Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs Recipe - Skillful Cook
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Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs

10 reviews / 4.6 average

What's versatile, and high protein, and easy to make, and strangely good to eat, bite by bite, as a little snack?

BAKED CHICKEN MEATBALLS!

Bonus points when they are Freezer Meal Baked Chicken Meatballs... which just means that you are a boss and you've mastered the art of being prepared for those crazy weeknight dinners.

These Freezer Meal Baked Chicken Meatballs are salty, one-bowl, no-cutting-board, just the right amount of crispy, and very, very low maintenance.

How To Make Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs

So step one is obviously just mix everything up and roll it into balls. This will be the most time-intensive part of the process (and even then, it probably won't take you more than 15 minutes).

Chicken meatballs on a sheet pan ready to be cooked.

At this point, you can decide: do I want to bake them first? Or freeze them and bake them later?

Personally, I like to bake them first. I just pop em in the oven, get em all nice and browned, and then I have a bag of ready-to-go meatballs sitting in the freezer, ready to make dinner in a flash.

Chicken meatballs in a sealed plastic bag.

Final step is the best one: figuring out how to serve them!

Ideas: meatball sandwiches, baked cheesy pastas with meatballs, barbecue meatballs, buffalo meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower... you get the idea.

A bowl with pasta and meatballs.
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A bowl with pasta and meatballs.

Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs


  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

These Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs are the BEST! The perfect addition to any meal or to eat right on their own. Bonus: they're meal-prep friendly to stock up in the freezer throughout the week!


Ingredients

Scale

MIX AND ROLL:

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

BAKE: From frozen and raw, bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. From frozen and cooked, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

You can also bake them first (400 degrees, 20 minutes) so that you can keep them in the freezer fully cooked and ready to go.

FINAL STEP:  Serve with literally anything – personal fave includes some kind of pasta, red sauce, and a salad.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: freezer meal chicken meatballs, freezer meal meatballs, chicken meatballs

View original recipe here.

You might also like our freezer meals post.

Frozen meals stored in bags.

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26 Comments

  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hi! Excited to try these! Question… If you bake them before you freeze them, what’s the best way to heat them up from frozen? Thank you!!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hello! Any suggestions of substitutes I could use for the breadcrumbs that are wheat-free?

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This recipe has saved me from store bought pre-cooked meatballs (I’m looking at you al fresco). I found I was relying on them too much for work lunches and dinners and wanted a healthier homemade substitute. These have entered my normal rotation. I made them the first time as is and they were great – very crunch and garlicky. The second time I made these I halved the onion and garlic for a more subtle meatball. I like to have the option to throw them into any variety of food afterwards from asian to italian so I liked having a lil less flavor. I also baked mine at 375 for 20 minutes for a softer texture. These guys are awesome. So change your temperature / cook time based on your desired level of crunchiness. I can’t wait to explore adding flavor add ins into these. I’m going to try pineapple teriyaki next I think!

    Thanks Lindsay!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    This recipe has saved me from store bought pre-cooked meatballs (I’m looking at you al fresco). I found I was relying on them too much for work lunches and dinners and wanted a healthier homemade substitute.

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    . I like to have the option to throw them into any variety of food afterwards from asian to italian so I liked having a lil less flavor. I also baked mine at 375 for 20 minutes for a softer texture. These guys are awesome. So change your temperature / cook time based on your desired level of crunchiness. I can’t wait to explore adding flavor add ins into these. I’m going to try pineapple teriyaki next I think!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hey, i wonder if i still can freeze the meatballs if i cook them on the stove (not in the oven)?

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yep…delicious! I always hesitate to use ground chicken because of the mysterious added “natural flavoring” but this recipe masks it. A keeper. I did sub 1/2 tsp garlic salt for the powder and salt with a good result.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Accidentally missed adding the egg and did seasoned breadcrumbs because that was what I had, so delicious! My whole family enjoyed them. Will definitely make again.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I excluded the egg as I’m making these for my 11 month old daughter. Using organic plain yogurt instead and added spinach. Perfect for lunch, dinner or snack meal prep! Love this recipe !

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    These meatballs are amazing !! They are so easy to make and versatile for many meals. I make a bunch so I can definitely freeze. I have a son who is T1 diabetic & the carbs and protein make for a diabetic friendly meal for him .

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    Personally found those meatball super dry. I love some of your recipes but this one did not work well!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    These meatballs are quick to make and so delicious! I used them in the chicken meatballs with peppers and orzo from this site. We will definitely be having this often.

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    YES— I made them with chicken and used almond flour as I didn’t have Panko. Delicious!

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    These come together so quickly they make for a really fast and tasty meal even when you aren’t in the mood to make a full meal

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hi there. I am living in New Zealand where ground chicken is not a thing. Could I sub pork mince or beef mince for the ground chicken? Or will those be too fatty to use in this recipe (mince is about 18% fat in New Zealand).