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Prep Time:
20 Minutes
Grill time:
40 Minutes

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Easy BBQ Recipe For Winter Comfort Food

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Serves 8+
Prep Time:
Grill time: 40 Minutes

Smoky, grilled chicken meatballs are nestled in cheese stuffed pasta shells and smothered in your favorite pasta sauce, topped with even more cheese, and then baked to perfection on the grill. Winter is cold and blustery and there’s nothing better than a delicious meal to make you forget about the chill in the air. This easy grill recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is like a warm hug from your grill. Comfort food at its finest.

These aren't your normal chicken balls
These aren't your normal chicken balls
Grill over direct heat
Grill over direct heat
Stuff the shells, add sauce
Stuff the shells, add sauce

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Serves: 8+       Total Time: 60 Minutes


  • 1 lb. ground chicken 
  •  1 cup your favorite breadcrumbs – I used panko 
  •  1 tbsp. oregano 
  •  1 tbsp. garlic paste/minced garlic 
  •  salt and pepper to taste 
  •  1 box of pasta shells – 12 oz./340 g. 
  •  2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  •  2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese 
  •  4 to 6 cups of your favorite pasta sauce


Step 1
Start by preheating your grill to 400°F, lighting two burners side by side, leaving the other burners off. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Once boiling, add the shells and cook until they’re just a little less than al dente – they will finish cooking on the grill. When ready, remove the shells from the water and allow them to drain in a colander.
Step 2
While you’re waiting for the pot to boil, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Form the chicken into 1-inch balls.
Step 3
Using a silicone basting brush, and a high temperature oil like avocado oil, and brush the cooking grids over the lit burners. Grill the chicken meatballs over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until they have grill marks and look cooked all the way around.
Step 4
Spray a large baking dish with nonstick, then add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the dish. Place the shells into the sauce and fill them with a little shredded mozzarella as well as one of the grilled meatballs. Top the stuffed shells with more sauce, and finally even more cheese!
Step 5
Bake the shells and meatballs and sauce using indirect heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and everything is nice and bubbly. Serve this with your favorite sides and a big salad.
Bake using indirect heat
Bake using indirect heat
Serve hot off the grill
Serve hot off the grill
An easy winter grilling recipe
An easy winter grilling recipe

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is definitely winter comfort food perfection. I used a vegetable leaden tomato sauce but you can use your favorite pasta sauce for this recipe. It easily serves eight people, and you can always freeze the rest, or take it for lunches – it gets better by the day! What is your favorite pasta sauce and would it work with this recipe? Show us your favorite pasta recipes using your barbecue by sharing on our social pages like Facebook and Instagram. Just remember to use the hashtags #NapoleonGrill and #BBQpasta. 

Happy Grilling!

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