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chicken parmesan meatloaf

Ground Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8


Learn how to make the best juicy chicken parmesan meatloaf with this chicken meatloaf recipe! Smothered in a flavorful tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese!


For the meatloaf:

  • Ground chicken (breasts or thighs)-2 lbs (1 kg)
  • Unsalted butter- 2 tablespoons
  • Medium onion (diced)-1
  • Garlic cloves (minced) -1 tablespoon
  • Bread crumbs- 3/4 cup
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese- 1 cup
  • Basil pesto- 1/4 cup
  • Tomato passata (marinara)-1/2 cup
  • Eggs-2
  • Paprika- 1 teaspoon
  • Italian seasoning- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and black pepper- as needed
  • Mozzarella cheese ( shredded)- 1 cup

For the sauce:

For the Topping:

  • Mozzarella cheese (sliced)- 10 ounces ( 300 g)
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese- 1/3 cup
  • Basil leaves- as needed


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Keep aside.
  • In a medium pan melt butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Then, add the garlic and cook further for 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Combine the ground chicken with cooked onion, garlic, parmesan, bread crumbs, basil pesto, tomato passata, eggs, paprika, Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt. Mix JUST until combined.
  • Place the meat mixture on tray and stretch it out to get a rectangle, about 0.5 inch (1 cm) thick. The process is similar to stretching the pizza dough.
  • Put the mozzarella cheese in the center of the meat rectangle.
  • Start to roll the meat tightly on the short end to make a log. Be sure to seal the edges to prevent the cheese from leaking.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 40 minutes in the preheated oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and pour the sauce over it, spreading with a spoon to cover. Top with mozzarella slices and grated parmesan cheese. Return back to the oven and bake further for 10-15 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes  before slicing. Garnish with basil leaves. Enjoy!

Tomato sauce:

  • Combine together tomato passata and garlic powder in a small bowl.

how to make chicken parmesan meatloaf

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 min
  • Category: Beef recipes
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: chicken parmesan, meatloaf, ground chicken recipes