Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls

8 Balls115 cals

Are you looking for a healthy chicken parmesan alternative? Try these Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls! This high protein meatball recipe is packed with flavor, cheap to make, and great for meal prep.

Add into your bowl 2 large whole eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of basil, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of parsley, 8 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, 8 tablespoons of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of tomato sauce, and 2 5 ounce cans of drained chicken.

Did you know that wheat germ is a great healthy substitute for bread crumbs?

Mix all of those ingredients together until everything for your canned chicken parmesan balls is incorporated.

Take out a baking sheet, optionally line it for easy clean up, and coat it with some non-stick cooking spray. Both parchment paper or aluminum foil work great for lining.

Shape your canned chicken parmesan balls and place them onto your baking sheet. I made 8 balls today but make however many you want!

Put your balls into the oven on 350F/176C for 20-25 minutes. If you made your balls bigger or smaller than I did then this time will change so keep an eye on them.

Remove your balls from the oven and eat them as is or top them! I like to top my canned chicken parmesan balls with some tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Let us know what you top yours with in the comments below.

Diet tip? Easily lower the fat in the recipe by using fat free cheeses!

Ready for dessert? How about some Protein Cheesecake Balls!?

Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls Recipe

Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls

Ready for a healthy chicken parmesan recipe? Try our Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls! These high protein meatballs are cheap and delicious.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned chicken, canned chicken balls, parmesan balls, parmesan bites
Servings: 8 Balls
Calories: 115kcal
Cost: $4

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  • 2 Cans Chicken
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • ½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese - Reduced Fat
  • 8 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese - Grated
  • 8 Tablespoons Wheat Germ
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Basil
  • ½ Teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Parsley
  • ½ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper


  • Drain your Canned Chicken
  • Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix everything together
  • Take out a baking sheet, coat it with some non-stick cooking spray, and shape your mix into balls
  • Bake on 350F/176C for 20-25 minutes



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 925
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 1890mg
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 108g


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.8g | Protein: 13.5g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 236.2mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 1.2g


  1. Deb on April 14, 2023 at 8:59 am

    It confused me for a minute. but I think you have a typo. In the first paragraph or two you list all the ingredients to put into a bowl….but you list two cans tuna instead of two cans chicken. Made me do a double take…hard to make tuna taste like chicken

    • Derek Howes on May 10, 2023 at 7:13 pm

      Haha! Thanks Deb, I fixed that. You could also use tuna in this recipe if you’d like!

  2. Michelle Johnson on November 13, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    This looks yummy. What would you serve with this?

  3. Shan on May 24, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Can you make this gluten free by substituting crushed corn flakes for the wheat germ?

    • Derek Howes on February 24, 2022 at 8:06 am

      I think you could make that work!

    • Cheryl on August 12, 2023 at 7:43 pm

      Pork rind panko would work

  4. Jane on August 29, 2020 at 8:51 am

    What size cans of chicken?

    • Derek Howes on October 23, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Jane! I believe they were 5 Ounces here.

  5. Kat on June 5, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Love this! Great for kiddos! Not a health fanatic and just needed something quick and easy to make with stuff on hand so I used bread crumbs instead of wheat germ. Kids loved it!

  6. Chris Eden on November 8, 2014 at 12:00 am


    Can you use cooked chicken breast for this recipe also?


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