Chicken Meatballs
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Chicken Meatballs



When I first made these for Kenya, he wasn't quite sure what to make of them. Was he supposed to play with them, eat them, toss them on the ground (usually all of the above when it comes to babies and their food). At 11 months, he was just getting introduced to foods HE can hold and put in his mouth.
The second time he tried them, I also offered them to his friend Mateo who was totally into the culinary treat. He popped them in his mouth life cheerios. Next thing you knew we were all eating them, grown ups included. I may even serve them for my next dinner party on an appetizer tray.

Chicken Meatballs  (makes 30 1/2-inch meatballs)

  • Prep Time: 1 hrs,
  • Cook Time: 5 mins,
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When I first made these for Kenya, he wasn't quite sure what to make of them. Was he supposed to play with them, eat them, toss them on the ground (usually all of the above when it comes to babies and their food). At 11 months, he was just getting...


  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/3 cup baby oatmeal cereal*
  • 1 ounce chedder, colby or parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil and oregano
  • olive oil, for pan frying
  • *you can also use plain breadcrumbs instead of baby oatmeal cereal.


  1. 1. In a bowl mix all ingredients until combined.
  2. 2. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
  3. 3. Roll small meatballs and place on a parchment lined plate.
  4. 4. In a sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  5. 5. Pan sear meatballs until just golden, about 5 minutes, turning once or twice.
  6. 6. Cool on a paper towel lined plate and serve.
  7. To Freeze: After step 3, place raw meatballs in the freezer and freeze for 1 hour. Remove and place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours and follow steps 4-6.
Chicken Meatballs

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  1. Margret

    February 2, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Trying to make these, but the list of ingredients does not show up on the page…. Am I missing something?

    • robert

      February 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Got it fixed now. Ingredients should show up now.

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  3. Melanie

    August 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Has anybody tried this and not let the meatballs sit in refrigerator for an hour before cooking?

  4. nyca5124

    July 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I wish my food came out as pretty as your pics : ) I think I had the skillet too hot, they browned quickly but I had to finish them in the oven. Regardless of my mistakes, my son loved these meatballs. I’m glad that he left leftovers, and I will definitely make this again. Oh. I forgot to say I added shredded zucchini and an Italian spice blend.

  5. Micaela

    April 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Any suggestions on baking instead of frying?

    • Aneta

      May 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I boiled mine in a pot of water.

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  7. angelajo

    December 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    How could I replace the egg yolk in this? Egg replacer I don’t htink would work.

    • catherine

      December 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      The egg helps to sort of “glue” everything together so I think the ground flax + water egg substitute would probably be the best option!

  8. Kristin

    October 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    We like to have some things like this on hand for quick lunches. Would it work to bake them and then freeze them (heating them for a few seconds in the microwave when needed)?

    • catherine

      October 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      I think that would work! They might be slightly rubbery after reheating them in the microwave, but I think freezing them after cooking would be okay.

  9. Teresa

    September 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I grated in some zucchini for some veggie content plus just a pinch of salt and they turned out great!!!

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  11. Beth

    September 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I made these with parmesan cheese and the flavor was delicious! However, I doubled the recipe so I used 4 TB of oil in the meat mixture and they turned out kind of greasy. Are the 2 TB oil supposed to go in the meat? Thanks!

    • catherine

      September 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      The oil is for when you’re cooking them in the pan!

      • Teresa

        September 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        I believe people are confused because the recipe calls for 2 tbsp of olive oil, but the instruction only mentions 1 tbsp to be used in the frying process, so they are thinking the rest of the oil goes in the mix. I made these without any oil at all in the mix, and I baked them covered with foil for 20 min on a silcon mat in the oven. They turned out perfectly and no need for oil!

        • catherine

          September 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

          Nice! And thank you, I’ve updated the recipe!

  12. Karen

    August 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    These meatballs are delicious! My 11 month old is a picky eater these days and she gobbled up 3 of them no problem. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Nic

    December 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I have tried this recipe twice. The first time it came out great! My kids gobbled them up, but the second round I didn’t have as good of luck. The stuck to the pan and kept falling apart:-(

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  15. CET

    May 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    These were yummy,I pan fried them and also baked some,they were better pan fried…thanks for the recipe,my baby oved them also!

  16. Lilit

    May 6, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Hi. The recipe asks for 2 tbs of olive oil. But only 1tbs is used for frying. Does the second one suppose to be added to the chicken mixture?

    • Maura

      August 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I believe the 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil are added to the meatball mix. The 1 tablespoon used to brown them is in addition to what the recipe calls for.

  17. photogal

    May 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I used ground turkey and put some onions and garlic.

  18. Gray

    March 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Also, my child has a milk protein allergy and I made the meatballs with soy cheese. The cheese melted really well and tasted great in this recipe.

  19. Gray

    March 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I made these meatballs with ground turkey and baked them as you suggested (350 covered for 20min). Delicious! My month old loved them!

  20. Lisa

    November 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    What do you typically serve these with? They look delicious. We might give them a try this week. Thanks for the recipe!

    • catherine

      November 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      Spaghetti and sauce :) with some roasted veggies or salad

  21. Candace

    November 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Have you tried these with ground turkey? Ground chicken is hard to find where I live :(

    • catherine

      November 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      I’m sure they would work great with ground turkey! let me know how they taste :)

  22. Gina

    September 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Can I substitute bread crumbs or something else for the baby oatmeal cereal? My toddlers are 2 years old so we no longer purchase baby oatmeal cereal.

    • catherine

      September 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      You can use bread crumbs :)

  23. Tara

    July 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Can these be baked? I made these once already and my 8 month old LOVES them!

    • catherine

      July 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      They can definitely be baked!! So easy and healthy! Put in an oven at 350 for 20 minutes having the meatballs covered with foil.