Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf “Muffins”
You know what seems to be all the rage in restaurants these days? Fusion, or the combining of several separate cuisines into one dish/restaurant concept. This is kind of like that, but far less fancy because mine involves meatloaf. It’s more like diner-fusion than an elegant and eclectic mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Parisian fare (or whatever). I’m good with that. Meatloaf and Chicken Parmesan are two of my favorite comfort foods, and I loved the idea of combining them. The finished product kind of reminded me of a chicken version of meatballs (which are one of my favorite foods of all time – I LOVE meatballs), so I loved them. Of course I also followed my instinct to portion them into muffin tins, and as always it made for added convenience, presentation, portion control, and in this case – a shorter cooking time! These “muffins make great leftovers and are freezer and kid-friendly. Plus, you get to transform your kitchen into the next great Italian-American fusion restaurant! Look at you, being all hip and fancy.
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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins
- 1 ½ lbs raw ground chicken breast, if you have trouble finding ground chicken that is breast meat only, you can throw the same weight of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the food processor and run until ground
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg whites
- 6 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
- ¾ teaspoon dried basil
- ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¾ teaspoon oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ a small onion, chopped small or grated
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup pasta sauce
- ¾ cup 2% reduced fat shredded Mozzarella cheese
- Optional: dried parsley, oregano or basil for garnish
- Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, egg whites, breadcrumbs, basil, thyme, oregano, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and lightly mix together. Do not over handle.
- Form the meat mixture evenly into the 12 cups of your prepared muffin tin. Spread the pasta sauce evenly over the tops of each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven. Top each muffin with about a tablespoon of shredded cheese and then return to the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish if desired.
4 per muffin, 7 for 2 muffins (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com) adapted from What’s Cookin’ Chicago?
Emily: I saw your “teaser” about this on facebook and I am excited to try it this weekend. My friend at work and I often share your muffin meals or your wonton cups. Thanks for all your portion controlled meals. I also portion control my pasta into 1/2 cup servings so this would be Great with a side salad.
Thanks, Nancy! I’m so glad you two are fans :). Hope you love this one!
Emily: I made these this morning and they came out wonderful! I did grind up chicken breast as you suggested since I had on hand and it worked like a charm! Thank you for another great healthy version of comfort food!
Next time I may try in a mini pan. Would make a great 2 bite appetizer. Nancy
Are you basing this on a “standard” size muffin tin or mini muffins?
I’m a little confused. 4 per serving, 7 P+ for 2 muffins (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Does that mean 4 muffins are a serving or 2 are a serving? does it mean that half a serving is 7 points plus?
I am sorry if that was confusing, i updated the wording so that it is clearer. One muffin is 4 P+. Two muffins are 7 P+.
This looks awesome. Sounds like tomorrow night’s dinner! Thank you!
Hope you love it!
I think I’m in love with you! j/k; I love the recipe! 🙂
Haha, love you back! 😉
These look delicious. What are you thinking of pairing them with?
I ate mine with a mixed green salad with Simple Dressed Balsamic on it and I thought it was an awesome pairing. You could always serve it with pasta if you’d like as well, or maybe zucchini or asparagus with parmesan?
This looks great. do u start with raw chicken?
You’re the best Emily! We talk about you all the time in our weight watchers meetings! Thank you for providing us all with amazing dishes!
Aw, thanks, Emily! 🙂
These sound so amazing! And I know my husband will love them!! One question: are we putting in the ground chicken raw, or are we cooking it first?
Oh YUM! Emily …you’ve done it again! I can hardly wait to try these. I’ve had a rough summer (lots of celebrating & BBQ’s happening) …time for me to get back on track, and these will do the trick. Thanks!
PS: I think super lean gound turkey would work too!
Hope you love them, Chris!
I think I might try it with ground turkey…. we always have it on hand!
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It’s 8am and I want this for breakfast!!! Guess I’ll have to wait until dinner! My husband and I use myfitnesspal to log our food, so a HUGE thank you for including the nutrtional info on your meals–it helps out a lot!
Haha, I eat dinner food for breakfast sometimes. I’m glad the NI is helpful for you!
Many many thanks for your hard work and the wonderful recipes you continue to post. You inspire me and make me seem like the best cook that has ever walked the earth!!
Do you know what the point difference would be if I used ground turkey? I have not had great results with ground chicken and really do not like the texture.
Thank you again and again!!
Hi Anonymous, I’m not Emily, but I am a lifetime Weight Watcher member. If you got 98% lean ground turkey, the points would be the same.
It depends on what ground turkey you use! As Chris said above, if you use a super lean version it would probably be the same.
OMG- changing my shopping list so I can make this for dinner this weekend! The picture is making me drool 🙂
Thank you for sharing such great recipes- it makes the weight loss journey easier!
Thanks Jennifer! I hope you love them!
Another great muffin for my freezer collection!
How did you freeze them? cooked or uncooked? with sauce or without? with cheese or without? I am thinking cooked with sauce only…and reheated with the cheese
I have frozen them fully cooked, cheese and all. I thawed them in the fridge before reheating and put them in the oven on a baking sheet to reheat. It took about 10 mins for them to heat through and they were delicious!
any particular brand of breadcrumbs? what is best?
I just use Wegmans (my local grocery store) brand
sounds AMAZING! I am going to add this to my menu this week!!! 🙂
Hope you love it!
I made these last night for dinner and they were great! Instead of chicken I used turkey. And to the anonymous person who asked about breadcrumbs.. I used the WW zero point Sara Lee 45 and delightful bread. I toasted 2 pieces and then put it in my blender. Turned out great!
Glad they were a hit! 🙂
OMGOSH, thank you, thank you! This is a fabulous idea. I just started my diet and really need some tips. I just had my 7th baby and am having a harder time losing the weight. I need to learn about portion control and this makes it sooo simple. 😀
Wow, 7 babies – you’re a champ! I hope you love these 🙂
Will be trying this wonderful recipe this week. Thank you!
Thanks, Bonnie – hope you like them!
Could ground turkey breast be substituted?
Never mind, just saw that someone had success with ground turkey. I’m adding this to the menu this week. Thanks!
Hope you like them!
I tried it and it came out delicious!!! My family of 9 loooooves it. I didn’t have the right cheese though so I had to use chedder. Was delicious. Here is a picture of how mine turned out.
Yay, I’m glad they worked out and were a hit with the whole family! Looks great 🙂
I can’t wait to try these. I am also inspired to try my turkey meatball recipe in the mini-muffin pan rather than forming & pan-frying every single stinking meatball. Genius.
Yum! Doesn’t even look like a WW friendly recipe with the cheese and sauce- can’t wait to try!
You’d be surprised at all the mouth-watering foods you can eat on WW 🙂
These look amazing!
Thanks! You should try them!
I love dishes with automatic portion control. This is a must share with friends recipe!
Thanks! I agree, it makes it a lot easier 🙂
Made for dinner tonight! So good. They tasted just like chicken parm.
So glad you loved them!
Use oats or crushed Rice Chex in place of breadcrumbs to make it gluten free!
Maybe this seems like a stupid question, but do you freeze these after cooking? If so, what is the best way to heat them up.
I was just about to ask the same thing… I cook for one and hate having left-overs go to waste.
I didn’t freeze them, but you certainly could. I’d probably just put them back in the oven until they were heated through, or you could definitely try microwaving them. I refrigerated my leftovers and microwaved them and they were delicious!
These are fabulous! I used ground turkey breast, italian seasoning (instead of the individual spices) and italian seasoned bread crumbs. They were so good. Thank you!!
Yay, glad they were a hit! 🙂
These are GREAT!! My parents came over for dinner tonight and I made these for the first time. They came out so nicely! My stepmom said “Wow! Nice job! This recipe is definitely a keeper!” I served them with green beans and a fresh salad! Bon appetit!
