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.

Devon O'Brien
Source: EatingWell.com, February 2017


Recipe Summary

30 mins
3 hrs 30 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare sauce: Combine tomatoes, onion, wine, garlic, basil, oregano and salt in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

163 calories; protein 13.7g; carbohydrates 7.4g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 3.1g; fat 7.4g; saturated fat 3.1g; cholesterol 69.2mg; vitamin a iu 800.2IU; vitamin c 5.3mg; folate 6.5mcg; calcium 113.4mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 17mg; potassium 505.8mg; sodium 277.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Absolutely delicious! Easy to make and 2 year said she loved it. couldn't find the pearl size mozz balls so I just used some bigger ones and cut them in half. They were also marinated in olive oil and some other spices but it turned out just fine. thank you for the recipe. Will make again! Read More