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chicken parm meatballs

Chicken Parm Meatballs with Hot Honey

Secret ingredient chicken meatballs are smothered with rich sauce and cheese and drizzled with a surprising twist - hot honey.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


Hot Honey

  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup finely grated onion (about half an onion)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup finely grated zucchini (1 small zucchini), liquid squeezed out
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • cup marinara sauce, plus more for plating
  • cup shredded mozzarella
  • cup shredded parmesan


Hot Honey

  • Add honey to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer on low heat.
  • Add the jalapeños and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, let stand for another 10 minutes, and strain out jalapeños.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together chicken, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, egg, zucchini, salt, and pepper.
  • Using wet hands, form chicken mixture into balls, about an inch and a half each in size. 
  • Place meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. You should have about 21 balls.
  • Bake meatballs for 6 minutes. Remove from oven, then distribute the marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese on top of each meatball. Place meatballs back in oven for another 7-9 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Plate meatballs with additional marinara sauce (if desired), drizzle with hot honey, and serve!


  • You will likely have hot honey left over. I store mine in the fridge and enjoy it over pizza, roasted vegetables, yogurt, etc.
  • If you like things extra spicy, feel free to use 3 jalapeños in the hot honey.
Keyword chicken parmesan, meatballs