Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

This meatball casserole recipe has all the flavors of traditional Chicken Parmesan without the mess of frying chicken! This can also be one of your go to freezer meals that your whole family will love!

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been rocking this domestic thing. Laundry, vacuuming (I just got a new vacuum and I LOVE it!), all that jazz. You guys, I even make my bed in the mornings. I have never been a make your bed type of person. Ever.

That’s not the confession, though. That was just me bragging.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

The confession? I have been failing at dinner. Hardcore.

This meatball casserole was a total dinner win!

My husband works some rather unpredictable hours. When things go wrong at work, he has to stick around and fix them. It’s a bummer when it comes time to cook dinner.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

I’ve told him that 6:30 is dinner time and he can either be home then or he can microwave left overs when he does decide to drop by. The thing is, on the nights that I’m pretty sure he isn’t going to make it on time, the kids and I eat random junk. Cereal, my favorite cold sandwich, chips with restaurant style salsa, oatmeal. Whatever, if it takes me less than 5 minutes, I serve it.

This Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole is my way of making up for the lackluster dinners we’ve been having. It’s full of melty cheese, healthy chicken, and the tomato sauce totally counts as a veggie.

You’re going to love this chicken Parmesan casserole!

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

Plus, pasta reheats like a dream and is usually even better the next day! My whole family ate this, although I did have to chop the meatballs up into tiny pieces for my daughter. She hates meatballs, unless she doesn’t know she’s eating meatballs and then she loves them. Kids are weird.

I think you’re going to love the traditional chicken Parmesan flavors in this recipe, especially because it’s so much easier than frying chicken! The meatballs bake in no time which make this a nice weeknight meal, too!

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 pound campanelle pasta (any small shape is fine, such as ziti)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 1 minute less than package directions state.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the meatballs. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to mix them together well. Form into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  5. Add the pasta sauce to a large bowl and stir in the cooked pasta and meatballs. Stir gently to coat everything in sauce.
  6. Spread half of the pasta and meatballs into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

*To freeze this dish, stop just short of baking the casserole, cover tightly with foil, and freeze until ready to bake. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.*


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3910kcal Calories from fat 1184
% Daily Value
Total Fat 132g 203%
Saturated Fat 59g 295%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 808mg 269%
Sodium 5692mg 237%
Carbohydrate 443g 148%
Dietary Fiber 29g 116%
Sugars 57g
Protein 230g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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