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Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

AP9967_Obrien

Turn classic chicken parm into meatballs with this easy load-and-go appetizer recipe with a cheesy surprise inside. Making meatballs for a party? Switch your crock pot to "warm" for serving all party long.

Servings

10 servings

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

3 1/2 hours

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 128-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2medium onion, grated
  • 1/4cup dry red wine
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4teaspoon salt

Meatballs

  • 1pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2cup fine dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 30pearl-size fresh mozzarella balls

Instructions

  1. To prepare sauce: Combine tomatoes, onion, wine, garlic, basil, oregano and salt in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. To prepare meatballs: Combine ground chicken (or turkey), egg, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Pat 1 tablespoon of the seasoned meat into a disk and place a mozzarella ball in the center. Wrap the meat around the cheese and roll into a ball. Repeat with the remaining meat and cheese. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 hours.

Tips

Don't toss your stale bread! Make your own breadcrumbs. Trim off any tough crusts and tear or cut the bread into pieces. Process in a food processor until coarse or fine crumbs form. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use right away or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Thaw before using.

5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 10 servings)

Calories 163kcal
Carbohydrate Total 7g
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 2g
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Mono Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 69mg
Sodium 277mg
Protein 14g
Potassium 506mg
Calcium 113mg
Folate 6mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 1mg
Zinc 1mg
Vitamin B3 3mg