Is there anything more comforting than a slice of meatloaf? Perhaps not, but this flavorful chicken meatloaf recipe is going to become a new favorite meal for your family. A traditional meatloaf blend is paired with parmesan cheese, ground chicken, and a special blend of spices to create a hearty meat entree that is ideal for weeknight meals, or that occasional leftover sandwich the next day.
Chicken Meatloaf Recipe
I grew up eating ground beef meatloaf while many I know grew up eating a combination of pork and beef, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I tried this variation using chicken. Ground chicken is a great healthier option if you need to avoid red meat, and is a mild flavor that really picks up on the seasonings and herbs included in the mixture. With a simple mixture going right into the oven to leave while it cooks, this is one of the ultimate easy weeknight meals.
Can I Make This With Other Ground Meats?
While you can make this with ground pork, ground turkey, ground beef, or a mixture of all, this is best made with chicken. The chicken makes this taste almost like chicken parmesan rather than the classic meatloaf flavor you have been expecting. You can, of course, use whatever ground meat you prefer and still have great results. Remember that when working with fattier meats, you will have more drippings in the pan, so be careful when removing them from the oven.
Can I Top This With BBQ Sauce Instead of Ketchup?
This recipe does best with a tomato-based sauce, but can be made with a barbecue if you prefer I have used a basic pasta sauce, marinara, tomato sauce, or this ketchup combination, all with great results. While I have not personally made this using barbecue sauce, I am sure the result would be flavorful and worth trying. The joy of this recipe is that you can adjust it to suit your tastes with minor changes that won't affect the overall end result.
What Goes With Chicken Meatloaf?
Growing up, meatloaf always went with mashed potatoes, gravy, and some green beans. You can serve this with that same combination if it is a favorite, or you can definitely enjoy it with any other side. Below are a few that we enjoy with this dish and are sure to please your tastebuds.
- Homestyle Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Easy Homemade Egg Noodles
- Garlicky Potato Cakes with Homemade Sauce
- Garlic Parmesan Sauteed Zucchini
- The Best Ever Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Of course, you have to also add a nice slice of this soft potato bread on the side. It's an excellent choice that is soft, easy to make, and ideal to toast and make into a meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers!
What Temperature Should Chicken Meatloaf Be?
Chicken meatloaf should be cooked to 165°F internally. This is the temperature where it is safe to consume. I prefer checking with a digital meat thermometer to make sure it is cooked through but not overcooked. As this will be resting for 15-20 minutes after taking from the oven, it is safe to remove at 160°F and let rest to finish coming to temperature before serving.
Should I Cover Meatloaf While It Is Baking?
For this recipe, I do not cover it while baking. Since it is just a thin layer of sauce on top and it is cooked at a lower temperature for longer, it is less likely to burn or dry out too fast. If you prefer to cover this or if your oven tends to cook hot, then feel free to do so. A tented piece of foil over the top works wonderfully. This could, also, be baked in a Dutch oven with the lid in place if preferred. Simply form into a loaf shape and place into the pan and cook as directed.
- Ground chicken
- Heavy cream
- Parmesan cheese
- Tomato paste
- Soy sauce
- Garlic powder
- Ground pepper
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
Handy Kitchen Tools
How Do I Make Homemade Chicken Meatloaf?
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, onion, parsley, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, tomato paste, eggs, and heavy cream until mostly combined.
Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir to combine completely.
In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce.
Brush the inside of the loaf pan with a thin layer of the sauce mixture, making sure some is left to go on top.
Pour the chicken mixture into the loaf pan and spread into an even layer.
Top with the remaining sauce brushing into an even layer over the top.
Bake the meatloaf, uncovered, for 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before removing to slice and serve.
More Comfort Food Meals
Comfort food is a must on my menu. There is something about serving delicious warm meals that brings comfort. Below are some more of our favorite comfort food meals that are easy to prepare and perfect for serving your family and friends.
- Comforting Bean and Sausage Casserole Recipe
- Creamy Chipped Beef on Sourdough with Chives
- Southern Style Chicken Fried Chicken with Country Gravy
- Rich Pork Stew Recipe with Root Vegetables
- Homestyle Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
- 2 lb ground chicken
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
Ingredients for Sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, onion, parsley, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, tomato paste, eggs, and heavy cream until mostly combined.
- Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir to combine completely.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce.
- Brush the inside of the loaf pan with a thin layer of the sauce mixture, making sure some is left to go on top.
- Pour the chicken mixture into the loaf pan and spread into an even layer.
- Top with the remaining sauce.
- Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before removing to slice and serve.
If not available, you may replace the fresh parsley with 1 tbsp + 1 tsp dried parsley.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 284mgSodium: 2316mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 46g