Chicken Marsala Meatballs

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Rule #422: A little Marsala will make you holla.

I love me some Chicken Marsala. What makes the flavors even better is when they come in the form of Chicken Marsala MEATBALLS! They’re easy to make and taste even better the next day, just ask my hubs!

Chicken Marsala Meatballs

They’re savory little bites of comforting flavor. Our kids even gave their thumbs up!

air fryer Chicken Marsala Meatballs

air fryer recipe Chicken Marsala Meatballs

To Make the Chicken Meatballs

First, mix together 2 eggs, 1 tbs. chopped chives, and 1 cup of plain Panko breadcrumbs.

eggs chives and panko breadcrumbs

Then, add in 1 tsp. lemon zest, 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.

add lemon zest

Finally add in 2 lbs. of ground chicken. Mix until well combined.

add two pounds ground chicken

How to Cook the Chicken Marsala Meatballs

If you’re cooking your meatballs in the Air Fryer, preheat it to 380. Spray the basket with cooking spray, then scoop 1 tbs. portions of the meatball mixture, roll, and place in the basket. Be sure to leave space so the meatballs have room to cook evenly. I usually get 9 meatballs per batch, and I do about 3 batches total. Air Fry at 380 for 4 minutes, shake the basket, then bake an additional 4 minutes.

air fryer chicken meatballs

If you’re baking your chicken meatballs in the oven, preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil, and spoon 1 tbs. portions of the chicken mixture, roll, and place onto the baking sheet. Be sure to place them evenly to ensure they bake well. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes, or until fully cooked through.

How to Make Marsala Sauce

To make the Marsala Sauce to go with your Chicken Marsala Meatballs, melt 10 tbs. of unsalted butter in a Dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat. I realize this seems like a lot, but you’re making a big batch of meatballs. You’ll need a lot of sauce to go with those delicious bits!

melt butter

Then, sauté a chopped yellow onion (about 8 minutes), stirring occasionally.

saute onion

Third, pour in 2/3 cup of Marsala wine. This adds so much depth of flavor! Allow the sauce to reduce by half (about 4 minutes). This will make sure that the alcohol cooks off and is safe for kids.

add marsala wine

Next, sprinkle on 6 tbs. of all-purpose flour. This will be the thickening part of your sauce. Stir to combine.

sprinkle on flour

Then pour in 6 cups of unsalted chicken stock, stirring to combine. Don’t worry if the mixture appears lumpy; after simmering for a while, it will smooth itself out.

add chicken stock

Now, sprinkle in 1/2 tsp. each of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir your sauce together, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce comes together.

add salt and pepper

Pour in 4 tbs. of heavy cream and stir.

stir and simmer

Finally, add your cooked meatballs to the sauce. Stir, cover, and cook another 2 minutes.

add cooked meatballs

Serving Suggestions for Chicken Marsala Meatballs

I like to garnish our Chicken Marsala Meatballs with chopped chives or freshly chopped parsley. We serve ours over egg noodles or rice with a roasted vegetable or simple salad.

easy Chicken Marsala Meatballs

Oh these little bits of Marsala Madness are to die for! My husband even said that the leftovers were better than the first round! Feel free to freeze the cooked meatballs and make the sauce when you’re ready to eat, too.

Chicken Marsala Meatballs recipe air fryer


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Chicken Marsala Meatballs

Chicken Marsala Meatballs

Chicken Marsala Meatballs are a savory, delicious dinner recipe that encompasses all the flavor of traditional Chicken Marsala into ground chicken and a creamy sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 24 Meatballs
Calories 161 kcal



Ground Chicken Meatballs

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs chives chopped
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs plain
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 lbs ground chicken

Marsala Sauce

  • 10 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2/3 cup marsala wine
  • 6 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbs heavy cream


To Make the Chicken Meatballs

  • In a standing mixer or large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients (eggs through pepper). Whisk until well combined. Add in the ground chicken, mixing just until equally blended.
  • Scoop 1 tbs. of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining ground chicken.

To Cook in the Air Fryer

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 380. Spray basket with cooking spray. Evenly place meatballs in basket, leaving space in between (you will need to do 2-3 rounds of cooking). Bake at 380 for 4 minutes. Shake the basket to move the meatballs around. Bake another 4 minutes. Set cooked meatballs aside and keep warm while you make the sauce.

To Cook in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 400. Place meatballs, evenly-spaced, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes, or until fully cooked. Set cooked meatballs aside and keep warm while you make the sauce.

To Make the Marsala Sauce

  • In a large Dutch oven or skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until translucent, about 8 minutes. Pour in the marsala wine, stir, and allow to reduce by half (about 4 minutes). Sprinkle on the flour, stir to combine, and cook for 1 additional minute. Pour in the chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Stir, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. (If the sauce isn’t smooth, continue to stir and cook until it comes together.)
  • Reduce heat to low, then pour in the heavy cream and add the cooked meatballs to the pot. Stir, cover, and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked egg noodles or rice. Garnish with chopped chives or parsley.


Serving: 1MeatballCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 255mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary, and Pineapple House Rules makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Marsala Meatballs”

  1. 5 stars
    As soon as I saw these on Instagram, I knew I had to make them! They were fantastic! Easy Monday night dinner that made plenty. My picky 3 year old even loved. She snuck a noodle off my husband’s plate and ended up asking for her own serving, which she finished quickly!


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