5-Ingredient Mini Meatloaf Muffins

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Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are small bites with BIG flavor!  There are only 5 simple ingredients, but each serves a special purpose for texture and flavor.  Onions give moisture, flavor, and a little crunch.  Parmesan gives big salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup brings a richness and slight sweetness.  And egg binds it all together to create a beautifully set little muffin.  Finally, ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, rich, tangy, salty, and sweet glaze on top of each muffin.  They are perfect for making ahead and eating throughout the week…dinner for the kids, packing in lunches, or snack.  They’re also great to make for a weekend party appetizer too!

BTW, put practically anything in a mini muffin tin and my little one will eat it up!   

Meatloaf Muffins: Small Variation with BIG Benefits

These little meaty bites of love are an adaptation of one of my most popular recipes on the Talking Meals Blog, 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf.  It really surprised me actually.  Of all of the interesting, exotic, international cuisine options available, at the end of the day, people love comforting familiar foods.  And Meatloaf is definitely that, a comforting and familiar food.  Mini Meatloaf Muffins are even BETTER in a lot of ways!

Less Cooking Time.  The biggest difference is the cooking time.  The original recipe takes 60 minutes to cook, because it’s all in one loaf.  These little Mini Meatloaf Muffins only take 30 Minutes! 

Goodness in Every Bite.  The mini muffins are about 1-2 bites each.  That means you get the crunchy meatloaf outside with a bit of the delicious ketchup glaze in every bite!  No more fighting for the ends of the meatloaf.  

Kids LOVE these!   The fun mini muffin size and the delicious ketchup in each bite make these irresistible for kids.   

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Aside from a large mixing bowl, mini muffin tins are the only special cooking equipment you need for this one!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR MINI MEATLOAF MUFFINS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This recipe is so easy that there’s not much to prep ahead.  In fact, you can make these entirely ahead and reheat them later.  Therefore, I highly recommend you spend a few extra minutes on the weekend to make your own ketchup!  My super easy recipe uses honey and it’s delicious!  Check it how here homemade ketchup recipe, but feel free to use the store bought stuff!

Aside from making ketchup, it’s really just finely dicing the Onion.

HACK: Worried about crunchy onions in your meatloaf muffins?  Or, don’t have a fresh onion on hand?  Dice several onions in advance and freeze them in in a storage bag!  The onions will already be soft from being frozen and they cook beautifully.  You also always have freshly frozen onion on hand!  For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!

Mix all ingredients (except the 1/3 cup Ketchup reserved for the tops) together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper.

Ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Mixed meat ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

At this point, you can store the mixture in the fridge or continue on to cook.

COOK YOUR MEATLOAF MUFFINS 

Tear a small piece of bread off the size of the muffin tin bottoms and place it at the bottom. This will help to soak up the fat from the meat.  Using a small ice cream scoop, a tbsp measuring spoon or just a spoon, add about 2 tablespoons of the meatloaf mixture to each mini muffin slot.

Bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Spread the remaining Ketchup over the top of each of the meatloaf muffins.

Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.  Admittedly, coming right out of the oven, these are not the prettiest foods ever.  The juices and fat from the meat will start to cook out and over the top of the muffin.  But, they sure taste darn good! 

Pop each meatloaf muffin out using a fork.  Then pull off the bread from the bottom of each muffin.  You actually, don’t need to pull off the bread, but it’ll be soaked with meat fat and bit soggy.  

Cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Fork removing cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Hand holding cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Serve and Enjoy!

😍 Carrie

Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.

5-Ingredient Mini Meatloaf Muffins

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are small bites with BIG flavor!  There are only 5 simple ingredients, the recipe cooks in 30 minutes, and they are gluten free. Parmesan gives big salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze on top of each muffin.  They are perfect for dinner for the kids, packing in lunches, as a snack or party appetizer! #meatloaf #familydinner #kidsdinner #dinner #easydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, dinner, meatloaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 317 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz 90% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1/3 cup Onion finely diced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup for mixing with beef see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup for spreading on top of muffins - see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 5 slices Bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Finely dice the Onion.

  3. Mix all ingredients (except the 1/3 cup Ketchup reserved for the top together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper.

    Ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  4. Tear a small piece of bread off the size of the muffin tin bottoms and place it at the bottom. This will help to soak up the fat from the meat.

    Bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  5. Using a small ice cream scoop, a tbsp measuring spoon or just a spoon, add about 2 tablespoons of the meatloaf mixture to each mini muffin slot.

    Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  6. Spread the remaining Ketchup over the top of each of the meatloaf muffins.

    Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
    Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Pop each meatloaf muffin out using a fork.  Then pull off the bread from the bottom of each muffin.

    Hand holding cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Close up of Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

This Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, and a lick-the-pan cream sauce is is divine.  It’s also know in my house as Holy Crap, this is Good Chicken!  The chicken is seared for ultimate flavor.  Then the garlic and sun dried tomatoes give this deep italian flavor that’s nutty and slightly sweet.  The artichoke hearts bring a tangy creaminess.  All of this cooks in the creamiest cream sauce that’s thick, rich, and delicious.

It’s the kind of dish that you can always have the ingredients on hand in your pantry and and fridge to pull together last minute.  

Close up of Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes on plate with fork holding a bite and pan in background. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Easy & Healthy Skillet Dinner

We all know that in terms of meat, chicken is a great source of complete protein without the high fat or calories.  It also has a relatively neutral flavor so it’s a great for a quick dinner and takes on the flavors of what you add to it.   

We also have delicious and healthy artichokes in this recipe.  They provide Fiber AND protein and are packed with nutrients, Vitamins C and K, Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron just to name a few!  

Overall, you get 31.4g of protein and 6.4g of Fiber in this yummy recipe!

Other easy Chicken or Artichoke recipes to try:

Close up of Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR SKILLET ARTICHOKE CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Cut the Chicken breasts into 2 or 3 medium size pieces, each about 2″ x 2″. Then season both sides of each chicken piece with salt and pepper.

Strain the sun dried tomatoes over a bowl to reserve the flavorful olive oil for cooking later.   Then cut the tomatoes into small bite-size pieces.

straining sun dried tomatoes in olive oil for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Knife cutting sun dried tomatoes for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Strain the artichoke hearts and discard the water. Cut them into small bite-size pieces as well.

Chopped artichoke hearts for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Finally, mince the garlic.  If you are doing this prep a day or more ahead, then simply store the sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and garlic together and the chicken in the fridge separately.

That’s it for prepping ahead!

COOK YOUR SKILLET ARTICHOKE CHICKEN 

Preheat a large skillet.  Add a tsp of olive oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the preheated pan and then add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on one side until seared. Then flip and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes until seared. Then remove to a plate and set aside.

Seared chicken in skillet for Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Add another tsp of the olive oil, the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. Cook for a couple minutes stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Then stir in the flour until completely combined. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer , stirring until you see the sauce start to thicken.

Chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Adding flour to chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Flour mixed into chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Adding broth to chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Now it’s time to add back the chicken, then cover and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes.

Chicken added to artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Covered skillet with Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Finally, remove the cover, stir in the half and half, then add the fresh basil. 

Adding half and half to Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

SKillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes

This Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, and a lick-the-pan cream sauce is is divine.  It's also know in my house as Holy Crap, this is Good Chicken!  The chicken is seared for ultimate flavor.  Then the garlic, artichoke hearts, basil, and sun dried tomatoes give this deep italian flavor that's nutty, slightly sweet, and tangy.  All of this cooks in the creamiest cream sauce that's thick, rich, and delicious. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichokes, chicken, chicken dinner, cream sauce, easy dinner, skillet dinner, sun dried tomato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Chicken Breast, Skinless and Boneless
  • 3 oz Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1.5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 15 leaves Fresh Basil

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Cut the Chicken breasts into 2 or 3 medium size pieces, each about 2" x 2". Then season both sides of each chicken piece with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken pieces for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  2. Strain the sun dried tomatoes over a bowl to reserve the flavorful olive oil for cooking later. Then cut the tomatoes into small bite-size pieces. Strain the artichoke hearts and discard the water. Cut them into small bite-size pieces as well.

    straining sun dried tomatoes in olive oil for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Cook

  1. Preheat a large skillet. Add a tsp of reserved olive oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the preheated pan and then add the pre-seasoned chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on one side until seared. Then flip and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes until seared. Then remove to a plate and set aside.

    Seared chicken in skillet for Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  2. Add another tsp of the olive oil, the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. Cook for a couple minutes stirring so the garlic doesn't burn. Then stir in the flour until completely combined.

    Flour mixed into chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring until you see the sauce start to thicken.

    Artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  4. Now it's time to add back the chicken, then cover and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes.

    Chicken added to artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  5. Finally, remove the cover, stir in the half and half, then add the fresh basil. Serve and Enjoy!

    Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken