Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
These are quick and fun and my babies love them!!!
- cooking spray
- 1⁄3 cup plus 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1⁄3 cup plus 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 lbs ground dark-meat chicken
- 1⁄2 cup minced yellow onion
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaf
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 6 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese
- 3 cups marinara sauce
- Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a 12-well muffin pan on the baking sheet and coat the wells and the top of the pan with cooking spray (alternatively you can use olive oil to coat the pan); set aside.
- Using your fingers, combine 1/3 cup of the panko, 1/3 cup of the Parmesan, and the measured olive oil in a small bowl until evenly moistened; set aside.
- Place the egg in a large bowl and beat it with a fork to break it up. Add the remaining 1/2 cup panko and 1/2 cup Parmesan, the chicken, onion, basil, garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper. Using clean hands, mix everything until combined (don’t squeeze or overwork the mixture).
- Divide the mixture among the wells of the muffin pan. Evenly divide the mozzarella pieces among the wells, nestling them into the center of the chicken mixture and making sure to enclose them. Smooth out the tops of the “muffins.”.
- Sprinkle the reserved panko-Parmesan mixture evenly over the tops of the meatloaf muffins and gently press to adhere.
- Place the baking sheet with the muffin pan on it in the oven and bake until the meatloaf muffins are cooked through, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the tomato or marinara sauce and keep it warm.
- When the meatloaf muffins are done cooking, set the oven to broil and broil until the panko topping is golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Run a small knife around the perimeter of each well to loosen and remove the meatloaf muffins. Serve immediately with the tomato or marinara sauce.