A dinner for two that is delicious and reminiscent of the meal my family enjoys on Christmas day. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two is perfect for a small holiday gathering.

 

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

It’s the time of year when all the planning and prepping for holiday celebrations occurs. We are still figuring out details in my family, but the gathering will be much smaller than previous years, so I wanted to make a meal for two that was special enough to celebrate the season. We always enjoy lasagna on Christmas day, so in my mind a holiday meal needs to be filled with those Italian seasonings and flavors.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two are a great way to pack in the taste of mom’s lasagna without having a giant pan full and leftovers for weeks. I can also say this recipe is officially kid approved! I made a batch without added salt for Marie and she absolutely loved them 🙂

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two Nutrition

  • This recipe is naturally gluten free if you use gluten free oats to make the oat flour, making it a great option for many people to enjoy.
  • Instead of using traditional bread crumbs in the meatballs, I ground up whole grain oats to make oat flour. Oats are a great source of fiber and many other nutrients.
  • The small meatballs make these great for portion control, while I have the recipe listed as a meal these would also make a yummy appetizer. Increase the amount of sauce they are simmered in and serve with a side of toothpicks so you can enjoy one at a time.
  • Any pasta works when serving these meatballs. Spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, bean pasta, whole grain pasta, and traditional pasta all taste delicious with this recipe. (affiliate links)
  • This recipe has not been tested for FODMAP content, but if you use a low FODMAP marinara sauce like FODY Foods, or Rao’s Sensitive Marinara Sauce as well as a low FODMAP pasta option (many gluten free options work here as well as spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles), this is a great low FODMAP meal. (affiliate links)

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two Tips

  • This recipe tastes best when enjoyed right away, but you could easily store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Make sure to wet your hands prior to rolling the meatballs to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  • The BelGioioso Fresh Mozarella Pearls are the perfect size for stuffing into these meatballs.
  • Serving these meatballs with a fresh salad or green beans tastes amazing.
  • To make your own oat flour, simply blend the same amount of oats in a food processor until they are the consistency of flour.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two | Tara Rochford Nutrition #chickenrecipe #healthydinner

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two


  • Author: Tara Deal Rochford
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A dinner for two that is delicious and reminiscent of the meal my family enjoys on Christmas day. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for Two is perfect for a small holiday gathering.


Ingredients

Scale

½ lb ground chicken

2 TB ground oats

¼ cup grated parmesan 

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

1012 small mozzarella balls

½ jar of your favorite marinara sauce (for low FODMAP use FODY Foods Marinara or Rao’s Sensitive Marinara Sauce)


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, oats, parmesan, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined.

Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spritz with cooking spray. Form the ground chicken mixture into about 10-12 small meatballs and place on the baking sheet. 

Place one mozzarella ball into the center of one meatball and reform the meatball around the mozzarella.

Bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes. 

Pour the sauce into a medium saucepan to warm, then place the baked meatballs in the saucepan with the sauce. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.

Serve with bean pasta, whole grain pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash and top with fresh basil.

Notes

Make sure to wet your fingers prior to rolling the meatballs to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.

For low FODMAP – serve with a gluten free pasta or spaghetti squash and use a low FODMAP sauce.

This recipe has not been tested for FODMAP content, but all ingredients are used in low FODMAP amounts.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 324.5
  • Sugar: 10.2 g
  • Sodium: 1401 mg
  • Fat: 10.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.2 g
  • Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 35.4 g

Keywords: meatballs, dinner for two, chicken parmesan, gluten free meatballs, low fodmap

 

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