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Ground Chicken Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs

Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with spatula on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

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This is the most delicious, juicy, and flavorful Ground Chicken Meatloaf that’s a perfect go-to family dinner main dish!  It takes just 10 minutes prep time to put together and 45 minutes to bake with no fuss at all! 

Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with spatula on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Who doesn’t like meatloaf? Even if you think you don’t like meatloaf, you probably do. In fact, my Easy Beef 5-Ingredient Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs is the most popular recipe on this blog! But you may not always, or maybe ever, want beef and that’s where this healthy Ground Chicken Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs comes in! This recipe takes chicken and infuses it with huge flavor!

The Chicken, along with garlic, onions, worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, and ketchup is so moist and delicious. When using ground chicken, you really have to add lots of flavorful ingredients. The garlic and onions bring moisture and flavor since chicken has very little natural flavor. The Worcestershire brings unami, that something special. And the parmesan gives it a fantastic nutty and cheesy backdrop. It takes just minutes to put together and 45 minutes to bake with no fuss at all!

Make this for a perfectly easy and delicious main dish for family dinner.

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Easy Ground Chicken Meatloaf with Simple Ingredients!

All ingredients on counter for Ground Chicken Meatloaf. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Fridge or Fresh Ingredients

  • Ground Chicken breast, white meat
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Onion, diced
  • Egg
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Pantry Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with spatula on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Ground Chicken is a Lean Substitute for Beef

I’ve always looked for leaner protein options in my cooking, but it took some convincing for my husband to agree that ground chicken could be just as delicious as ground beef.  When I completed my studies at Cornell for a Certification in Nutrition and Healthy Living, it gave me a bit more leverage to convince him.  Ground white meat chicken has 26 grams of protein, 110 calories in a 4 ounce serving and 0 grams of fat.  On the other hand, 90% lean ground beef has 32 grams of protein, but 260 calories in a 4 ounce serving and 13 grams of fat.  

By the numbers, you are still getting a good amount of protein and saving half of the calories with the chicken.  However, I knew that he would only truly be sold on leaner ground chicken if I could make it taste amazing! 

And so, I have created many super flavorful ground chicken recipes, such as Ground Chicken Dan Dan Noodles!  Or how about this Easy Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers recipe with Ground Chicken?  Another favorite recipe is for these Greek Chicken Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce.  Oh, and one of my most versatile recipes that goes into so many dinners, is my Easiest Ground Italian Chicken Sausage Recipe!

Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with fork and a piece on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

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Recipe Equipment Needed

For this recipe, you need a standard loaf pan, about 9 inches by 5 inches.  

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

Time Saving Prep-Ahead Steps for this Recipe

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F if you are moving directly into cooking steps. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil for easy removal of the meatloaf after it is cooked.

Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic.

In a large mixing bowl, add the raw ground chicken, diced onion, minced garlic, worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and black pepper. Mix all ingredients together with a fork in the large bowl.

Once mixed thoroughly, mix in the grated parmesan cheese.

Raw ground chicken, diced onion, egg, and ketchup in a bowl for Ground Chicken Meatloaf. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Form a loaf in the loaf pan with the meatloaf mixture. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup Ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. At this point, you can cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

Spoon spreading ketchup over the top of raw Ground Chicken Meatloaf in a loaf pan that's lined with aluminum foil. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Cooking Steps for Ground Chicken Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F if you haven’t already done so.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan, cut and serve. Enjoy!

Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with spatula on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Ground Chicken Meatloaf Recipe FAQS

Can I make this Ground Chicken Meatloaf ahead?

You can store the uncooked meatloaf in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Just be sure to wrap it really well to prevent air from getting in.  Or freeze it for up to 5-6 months, again sealed as well as you can.

Is this Meatloaf with Ground Chicken Gluten Free?

This Ground Chicken Meatloaf Recipe is Gluten Free, assuming that you check all ingredients, including the ketchup to ensure they are also gluten free.

Is this a Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe?

