Cheesy chicken meatballs are so juicy and full of flavor! They are easy to make with just a few basic ingredients, easy to bake in the oven and can be served as an appetizer or for a family dinner!
A quick recap of what I did this weekend before my big announcement.
- Had the kids on my own while husband was out of town.
- Took kids to my parents house to spend the night so I could get a break. 👍
- Slept in on Sunday and lounged in bed, working and reading, while my parents had the kids.
- Walked the 4 miles to my parents house (and later had them drive us home) cause I wanted to clear my head a bit. Glorious day for a long walk!
It was pretty lovely all in all. And as for the announcement...
My birthday is coming up later this week. I'm turning thirty-five. That’s big.
When I was younger, I remember feeling like 35 was a dividing line. You were officially a grown-up. You were into full adulthood. You were halfway to 70 after all.
And now that I’m here? I don’t feel all that grown-up. 😜
But really, I kinda like getting older. I’m more comfortable with me and I care a little less if everyone else is.
Sure, I still have LOTS of growing, lots of learning, lots of exploring to do. But that’s just it. I’m excited for what the next 35 years have in store and the experiences those will bring.
And I have to say, I may have my mom to thank for this attitude on aging. She’s one of those women who have aged with total grace and poise and class. And beauty - that surely helps too 😉 Please let me follow in her footsteps. 🙏
But on to the food. These cheesy chicken meatballs, in particular.
I’m a meatball lover through and through.
Not true when I was a kid. A big ball of meat did not seem appetizing in any way. I also didn’t like spaghetti unless my mom made it (which is similar to how I make my spaghetti dinner today).
But now I’m all about the meatballs! I have my basic baked turkey meatballs that I like to have on hand in the freezer at all times for a fast and easy dinner.
I also love trying all kinds of different flavors. Beyond the basics. Beyond Italian. Bring on the craziness in meatball town.
(Check out these Caprese meatballs for a light and flavorful twist; they have a little mini mozzarella ball tucked into each one!)
These cheesy chicken meatballs are only a little crazy, admittedly. I’m trying to slowly lure you in with me. We’ll go all wild meatball mania in due time.
Today, though, it’s all about the cheddar-chicken combo and a super cheesy, savory, flavorful and delicious meatball. And they are super easy to make using ground chicken from the store. (Which I love having on hand. We also use it to make easy chicken pad Thai. So yummy!)
I prefer them dipped in BBQ sauce. My kids would rather have ketchup. Either way, these are a total hit around here.
Serving ideas for cheesy chicken meatballs:
- Make them an appetizer and offer up toothpicks or skewers. Have dipping sauces at the ready. Perfect for game day eats!
- Serve them over mashed potatoes or creamy polenta and drizzle with BBQ sauce.
- Load up a hoagie or sub sandwich with these healthy chicken meatballs and some sauce. Feast!
- Or just have them with your regular spaghetti and marinara sauce.
Definitely make the entire batch, too. (Or possibly double it!) These meatballs freeze beautifully and you’ll be happy to have them on hand.
Hope you give them a try and enjoy!
Psst... check out my VIDEO to see how easy these are to make!
Cheesy chicken meatballs
Cheesy baked chicken meatballs are easy to make and great as an appetizer or dinner!
- 1 lb. ground chicken (I use breast meat)
- ¼ cup onion, finely diced (or grated)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- For serving: BBQ sauce or ketchup, warmed, if desired
- Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- Roll the meatballs into small balls - about the size of a golf ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 for 20-24 minutes, until cooked through. (Exact time will depend on the size of your meatballs.)
- Serve warm with BBQ sauce or ketchup, for dipping, if desired.
These meatballs freeze great! Store the extra baked meatballs in a freezer plastic bag for up to 6 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then warm through in the microwave for a minute. Or wrap in foil and warm in the oven, on low, for 10-15 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking
I love your positivity! And that you don't feel all that grown up - so I know I don't have to grow up, either 😉
One of my favourite things to make is those mini meatballs, and this variety looks so good! Anything with cheese is riiiight up my alley.
Have a great week!
Thanks Vivian! Cheers to not growing up - at least not all the way! And yes, the cheese really takes these to the next level 😉
These look incredible and something my whole family will love
They are family-friendly for sure!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Well HAPPY early birthday!! If it's any consolation on the feeling grown up thing, I don't feel grown up at all! I was just telling my husband last night, "do you ever look around and wonder how we got here? Like, HOW in the world are we old? Where did life go? I don't feel 33. I feel 18 and like I still don't have my shhh together." Lol. BUT I have a feeling you have all your *stuff* together, Kathryn! I mean you have a BEAUTIFUL family and so much to be proud of and thankful for! I bet 35 is going to treat you marvelously!! Now on to meat-a-ball-ahh-ss! I can't believe you didn't like them growing up!! But at least you like them now! These are FAB! I mean CHEESY chicken meatballs? Yes please! These would make a wonderful appetizer or a perfect dinner! Pinned! Cheers, dear!
