Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – Gluten Free Pillowy chicken meatballs stuffed with a mozzarella ball, browned in olive oil, and simmered in a rich marinara sauce. How can that be bad?

chicken parmesan meatballs in a cast iron skillet with marinara

I’m a huge fan of chicken parmesan.  I’m also a huge fan of meatballs.  Put them all together and you have Chicken Parmesan Meatballs… badabum!

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I’ve come to realize that my website needs more meatballs of all different flavors.  I only have one other meatball recipe and that is my Gluten Free Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce.  They are scrumdiddlyumptious!

This chicken parmesan meatball recipe is adapted from a recipe I found on  Isn’t she the cutest?  Her recipe contains breadcrumbs and flour, but I wanted to make it a little more low carb friendly.

For these chicken parmesan meatballs, I first mixed my ground chicken with the seasonings, parmesan, almond flour, and eggs.  The mixture will be quite moist.

I scooped up about 2 tablespoons worth of the chicken mixture into my hand and flattened it out.  Then I put a mozzarella ball right in the center and completely covered the mozzarella ball with the meatball mixture.  It was easy peasy!


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I got all of my meatballs made and then I heated 1/2 cup of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  In batches, I browned the meatballs on all sides.  After each batch was browned, I pulled them from the skillet onto a plate.


meatballs browning in a cast iron skillet

After they were all browned, I removed all of the meatballs from the skillet, leaving the remaining olive oil.  I then poured the marinara sauce into the skillet and whisked it all together.

I then add the meatballs back to the skillet and put it in a 350F oven for 15 minutes.

My favorite marinara sauce used to be Rao’s but the price can be quite shocking.  I have been researching every marinara label I come across at the grocery store and I finally found one that is almost as low in carbs as Rao’s.  My new favorite is Mezzetta!

Just to compare, Rao’s is $8 with 3 net carbs per serving and Mezzetta is $4.88 with 4 net carbs per serving.  Both jars are 24 ounces.

I really don’t think 1 less carb is worth paying almost double the price!  Some might disagree.


chicken parmesan meatballs in a skillet with marinara


After I removed the skillet from the oven, I garnished with fresh basil.  I have some picky kids and they loved these meatballs!

I served theirs with Dreamfields spaghetti and I had mine with steamed green beans.  I talk about using green beans as a pasta substitute in my post on 5 Low Carb Substitutes for Pasta!

chicken parmesan meatballs in a cast iron skillet with marinara

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs - Gluten Free

Pillowy chicken meatballs stuffed with a mozzarella ball, browned in olive oil, and simmered in a rich marinara sauce.  The meatballs use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs to make them gluten free!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 378kcal


  • 1.25 pounds Ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Grated parmesan
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried parsley
  • 12-15 Mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1 Jar marinara sauce
  • Basil leaves for garnish


  • With your hands, combine the ground chicken, almond flour, parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, and parsley in a large bowl.  
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of the mixture and flatten it in your hand.  Place a mozzarella ball in the center and bring the meatball mixture up around to completely enclose the meatball.  Roll it to make a uniform ball shape.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Heat a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Once the oil is hot, add half of the meatballs and brown on all sides.  Remove to a plate and add the remaining meatballs to the skillet to brown.  
  • Remove all meatballs from the skillet and pour in to marinara sauce.  Whisk to combine the marinara sauce with the remaining olive oil.  Add the meatballs on top of the marinara sauce and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and garnish with torn basil leaves and parmesan if desired.  Serve with zucchini pasta.


  1. To use these as an appetizer, bake the meatballs without the marinara.  Serve with toothpicks and the marinara on the side.  
  2. If you are having problems finding ground chicken, ground turkey is fine.
  3. Instead of the mozzarella balls, you could cut a mozzarella cheese stick into 1 inch pieces.  


Calories: 378kcal
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  1. Reply

    I literally just saw a baked spaghetti recipe and now this awesome meatball recipe and now I’m headed to the store to make both tonight! Yum!

  2. Reply

    These look awesome! I love a good meatball and I think the texture of the ground meat would be a lovely swap for the traditional chicken breast. In fact, I know I would like it much better!

    • Ginny
    • December 13, 2017

    So great to have this gluten free option. Looks like a meal the family would love.

    • Traci
    • December 13, 2017

    These look super scrumptious! And so easy…I’m bookmarking and sharing this recipe fo sho!!! Thanks for posting 🙂

  3. Reply

    I love this idea so much! We’ve tried something like this before. So good!

    • Mark
    • December 12, 2017

    Having a holiday party this upcoming weekend and i am so making these. Thanks!!! I’ll take pics

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