Yay, I’m glad you were able to impress your parents with your cooking skills! Thanks for letting me know you loved these 🙂
I’m so excited, I only have 21 points daily andyou may have saved me lol thank Mel
You must be doing the old plan – I don’t think anyone gets that few on the new one! Glad you’re enjoying the site!
Thanks Emily – I made for Sunday dinner and they were delicious. This recipe will go into the keeper folder!!! I’m sharing left-overs and recipe with my daughter’s family tonight.
Glad you loved them!
I made these thi past weekend and they were awesome as are all your recipes I’ve tried. Thanks so much for posting. I love your blog!
Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog!
Any particular brand for pasta sauce? as in tomato or spaghetti sauce? I cannot wait to try this recipe out!!!
I used my store brand tomato basil pasta sauce
Delish! Wonderful recipe. Wonderful idea. I’ll positively will make again. Freezes well. Reheats well. These muffin dinners make great gifts for family, friends and neighbors…sick, new baby, new house…
I’m so happy you loved them!
These were really good! My husband loved them, and with pasta and sauce it was a great meal!
Glad to hear they were a hit!
Really good! My diet-hating husband loved them! 🙂
Yay! Husband-approved 🙂
Made these last week…fantastic! And I love that they are Weight Watchers friendly. Thank you!
Glad you loved them!
These are simple and so amazingly good! Thank you for posting…
Thanks for commenting! Happy they were a hit 🙂
Meatloaf meatloaf, double beetloaf.
That was beautiful
I used ground turkey instead of chicken and also made some mini ones and the family loved it!! SOO good! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Glad they turned out great!
Just found your site and boy am I glad I did! I started WW like 6 weeks ago and was getting bored with the same old recipes. Also I live in a remote First Nations community in Northern Canada and can only get the most common ingrediants. It’s so nice that most of your recipes use things I can actually get!!! This was the first one I tired and it was delish! Can’t wait to try more.
I’m so happy you loved them! I do try to use ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store most of the time. I’m glad you found me too! 🙂
The hubby and I both liked these, I did however use thin slices of fresh mozzarella. Next time I heat some extra sauce to have on the side.
I’m glad you liked them
Any particular brand for pasta sauce? as in tomato or spaghetti sauce? I cannot wait to try this recipe out!!!
I used my store brand Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
I made these tonight and I can not believe how good they were!!! Even my 3 and 6 yo girls LOVED them! I made them with a side of pasta and a salad. My girls are pasta fanatics…and tonight they ate their “muffin” and left all the pasta! I really think you have cracked them!!!! THANK YOU!
Yay, that’s awesome!! I’m so glad the girls loved them 🙂
When it calls for Parmesan Cheese, is it the kind you get in the shaker can or fresh grated?
Hey Emily!! I love all your recipes, thank you for being so great! I especially love the wonton wrapper cupcakes… so I have a recipe request for chicken parm in wonton wrappers! maybe using layers of short-cuts style chicken breast (grilled kind) and some sauce and cheese? I’m not a fan of ground meat so I think these would really cure the craving!! thanks again.. I look forward to more great recipes!
Hey Emily, I just tried the Chicken Parm Meatloaf Muffins. They were out of this world. My 15 year old daughter, who usually hates everything that I cook, could not stop eating them last night. Thanks for making me feel like a rock star at dinner!!!
This is the 1st recipe I’ve made from your site, really great! I paired mine with roasted garlic Brussel sprouts-Very delightful! They’d be great pressed into patty on a bun, also, but this was a nice twist 🙂 Thanks!
Emily, these were absolutely delicious. My daughter wants to take leftovers in her lunch tomorrow! Thanks for an awesome dinner and an awesome website too!
Is the Parm. cheese supposed to be shredded or grated? I’m assumimg shredded…..?
Do you think I could use almond flour instead of bread crumbs?
These were totally delicious. Thanks Emily. You are one of my favorite sources for recipes while I’m on WW. My husband, who is skeptical of all things “diet” declared these a “winner”.
Thanks for the great recipes Emily! I made these for our family the other night- so delicious! I was full after two and love the portion control here. The kids gobbled them up! Great with a side of whole grain pasta and a huge salad!
