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Best Ground Chicken Meatloaf Recipe

The best Ground Chicken Meatloaf recipe is easy to make and has bacon on top of the meatloaf! A great alternative to traditional meatloaf, this will become a new family favorite comfort food.

Need a side dish to go with it? Try these brussels sprouts or these green beans.

Why I love this recipe

This healthy ground chicken meatloaf is easy and delicious. While it may not be your classic meatloaf recipe, it is moist, big on flavor, and uses simple ingredients.

Chicken and Bacon Meatloaf and potatoes on a plate.
Chicken and Bacon Meatloaf

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Basic Ingredients

  • oatmeal
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • onion
  • salt
  • ketchup
  • egg
  • ground chicken
  • thick bacon

Substitutions

You can use panko breadcrumbs instead of oatmeal.

Swap out the ground chicken with ground turkey, or ground beef.

You can use grated Parmesan cheese instead of shredded.

Add Italian seasoning, kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper if you wish.

Equipment used for this recipe

How to make easy Chicken Meatloaf

Preheat oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Add oatmeal or bread crumbs, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, diced onion, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix to combine.

oatmeal, mozzarella, parmesan, diced onions and salt in a bowl.

Stir in the ketchup and egg to the cheese mixture.

ketchup and egg are stirred into an oatmeal mixture.

Add the ground chicken and mix just until combined. Don’t overmix or the chicken will get tough.

chicken meatloaf mixed in a bowl.

Shape the ground chicken mixture into two equal-sized mini loaves and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

two mini ground chicken meatloaves on a baking sheet.

Top each meatloaf mixture with 4 half slices of thick bacon, tucking the ends underneath.

two bacon-wrapped mini ground chicken meatloaves on a baking sheet.

Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

Switch the oven to broil and cook another 5 minutes.

Garnish with fresh parsley if desired, serve, and enjoy!

Italian Chicken Meatloaf and potatoes on a plate.
Italian Chicken Meatloaf

Pro Tips

Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. To store meatloaf leftovers in the freezer, wrap each portion in aluminum foil or plastic wrap then place it inside a plastic zipper bag.

Recipe FAQs

Can you substitute ground chicken for ground beef?

Ground chicken is a lean, protein-packed alternative to using ground beef or pork. it is lighter in taste, fat, and calories, and holds up very well in recipes.

Italian Chicken Meatloaf and potatoes on a plate.
Yield: Serves 2

Best Ground Chicken Meatloaf Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

The best Ground Chicken Meatloaf recipe is easy to make and has bacon on top of the meatloaf! A great alternative to traditional meatloaf, this will become a new family favorite comfort food.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oatmeal or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 pound lean ground chicken
  • 4 slices thick bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add oatmeal, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, diced onion, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Stir in the ketchup and egg to the cheese mixture.
  4. Add the ground chicken and mix just until combined. Don't overmix or the chicken will get tough.
  5. Shape the ground chicken mixture into two equal-sized mini loaves and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Top each with 4 half slices of thick bacon, tucking the ends underneath.
  7. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  8. Switch the oven to broil and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 - 4 days. To store meatloaf leftovers in the freezer, wrap each portion in aluminum foil or plastic wrap then place it inside a plastic zipper bag.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 584Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 258mgSodium: 1466mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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