Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Recipe Courtesy of EatingWell and Devon O’Brien

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.

Courtesy of Pinterest and EatingWell


  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • ½ medium onion, grated
  • ¼ cup dry red wine 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup fine dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip) 
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 30 eaches pearl-size fresh mozzarella balls

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  • Step 1To prepare sauce: Combine tomatoes, onion, wine, garlic, basil, oregano and salt in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Step 2To 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.
  • Step 3Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 hours.


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