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Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs
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Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatball
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • pasta pot
  • skillet
  • sauce pot
  • colander
  • large mixing bowl
  • 9x5 baking dish

Ingredients

Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese plus some extra to finish the dish
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 mozzarella sticks – cut each stick into 8 pieces

Cooked Pasta and Red Sauce

  • 8 ounces pasta noodle of choice
  • 2 cups jarred red sauce Delallo Arrabbiata
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil drizzle on the cooked pasta to prevent it from sticking
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x5-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set it aside.

Cook the pasta:

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook your pasta according to the package. Preferably, al dente as the pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
    Drain the pasta water using a colander and set the cooked noodles aside. Be sure to drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the pasta to prevent it from sticking.
  • Over medium heat, warm your favorite red sauce in a large sauce pot over the stove. I used Delallo’s Spicy Arrabbiata sauce.
  • Once the sauce is hot, add the cooked pasta into the sauce. Toss the sauce and the pasta together until the noodles are well coated in the sauce. Reduce heat to low.

Prepare the chicken meatballs:

  • In a mixing bowl combine, your ground chicken, egg, Italian breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion, powder, and dried parsley. Blend well using your hands.
  • Take 2 mozzarella sticks and cut each stick into 6 pieces – total 12 pieces.
  • Begin to roll your chicken meatballs, placing one small piece of mozzarella in the center of each meatball. Continue rolling until all of the chicken mixture is used. I was able to get 12 medium sized meatballs.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray the skillet with non-stick cooking spray and brown your chicken meatballs on all sides. Turn frequently to prevent sticking or burning.
  • Once all of the meatballs have a light brown sear on the outside you'll assemble the dish.

Assemble the dish:

  • Next, you'll add the pasta with the sauce into the 9x5-inch preprared baking dish.
  • Nestle the browned meatballs into the pasta. Cover the dish with foil and bake the entire dish for 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Once fully cooked, remove the foil and top the meatballs with extra parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and fresh basil.
  • Serve and enjoy!