Made these last night and they were amazing! Picky husband and kids all loved them!
Made these again last night. This is one of my very favorite recipes!
Thank you so much. I have a super picky eater and I just made these and she came back for seconds. This almost never happens. So easy to make. I even ground my own chicken. Thanks for the tips and great recipe.
Awesome recipe! Adults and kids alike loved it. Super easy, really filling and low in points. Perfect with just a salad. Thanks.
Awesome recipe! Adults and kids alike loved it. Super easy, really filling and low in points. Perfect with just a salad. Thanks.
Hey Emily! I recently found your blog and I’ve been making a ton of your recipes!! The recipes are always good and I never feel like I’m eating “diet” food. I made these chicken parmesan cupcakes tonight. My husband and I LOVED them! He even said to me “We’ve been eating really good stuff lately”! Thank you! ~Shannon
Emily, how can I share this on Pinterest, via email, and on Facebook?
Are you viewing the recipe in the mobile version or web version? On the web version each post has buttons at the end to pin or share the recipe. Hope that helps!
This was my first ever “muffin” and it was AMAZING! Two of them paired with a large salad was more than filling. I did use ground turkey instead, but was still delicious. Thank goodness for your site or WW would not have this much variety for me!
Do you think this would work in a regular meatloaf pan? I’m very new to both WW and Cooking (shameful, I know) but want to start cooking and just don’t know a lot about subsitutions, etc. Any help is greatly appreciated! Can I make this in a meatloaf form instead of muffin?
Emily I wanted to tell u this is grsat . My two ten year old twins loved them.
Love your recipes! I tried this tonight but used turkey ground meat instead..YUMMY! Your ideas are wonderful I keep mentioning you on my blog and fb site. Thank you …your are very talented!
I’ve always wanted to make muffins, but I thought it was too much work. Now that I see these, I don’t think I care if it takes me hours. So wonderful looking! I’m sure they will be a blast.
This recipe and your website have inspired me to start creating some new recipes. I made these last night and my wife and I LOVED them! I think that I am going to start making more different types of main course muffins because it is perfect for portion size. I think that I am going to work on a greek cupcake meatloaf and a spanish cupcake meatloaf this week.
Has anyone frozen leftovers? Curious to know if they freeze well. Thanks! -Krista
These were so good! I could only find ground turkey breast, so I used that instead … really yummy. We had two of them for dinner with a tossed salad and it was quite filling. My toddler loved them too! I froze the rest for later (I don’t think that will be a problem, Krista, have frozen meatballs before). Thanks for sharing this recipe!
what is t stand for and T, not sure which is teaspoon or tablespoon….really want to make this dish tonight…
t is for teaspoon, T is for tablespoon. This is a great recipe, you’re gonna luv it!
I made these tonight and the whole family loved them!!! Even my two kids who never ever like the same thing both loved them. To quote my son “Wow!” and “MMMMM I love them!!!” and even had thirds (he never does that). I think we have a keeper. I’ve had trouble finding weight watchers recipes that everyone likes. I’ve bookmarked your site. I also love the simplicity of your recipes too. I use some SkinnyTaste ones but they are SO labor intensive (30-40 minutes prep)and always use 3-4 pots and then the baking dish. I can’t wait to try more from your site! 🙂
I have made these 3 times in the last month. They freeze well too! I brought 2 of them for lunch today, sliced them and put them on a arnolds whole wheat sandwich thin. I never thought I would like ground chicken, but its my new favorite instead of beef! So much sweeter. The recipe is awesome.
Wow! these cupcakes look so delicious.
I will have to try them out!
I made these the other day and they are amazing! I have cooked about ten of your recipes since last week and they were all wonderful, my boyfriend is wondering if all are meals are going to come in the form of muffins from now on haha. I have the mexican pulled pork in the crock now and cant wait for dinner! Keep the recipes coming, I follow WW points so these recipes are great!
My husband came home from the store with ground chicken and I wasn’t sure what to make with it. Came across this recipe and was overjoyed! Thank you for sharing!
