Italian Chicken Meatball Bites

Our delicious Italian meatballs come together so quickly and are the perfect appetizer! Make them a bit smaller than a normal meatball and serve marinara on the side for a crowd pleasing dish!

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Italian Chicken Meatball Bites

Keyword: Easy Lunch, Gluten Free, Holiday Entertaining, Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Denise


  • 2 pounds ground chicken⁣ if available, some brands have seasoned chicken like Italian
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs⁣
  • 1 finely diced shallot
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley⁣
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino or Parmesan⁣
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced⁣
  • 1 egg whisked⁣
  • Zest of 1 lemon⁣
  • 28 oz jar favorite marinara

To Serve:

  • Fresh basil
  • Grated Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients for meatballs (ground chicken through lemon zest) in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Like a baking sheet with parchment. Use a small ice cream scoop or your hands and form meatballs. They should be roughly 3/4-1” in diameter. Line the baking sheet with meatballs.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Bake meatballs for 20-25 minutes, using tongs to turn midway through. Meatballs should have a nice light brown coloring. Ensure they are cooked through but not over cooked so they don’t dry out.
  • While meatballs are cooking, heat marinara sauce.
  • Serve meatballs on platter with marinara sauce on side for dipping. Cute toothpicks make this great for entertaining and quick bites. Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan.
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