This is one of the easiest and yummiest meatloafs I have ever had. I can’t take all the credit for this recipe because it was based on a basic meatloaf recipe that I love that was in one of my cookbooks in college. The best part about this meatloaf is that it is so much healthier than regular meatloaf and yet still has that comfort food feel. It really does taste a lot like chicken parmesan too. It is so simple and the kids will love it.
Here is what you need:
2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil
2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 small Vidalia onion grated (yellow onion could be used too)
1/3 c. crushed croutons (could substitute bread crumbs)
1/2 grated romano cheese (could use parmesan cheese)
3/4 cup of pasta sauce
1/2 c. mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
Here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the ground chicken, egg, basil, parsley, onion, croutons and romano cheese. Mix together using your hands or a spoon. Be careful not to over mix it because it will become tough if you do. Mix just until combined evenly. Next form the meat mixture into a loaf in a greased loaf pan. Next pour the pasta sauce over the top of the meatloaf. Bake for 50 minutes or until it is cooked through. Once it is cooked through, remove from oven and top with 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese. Place under the broiler for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Don’t walk away from it at this step because it will burn really quickly when it is under the broiler. That’s it! Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Top with a little more fresh chopped parsley is desired.
I made this last night and used ground chicken breast which worked well, but can get a little dry. Just make sure not to over cook it if you use ground chicken breast. Just the regular ground chicken (which includes leg and thigh meat) works best. I also used part-skim cheese and it was still delicious. I also recommend using fresh grated romano cheese in the meatloaf as it really makes it more flavorful. This recipe is so easy and delicious that I know it will become one of your favorite go to recipes. The prep time on it is about 10 minutes making it a perfect weeknight dinner. Thanks for reading!
Have you ever made chicken meatloaf? What is your favorite meatloaf recipe?