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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf is a variation of the classic meatloaf dish that combines the flavors of traditional meatloaf with those of Chicken Parmesan. Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf is a versatile dish a main course, either on its own or with a side dish, such as pasta, vegetables, or a salad. You can slice and serve it in a sandwich, or even dice and added to pasta or soup.

  • Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 12 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • minced parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. To not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.
  3. Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
  4. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Notes

Additional Common Ingredients

There are some of the most common ingredients to make Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, and their importance to the  dish:

  1. Ground chicken: Ground chicken is the main protein in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, and it provides the bulk of the dish’s flavor and texture. The type of ground chicken you use will greatly impact the final result, and using ground chicken breast makes it have a mild flavor and leanness. You can use a combination of chicken breast and thighs for a balance of flavor and moisture.
  2. Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs are an essential ingredient in meatloaf recipes, as they help to absorb any excess moisture and provide structure to the mixture. They are also used to help bind the ingredients together, ensuring that the meatloaf holds its shape during baking. The breadcrumbs also provide a crispy exterior, adding texture to the dish.
  3. Eggs: Eggs play an important role in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, as they help to bind the ingredients together and add moisture to the mixture. This helps to prevent the meatloaf from drying out during baking, ensuring that the end result is juicy and tender.
  4. Grated parmesan cheese: Parmesan cheese is a key ingredient in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf. It provides flavor and moisture to the dish. The cheese also helps to hold the mixture together, preventing the meatloaf from falling apart during baking. The addition of parmesan cheese also gives the meatloaf a rich and savory flavor. It contemplates the taste of the ground chicken and marinara sauce.
  5. Marinara sauce: Marinara sauce is used to top the meatloaf, adding flavor and moisture to the dish. The sauce provides a layer of moisture on top of the meatloaf. The acidity of the sauce helps to balance the flavors. Also, it keeps the meatloaf from becoming too heavy. The marinara sauce also provides a delicious and tangy contrast to the cheesy and savory flavors of the meatloaf.
  6. Mozzarella cheese: Mozzarella cheese is used to top the meatloaf and create a crispy, melted cheese layer. The cheese adds flavor and texture to the dish. Its high moisture content helps to keep the meatloaf juicy and tender during baking. The melted mozzarella cheese also creates a visually appealing and delicious layer on top of the meatloaf, making it a standout dish.
  7. Salt, pepper, and dried herbs: Salt, pepper, and dried herbs are used to season the meatloaf mixture, adding flavor to the dish. The seasonings help to bring out the natural flavors of the ground chicken, cheese, and marinara sauce. It creates a well-balanced and delicious dish. Common herbs used in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf include basil, oregano, and thyme.
  8. Onion: Onion is an optional ingredient in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, but it adds flavor and moisture to the dish. Finely chop and then add the onion to the meatloaf mixture. So, its sweet and savory flavor will complement the flavors of the ground chicken, cheese, and marinara sauce.
  9. Garlic: Garlic is an optional ingredient in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, but it adds flavor to the dish. Finely chop and then add the garlic to the meatloaf mixture. Its pungent and flavorful taste will complement the other ingredients in the dish.
  10. Parmesan cheese: Parmesan cheese is an optional ingredient in Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, but it adds flavor and moisture to the dish. The cheese can be added to the meatloaf mixture, sprinkled on top of the meatloaf, or added to the marinara sauce to create a more complex and rich flavor profile. The parmesan cheese will also provide a nutty and salty flavor that will enhance the overall taste of the dish. In addition, the moisture content in the cheese will help to keep the meatloaf juicy and tender during baking.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition

  • Calories: 406 kcal
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 722 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Cholesterol: 135 mg
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