I made these last night and they were delicious! I served them with a broccoli slaw with balsamic, for a tasty low-carb version of spaghetti and meatballs. Next time, I will mix a cup of broccoli slaw or grated carrots in with the meatball mixture, and I will serve them w/ extra marinara sauce for dipping.
Found this thru Pinterest, it sounds awesome! I’m sure this will end up on my regular dinner rotation. I’ll be substituting almond meal for the breadcrumbs – it works very well in every recipe I’ve done this for. I’m avoiding wheat and also use almond meal in place of flour when baking.
Have a great day!
Can you make these ahead of time, say the day before? Everything but the sauce and cheese maybe?
Do you think it would be too dry to use already cooked chicken parmesan breasts, and just chop them up in the ingredients?
Yes, I do – sorry!
Just made this last night. We loved it! Will definitely be making these again. Thanks so much for the great recipes!!
Very good starter recipe. My wife and I enjoyed them but found them a bit bland. Want to add a bit more flavor without the points…next time, I will saute the onion and garlic and maybe some bell pepper. Will also add more seasonings to make different kinds (ie, cayenne/chili/cumin for Mexican themed; herbs de provence, savory, etc for Italian). Overall, a VERY good recipe…thanks for sharing!
These are absolutely delicious! SO GOOD that i’m having trouble believing they are diet friendly. I’ll be making many many more of these. I omitted the breadcrumbs but they still turned out fabulous. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!
Can you use Ground Turkey Breast in place of the chicken??
I have some Ground Turkey in my fridge.
Thanks 4 sharing this recipe.
Oh absolutely, that should be fine! Hope you like it 🙂
I only have a pound of ground chicken do I need to shorten the other ingredients?
This was great! I made a batch to bring over to my brother and his wife who had a baby last week. I gave them some extra sauce for reheating. They loved them! Thanks for yet another hit!
I never comment on things like this, but I just had to as these are SO DELICIOUS! I used half ground sirloin, and half ground turkey, which upped the points slightly. Also subbed romano for parm, as that is what we had. And my husband–who finished making them as the baby was freaking out–mixed the tomato sauce in with the meat instead of putting it on top. They turned out so rich that I think if I do it again with the slightly fattier meat I will leave off the mozzarella – I don’t think I would miss it at all. Now I just have to avoid eating a third one.
Thanks for this post Emily! These were really good! I’ve been making the old WW beef and stovetop stuffing mix meatloaf muffins for years (everyone still loves them) so it was fun to mix it up with this recipe. I usually make a huge batch of meatloaf muffins and freeze them. A minute or 2 in the microwave and dinner is ready on a crazy, there’s nothing in the house kind of night. I didn’t make enough to freeze of these this first time, but I’m sure I will next time (and there will be a next time)!
Oh and also, my food processer didn’t much like serving as a meat grinder and I’m worried about killing the motor if I try it again. I googled “where can I find ground chicken” and the best answer I found was that (if they don’t have it already) the meat department at your grocer will grind it for you if you ask! Just tell them how many pounds you need. One less tool to use/clean too to make this easy dish!
Just pulled my millionth pan of these muffins out of the oven. (Ok, slight exaggeration) I make them with either the suggested ground chicken OR 93% or 99% ground turkey…whatever’s on sale. This recipe has literally been a life changer…meatballs had been out of my life for years due to gallstones…and when you think that two of my very favorite foods are spaghetti and meatballs, and meatball parm sandwiches, well, it was so hard for me-to say nothing of the fact that my beef meatballs were the best EVER. I have fooled quite a few people that couldn’t believe they weren’t beef when I made them with the turkey….I cant thank you enough. I cut these in quarters or halves and drop them into my homemade sauce and I’m in heaven. Meatballs are back, baby!
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I have a recipe for stuffed peppers where i use a mixture of ground chicken.. and hot italian ground chicken sausage.. gives it just a bit more flavor… would that work in these mini meatloaves???
