and dairy free, sorry you’re sol.

    1. You can use plain nondairy milk. I do actually try hard to make most of my recipes adaptable for more families, but it’s really impossible to make every one work for every kid since no kiddo is the same.

  9. 5 stars
    Super easy and SO SO GOOD! My son is 22 months old and asked for more. I’ve been looking for easy, toddler friendly recipes and so grateful I stumbled across this on Instagram. I may even try using beef next time. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this today and made a bunch of changes! Ground turkey was on sale, so I used that. We had lots of leftover cheese- Mexican blend and pizza blend, so did a mix. Added a carrot, egg, and Italian bread crumbs as called for. These were AWESOME. Such an easy and versatile recipe. Will definitely make again (differently for fun).

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