skillet chicken parmesan meatballs

an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win!skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

say hello to my little friends.

lolololololz you guys, omg i am sorry but that one never gets old.

idk why i love dad jokes so much, but they are just so satisfying. & apparently my love for dad jokes is well-known, because a few weeks back a girlfriend posted this video on my fb wall. a dad joke-off! omg DEAD. 

q: what did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? a: SUPPLIES!

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i had a dream last night that i was a mufflerโ€ฆi woke up exhausted.

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q: whatโ€™s forest gumpโ€™s password? a: 1forest1

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OMG I CANโ€™T EVEN.

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DEAD.

itโ€™s too good. too good. so. many. gems.

& i swear to you, the guy on the right isnโ€™t even human. how anyone could make it through that dad joke-off without cracking a laugh is beyond me. seriously.

if you love dad jokes,puhhhhLEEEZE leave your favorite one in the comments section below. itโ€™ll make my day. please, please, please. just do it.

in other news, i have the most delicious weeknight-friendly-slash-game-day-amazing-slash-gooey-cheesy-comfort-food meal for you today: skillet chicken parmesan meatballs.skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

yes & yes.`

i’ve been having a moment with reimagining the classics lately, & these skillet chicken parmesan meatballs do not disappoint. they are everything you love about meatballs (browned & delicious on the outside, so soft & tender on the inside) & everything you love about chicken parmesan (golden brown crispiness covered in ooey-gooey cheesy goodness) ALL IN ONE. 

browned, tender, crispy, ooey-gooey, cheesy.

yes, yes, yes!skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

the best part? they come along with the easiest homemade tomato sauce ever & everything gets cooked up in one skillet. 

hells to the yes. weeknight dinners do not get any easier (or more delicious!) than that.

these skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are perfect for:skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack
  • a weeknight dinner. i promise! they look SO fancy that i know it seems SO unachievable for a weeknight dinner, but a little bit of meal prep goes a loooong way when it comes to getting skillet chicken parmesan meatballs on the table in less than 30 minutes on a weeknight. the main shortcut comes in rolling out the meatballs in advance. it’s a 15-minute task to add to your meal prep sunday list (or to knock out whenever you have time), but it means that once you’re ready to make dinner all you have to do is fire up your stove & get cooking. weeknight cooking honestly does not get easier than that!
  • game day shenanigans. iโ€™m so obsessed with serving skillet treats at game day parties because a) game day entertaining does not get any easier than setting down a skillet in the middle of the table & letting everyone dig in, & b) the skillet retains heat so well that even after it’s been sitting out for a while, the meatballs will still be served warm. plus, the ooey-gooey cheese situation happening with these skillet chicken parmesan meatballs is PERFECT for game day. yes. please. 
  • cozy fall date nights. some of my favorite date nights with chris are the nights we stay in & get cozy in our living room with netflix & dinner. we like sit on the floor at our coffee table & eat dinner together while we watch a movie. skillet dinners are perfect for these little picnics, & the fact that these skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are comforting & healthy is a double bonus. 
  • eating straight out of the skillet while standing at the stove. yeahhh, we’re not even get into that one. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‰

skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

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soโ€ฆtell me! what’s your go-to weeknight dinner? are you obsessed with chicken parmesan? & most importantly…what’s your favorite dad joke? let me know in the comments below…i’d obviously LOVE to chat! xo

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skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win!

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  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 small yellow onions (one halved, one diced)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg (preferably at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup seasoned (Italian) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 15-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup crushed tomato (or plain tomato sauce)
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese
  • salt & ground black pepper, to season
  • for serving: slider buns, chopped fresh basil, grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Prepare the meatballs

  1. Grate the onion: Using a cheese grater, take the halved yellow onion & run it down the sides of the grater, grating the onion. Once the onion is grated, wrap it in a cheesecloth or a bunch of paper towels and squeeze out the excess water over the bowl. The resulting onion should appear finely shredded & only slightly moist to the touch.
  2. Mix the meatballs: To a large bowl, add the grated onion, chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, oregano, red chili flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper. Use your hands to mix, bringing the meatball mixture together. Be careful to avoid over-mixing the meatballs (that’s what makes them tough!). Mix until the mixture is just combined & not any more!
  3. Roll out 12 golf ball-sized meatballs and set aside.

Cook the meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and preheat a cast-iron skillet (or any other heavy-bottomed, oven-safe pan) over medium heat.
  2. Brown the meatballs: Once the skillet is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to the skillet & add in the meatballs. Leave enough space around each of the meatballs to avoid steaming; you may need to cook the meatballs in batches to avoid overcrowding. Cook until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side (8-10 minutes total). Transfer the meatballs to a plate and set aside while you make the tomato sauce.
  3. Cook the aromatics: Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet. Add the diced onion and season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring often, until soft & translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring often, before adding in the tomato paste. Stir to coat the onions and garlic with the tomato paste & cook until the tomato paste is fragrant and brown, about 2 minutes.
  4. Make the tomato sauce: Deglaze the skillet with the white wine, using a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring the heat to high and add in the fire roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add additional crushed red chili flake, if desired, to give the sauce a little bit of heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce is reduced just slightly.
  5. Bake the meatballs: Place the meatballs back into the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Transfer the skillet into the oven & bake for 8 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven & cover each with provolone cheese. Return to the oven for another 2 minutes, or enough time to just allow the cheese to melt.
  6. Serve with slider buns or crusty, toasted bread. Enjoy!

Notes

Meal prep tip! Prepare your meatballs in advance & store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3
  • Trans Fat: 0
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skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

skillet chicken parmesan meatballs are an easy & healthy weeknight skillet dinner that easily doubles as the perfect game day treat. the best tender chicken meatballs are seared cooked in a quick homemade tomato sauce & covered in melty provolone cheese. one-pan weeknight dinner for the win! #playswellwithbutter #chickenparmesan #chickenmeatballs #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #gamedaysnack

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