Sure, I think you could definitely use a mix of ground chicken and sausage – let me know how it turns out! 🙂
These were fabulous! Is the fitness pal nutritional info per muffin?? Thanks so much! I can’t wait to explore more of your recipes!!
I made these tonight, they were very tasty, I didn’t sprinkle the last bit of cheese on them to make them a little lighter and they were still lovely! thanks for sharing! xx
I have actually made these twice before, as is, and they are amazing!!!! What a great recipe. I am making them again for dinner tonight. What I love about them is that they reheat so well, I can eat them for more than one meal. It’s nice not to have to cook the second night! Thanks for the great recipe!
I’m so happy to hear you love them, Amy! Thanks for letting me know 🙂
We splurged this weekend and bought a meat grinder attachment for our Kitchen-Aide stand mixer. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale last week, so we stocked up! Ground some chicken this evening and made these tasty tidbits – definitely a winner!! We served them with a small side Caesar salad – perfect meal! The only alteration I made was using the tip suggested earlier in the comments about making your own breadcrumbs out of “light” bread – this cut down on the carbs a bit more for those who are counting.
Huge success in our house! Buffalo chicken meatballs in the slow cooker tomorrow! Thanks for another home run, Emily!!
Is a Serving one or two- I’m looking at the macros posted from my fitness pal to know how many muffins or grams that is equivalent too.
I’m not sure what macros are (sorry!) but the nutrition information and WW points I listed above are per muffin. Sorry that was confusing! I will make sure it specifies. 🙂
I had gastric sleeve a year and a half ago and I love making these! I make a pan and freeze half and eat the rest during the week. They are the PERFECT size and oh so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!
I’m so glad you love these! 🙂
These are delicious. The second time around I added finely diced and sauté mushrooms and spinach (cooled) to the meat mixture. It helped keep everything moist and added a nutritional boost without adding much as far as calories or carbs. It’s a great way to sneak veggies in for picky eaters. Especially the mushrooms since they aren’t visible 🙂
Love this recipe! Do these freeze well?
I don’t usually freeze things but I would imagine they do!
These were always a favorite of mine, and today I built it in the recipe builder, I use 98% Lean Ground chicken and no parm cheese and it came out to 4 S-Points for 2….I’m shocked!
Emily, I love this recipe. It’s one of my favorites on your site. Since Smart Points came out, I put it through the Recipe Builder, and I get 2 SP per muffin, not 4. That’s a great points deal! Yum!
Actually, it came out to 3 SP per muffin, not 2.
OMG! Made these tonight! So delicious and a huge hit with my family! Thank you!
Quick question: if I wanted to make these for someone, and put them in the freezer, at what point would you suggest I freeze? I would like as little work as possible to be done on the other person’s part. Thanks in advance!
Quick question: if I wanted to make these for someone and freeze them; at what point would you suggest freezing? I would like as little work as possible to be done on the recipient’s part.
Emily, these meatloaf muffins are amazing and pare great with spiralized vegetables. Thank you
I’m so glad you like them! Thanks for letting me know 🙂
Delicious!! A home run in our house. I froze some and it was even better frozen.
What can be substituted with the eggs? My son has an egg allergy. Are the eggs really nesecary?
The eggs help bind everything together. I’m not familiar with egg-free cooking to suggest substitutes though I am sure they are out there and you may have some luck Googling for alternatives. I’ve never had a reason to try making this without eggs but you are welcome to try it!
Emily, would it be ok to use canned chicken?
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. These are so amazing! I have shared this recipe with all 4 of my kids and they are a huge hit with everyone. I only have a pound of ground turkey breast tonight so I’m going to have to adjust things a little but I’m sure they’ll still be great. I love how excited my husband is when I tell him these are on the menu!
I copied this recipe on pinterest about 2 years ago and finally got around to making these
tonight. Omg what have I been missing so easy to make and really tasty The only hard part was cleaning the pan. 5 stars A+ thanks can’t wait to check out your other recipes
These are so easy to make and delicious! I’m so thankful that I discovered your recipe. 🙂
These were SOOO good!!!!! These will be a staple dish in my house!!!