This Ground Chicken Meatloaf without Bread crumbs is considered low carb. It only has 11 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Can I use ground turkey instead of chicken in this recipe?

You can definitely substitute ground turkey in this meatloaf recipe.  The cooking time will be the same. 

What can I use in place of grated Parmesan Cheese?

Parmesan cheese is added to this meatloaf recipe in place of breadcrumbs to help bind the meat mixture. If you want to use a substitute, you can of course use breadcrumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs. You can also use cheddar, manchego, or other hard cheese if you don’t have parmesan.

Can I add other ingredients?

Sure!  I tried to keep this recipe as simple as possible, but there are lots of other ingredients that would be great additions!  Chopped parsley (1/4 cup) is great for added brightness and color.  A finely diced jalapeno would be delicious for a kick.  Red or Green pepper would also be delicious.  I created a delicious variation on this recipe you can check out – 5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf

What should I serve with this Meatloaf?

I love to serve something healthy, but flavorful with this Meatloaf.  My favorite side for this is my Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash!  My next favorite side is my Cheesy Cauliflower Rice!  Of course, you can also go with more traditional mashed potatoes.  And if you want really decadent, try this Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole!  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Ground Chicken Meatloaf

This is the most delicious, juicy, and flavorful Ground Chicken Meatloaf that’s a perfect go-to family dinner main dish! This recipe takes chicken and infuses it with huge flavor from garlic, onions, worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, and ketchup. It takes just 10 minutes prep time to put together and 45 minutes to bake with no fuss at all!

Course

Main Course
Cuisine

American
Keyword

chicken, ground chicken, meatloaf

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Servings 4 servings
Calories 301 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16
    oz
    Ground Chicken
    white meat
  • 1
    cup
    Parmesan Cheese
    grated
  • 1/2
    cup
    Onion
    diced
  • 1
    Large Egg
  • 1/2
    cup
    Ketchup – divided 1/4 for mixing in and 1/4 for topping
    See notes for Homemade Ketchup Recipe Link
  • 1/2
    tsp
    Salt
  • 1/2
    tsp
    Ground Black Pepper
  • 3
    teaspoons
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Garlic Powder

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F if you are moving directly into cooking steps. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil for easy removal of the meatloaf after it is cooked.

    All ingredients on counter for Ground Chicken Meatloaf. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.
  2. Finely dice the Onion
  3. In a large bowl, add the raw ground chicken, diced onion, minced garlic, worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and black pepper. Mix all ingredients together with a fork. Once mixed thoroughly, mix in the grated parmesan cheese.

    Raw ground chicken, diced onion, egg, and ketchup in a bowl for Ground Chicken Meatloaf. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.
  4. Form a loaf in the loaf pan. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup Ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. At this point, you can cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 5-6 months.

    Spoon spreading ketchup over the top of raw Ground Chicken Meatloaf in a loaf pan that's lined with aluminum foil. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F if you haven't already done so.

  2. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 F.

  3. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan, cut and serve with roast or mashed potatoes or salad. Enjoy!
    Ground Chicken Meatloaf with ketchup on top sliced and fanned out on plate with spatula on side and towel next plate. It's a perfect family dinner main dish!  10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake.

Recipe Notes

  1. Click for Homemade Ketchup Recipe
  2. Storage – You can store the uncooked meatloaf in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just be sure to wrap it really well to prevent air from getting in. Or freeze it for up to 5-6 months, again sealed as well as you can.
  3. This Ground Chicken Meatloaf Recipe is Gluten Free, assuming that you check all ingredients, including the ketchup to ensure they are also gluten free.
  4. This Ground Chicken Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs is considered low carb. It only has 11 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
  5. You can substitute ground turkey in this meatloaf recipe. The cooking time will be the same.
  6. Parmesan cheese is added to this meatloaf recipe in place of breadcrumbs to help bind the meat mixture. If you want to use a substitute, you can of course use breadcrumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs. You can also use cheddar, manchego, or other hard cheese if you don’t have parmesan.