I didn’t think meatballs could get better, but that was until we added creamy goat cheese to the middle of one! These easy baked chicken meatballs come together quickly. When choosing the cheese, goat cheese is an excellent option, but other cheeses will work well. Consider feta, cheddar or mozzarella. If you use a melty cheese (like cheddar or mozzarella), you might want to consider stuffing the cheese into the middle of the meatball and covering it completely with meatball mixture.
1/2 cup (35 grams) bread crumbs, we prefer panko or homemade bread crumbs
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup roasted peppers, finely chopped
1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
2 ounces goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
Warm marinara sauce, optional, see our homemade marinara recipe
Heat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or a silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, stir the breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano, salt, egg, milk and roasted sweet peppers. Add the ground chicken and lightly mix. Try not to over mix the chicken, over mixing will result in a tougher meatball, so use your fingers or a fork.
Form 16 evenly sized meatballs and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Break the goat cheese apart and press one or two small pieces of goat cheese into the top of each meatball. To help with browning, lightly drizzle the meatballs with olive oil.
Bake until they are cooked through, the outsides are browned, and they register 165°F in the middle on an instant-read thermometer; 20 to 25 minutes.