Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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From: EatingWell.com, February 2017

Turn classic chicken parm into meatballs with this easy load-and-go appetizer recipe with a cheesy surprise inside. Making meatballs for a party? Switch your crock pot to warm for serving all party long.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • Sauce
  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • ½ medium onion, grated
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup fine dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 30 pearl-size fresh mozzarella balls

Preparation

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  1. To prepare sauce: Combine tomatoes, onion, wine, garlic, basil, oregano and salt in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. To prepare meatballs: Combine ground chicken (or turkey), egg, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Pat 1 tablespoon of the seasoned meat into a disk and place a mozzarella ball in the center. Wrap the meat around the cheese and roll into a ball. Repeat with the remaining meat and cheese. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 hours.
  • Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker
  • Tip: Don't toss your stale bread! Make your own breadcrumbs. Trim off any tough crusts and tear or cut the bread into pieces. Process in a food processor until coarse or fine crumbs form. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use right away or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Thaw before using.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 meatballs & ¼ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 163 calories; 7 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 69 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 800 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 113 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 277 mg sodium; 506 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 lean protein, 1 vegetable, ½ medium-fat protein

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