Thanks so much girl! 😉 I have no idea how I got here, but it's been a fun ride so far and yes, so many things to be thankful for, so I'll see where this crazy life takes me next!
We joke all the time in my family about how we could not live without chicken - we all love it so much. Can't wait to make these delicious meatballs for my family!
Agree!! We eat a TON of chicken!!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
Sounds like you had a really nice weekend!! And happy early birthday, my friend! I'm not too much older than you and I still feel young. I definitely don't mind getting older....after all age is just a #. I still feel a lot younger most times than my age. So, I'm totally with ya! It's so nice being comfortable with who you are in your own skin, isn't it? Now, onto these meatballs 🙂 These sound delicious and have so many uses! I love that you used chicken, too, so they are a little healthier (or a lot healthier) than your typically meatball. Pinned, of course, and I'm sure they will make an appearance on our dinner table soon! Hope your Monday is going great! xoxo
We'll always stay young at heart, right?! Have a fabulous week my friend! XO
This sounds SO good to my pregnant self right now!! Seriously YUM!
Wish I could bring you some Laura! But make a batch when you get a chance and stick them in the freezer for one of those pregnancy days when you DON'T feel like cooking but everyone still expects to eat 😉
Ooh, these meatballs plus BBQ sauce sounds like perfection! What a great meal for the chilly nights we've been having. I hope you have/had a wonderful birthday!
The BBQ sauce pairing is the BEST! And aww, thank you - I'm having an awesome birthday week!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
What a fun idea and easier way to feed a crowd!
They definitely are Meg! Super easy to prep and great for a get-together!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
Those seasonings sound good!
I made these for dinner for my family of 5 tonight and we all loved them! These will be going into the regular meal rotation. Thanks for another great recipe, Kathryn!
Yay, I'm so glad to hear you all loved these meatballs Erin! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊
These were yummy! I made them last night, and bc I'm GF, i used crushed tortilla chips and some oat bran instead of bread crumbs. They came out with a bit of a Mexican flare, which was fun! Thanks for posting this:)
I'm so glad to hear you loved these Carissa! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for your notes on making them gluten-free -- I'm sure that will be useful for other readers! 😊
Can we steam the meatballs as I don't have oven
Can we steam the meatballs as I don't have oven
I haven't done it this way but I think you could cook these on a stovetop. Just add oil to your pan over medium heat and keep rotating the meatballs until they are cooked through. (Use a digital thermometer or split one in half to check.) Would love to hear if you try it!
These were delicious I made them with rice and bbq sauce for dipping!!
I'm so happy to hear you loved them Kristina - thanks so much for sharing! 😊
So I booked my chicken the night before, then shredded and ground today. I formed the meatballs and cooked. Was your chicken raw before going in the oven? Mine came out dry, but good flavor. Wondering if it’s because the chicken was already cooked?
Hi Leah - yes, the ground chicken should be raw, not cooked. I buy a package of raw ground chicken (just like you would ground turkey or ground beef) at the store. But if your store doesn't have it, you can grind up raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a food processor to break it down into small pieces before continuing with the recipe. Hope that helps - and hope you try it again!
Thank you I will give it another go for sure!
We love these!! We dip them is steak sauce!! And serve with cheeey veggie rice!!
I'm so happy to hear that Annie! Love the steak sauce idea - yum!
What if I wanted to serve these at a pot luck?? What would you suggest??
Hi Annie, first, I suggest you double the recipe. 😉 If you are asking about keeping them warm though, I'd see if it's possible to use their oven. In that case, you can par-bake them at home (for 15 minutes) and then finish them off for about 8-10 minutes at the host's house. If not, bake them right before you leave and put them in one of those large insulated containers to keep them warm until you are able to set them out at the party. Hope that helps!
Donna Ann Martucci
This was a very easy recipe to make. I made the meatballs 1 inch. It made 65 meatballs. I think it made 4 for 1 serving.
Donna Ann Martucci
These are fantastic. I will definitely make them again. They are perfect for my eating program. It fits in nicely.
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed them Donna! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊
Was browsing thru the recipes, and thought I'd mention that I just nade a batch of cream cheese chicken meatballs - with nutmeg & black pepper, fresh coriander for seasoning. An Indianized version?
Yum! That sounds delicious!