Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Andi from Ohio.

Portions: 10

Serving size: 3 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces pizza sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix ground chicken, egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons pizza sauce and spices in a bowl.
  3. Shape into 30 small meatballs, about the size of a ping-pong ball; place meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Spread thin layer of pizza sauce in bottom of glass baking dish. Place meatballs in glass baking dish. Pour remaining pizza sauce on top of meatballs then add shredded mozzarella.
  6. Place back in oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  114
  • Protein  11 g
  • Carbohydrates  4 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  64 mg
  • Sodium  223 mg
  • Potassium  350 mg
  • Phosphorus  132 mg
  • Calcium  59 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Ground turkey or ground beef or ground pork can be substituted for ground chicken.
  • Serve as an appetizer or as a main dish with pasta of choice.
  • Make tasty meatball sandwiches using Italian or French roll or rustic white bread.
  • The cheese in this recipe provides less than 1 tablespoon per serving.
  • Pizza sauce provides 1-2/3 tablespoons per serving. Compare brands and select the lowest sodium product.

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