Monday, February 5, 2018

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

   What happens when you combine two classic dinner entrees into something new and different? Deliciousness, that's what!  This is part meatloaf, part chicken Parmesan and all delicious!



    Meatloaf is one of those family dinner classics.  It reminds me of diner plates, mashed potatoes and dinner around the table.  It is filling, meaty and reminiscent of childhood.


    Chicken Parmesan is one of those dinners that everyone I know loves.  It is full of flavor and oddly a comfort food in it's own right.  There is melty cheese, tomato and chicken goodness.  It is not something I make at home often, but it inspires meals we have.  Like the slow cooker chicken parmesan sandwiches we have frequently and enjoy every time!



    So of course putting them together is going to be a hit!  This meatloaf is stuffed with cheese, so there's that to look forward to.  It's flavored with pesto, so you know it's going to be flavorful.



    Instead of ketchup or BBQ sauce on top, you the goodness of spaghetti sauce.  This is an easy way to add loads of flavor with almost no work.  And of course a little more cheese never hurt a thing!

     You could serve this with mashed potatoes like a traditional meatloaf if you'd like.  But we like it with some simple pasta tossed in butter, garlic salt and sprinkling of Parmesan. Add some steamed or roasted broccoli and you are really in business!



     If you are making this for a special occasion, be sure to serve it with something fun for dessert like MiMi's Italian Lemon Bundt Cake.  Or if you like the idea of stuffed Italian goodness, maybe you'd like to try Maw-Maw's Italian Braciole.

      Now that you've got this on the menu for dinner, just imagine the meatloaf sandwich the next day! Make some garlic toast and put on a slab of this goodness for an out of this world lunch!! What is your favorite meatloaf?





Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

What happens when you combine two classic dinner entrees into something new and different? Deliciousness, that's what! This is part meatloaf, part chicken Parmesan and all delicious!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 55 MINStotal time: 70 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 cup pesto
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix chicken, bread crumbs, eggs, parmesan cheese.
  3. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the counter.  Dump meatloaf mixture onto wrap and pat into a 9" x 13" rectangle.  
  4. Spread the pesto over the meatloaf mixture.  Leave an inch on the long side farthest from you and the two ends. Top with 2 cups of mozzarella.  
  5. Using the plastic wrap to help, roll the meatloaf into a log.  Lightly press on the ends and along the seam to seal in the yummy goodness,
  6. Place on parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheet, seam side down.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with marinara and remaining mozzarella.  Bake until cheese is melty.
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Shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

60 comments:

  1. Meat loaf chicken looks juicy. What a lovely dish. I have a quick question to you why you had used like this two types of cheese. Is it necessary?

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    1. It's not 100% necessary. But we like the flavor of the Parmesan cheese, but it would be a bit strong if you tried to go all Parmesan. The mozzarella is a milder cheese and it gives that great cheese pull ;-)

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  2. I love this recipe! When we made it for Dad’s office party I knew I wanted to make it for our next family dinner so everyone could try it. It is a keeper! I may have to make it again soon!

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  3. My tastebuds seriously danced when I saw this on Twitter!!! YUM! I cannot wait to WOW my family with this! Have a GREAT Monday sweet friend!

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  4. Love the idea of serving this with pasta. And that cheese! The best part!

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  5. Yummy! This looks delicious.

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  6. I love the idea of chicken meatloaf, and the Parmesan is just a bonus. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

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  7. What a deliciously great idea! Pinned this one! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have an awesome week.

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  8. Great idea! I love the pesto in there too!

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  9. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!

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  10. The Flavor of your Chicken Meatloaf will be fantastic! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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  11. This sounds fantastic! So much flavor! I will be trying this one :)

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  12. Oh yeah my boys are going to LOVE this! Thanks for linking up to the friday frenzy--we appreciate you!

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  13. I can't wait to try making this for dinner! It sounds amazing!

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  14. Two great classics together...YUM! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy and congratulations on being one of his week's features!

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  15. I'm a beginning cook ... Is ground chicken just cooked chicken that you put in the food processor ?

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    1. That would work, but getting the right texture might be a challenge. You should be able to find it in the meat case or your grocer's butcher could grind some for you. Otherwise ground turkey would work and we are planning to try a ground beef version tomorrow, kind of like a stuffed meatball!

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  16. Nobody else asked this question so, I suppose I'm reading this wrong but - do you leave this loaf wrapped in plastic wrap when it goes into the oven? The recipe says to wrap it in plastic and then place it on the pan 'seam side down'. I didn't think you could put plastic wrap in a 350 degree oven. Excuse my ignorance but, that's why I'm asking. lol

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    1. Definitely take it off. It just makes it a bit easier to roll the meatloaf around the cheese if you use the plastic wrap to keep it all together. There is a video above the recipe card that may help show how it's done as well. :-)

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  17. Ah, never mind, I re-read it and understand now. Duh lol

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    1. =) It definitely helps keep it together, but you don't want to cook it! I hope you enjoy the meatloaf!

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  18. This looks great, Carlee! I'm going to make this! Pinned! And thanks so much for participating in Friday Frenzy! <3 P~

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  19. Love this meatloaf! That melting cheese is taking my breathe away! Also, love the combo of pesto and marinara!

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    1. Melty cheese makes the world go round ;-) Thank you!

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  20. Chicken and parm, in meatloaf form!? This is amazing and completely irresistible - a great recipe!

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  21. What an interesting take on meatloaf!

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  22. Wow! I love that you get the best of two worlds in this dish!

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  23. Why not! I've never heard of chicken meatloaf and congratulations on the feature! I'm sure people will love this!

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    1. Thank you so much! We love this combination =)

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  24. I can totally see why this was a loved post. Wow! I have to see how I can work this in to this weekend's menu, Carlee.

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    1. Thank you Camilla! I hope you and your gang love it!

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  25. Thank you, I'm trying to find recipes to entice my guys into eating ground chicken. They both love chicken parm, so I think this will be a winner!

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    1. I am sure it will be! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  26. I love twists on the classics like this one. I definitely have to put this one on the menu!

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    1. Me too, I think it's fun to combine two familiar things and make something new!

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  27. Oh my goodness gracious - this sounds amazing!

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  28. this is such a good idea! I'm adding this to my recipes to try list!

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  29. This sounds amazing! We love meatloaf and chicken parm, so this will be a big hit at our house! Yum!

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