Garlic Herb Chicken Meatloaf

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It's starting to stay lighter and lighter each night, which can only mean that spring is upon us! I love this time of year: flowers begin to bloom, there's more sunlight, and way more activities to do with my family. It also means more time doing things versus spending hours in the kitchen making intricate recipes. One of the things that draws me to the kitchen is creating recipes that are easy, accessible by anyone who wants to cook, and recipes that are good for meal prepping. This chicken meatloaf checks all those boxes, and then some!

Where did the term 'meatloaf' come from?

The meatloaf originated in Pennsylvania by German settlers who combined pork and cornmeal to form a loaf. It's come a long way since then, and has taken on a variety of different forms. Ground beef, turkey, a combination of ground meats, mini loaves, meatloaf cups, open faced sandwiches. The meatloaf we know of today has transformed into a delicious, flavorful, comfort food and I am here for it.

How is a meatloaf different than meatballs?

Technically, you can make a meatloaf out of a traditional meatball recipe. Instead of forming balls from the meat mixture, you would shape the meat into a loaf form on a baking sheet. This is what I love about making recipes as easy as this one, because one recipe could essentially turn into two! Sometimes, I'm just too lazy to make miniature meatballs, so a meatloaf it is!

What are the ingredients to make a chicken meatloaf?

This particular recipe is a garlic and herb chicken meatloaf and it is THE most tasty meatloaf you'll ever make. This chicken meatloaf is low in calorie, low in carb, and uber high in flavor.

  • Ground chicken: If you're not a fan of ground chicken, feel free to swap for ground beef or turkey.
  • Egg: we use just one egg as a binding agent.
  • Parmesan cheese: adds flavor and also helps with moistness and binding.
  • Breadcrumbs: Swap these out for gluten free, or leave out entirely for a paleo-style meal!
  • Worcestershire Sauce: It's a classic in meatloaf and meatball recipes.
  • Seasonings: I love Primal Palates Garlic Herb seasoning blend, but you can easily find other varieties of this in your local grocery store.

How do you make this chicken meatloaf?

It all starts by bringing the cold ingredients to room temperature, including the ground chicken. Using very cold meat will cause the meat to get touch when combined, so you want to take the ground meat of out the fridge at least 20-30 minutes before making this recipe. The same goes with the egg and parmesan cheese. Preheat the oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil Place the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic herb seasoning into a large bowl. Mix to combine the ingredients, but just until everything is incorporated, try not to over-mix. Pour the meat mixture onto the lined sheet pan and form into a loaf. Top the loaf with extra seasoning. Place the meatloaf in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes. Add a side of mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and you've got the best and easiest dinner for any day of the week.

Run, don't walk to the store to grab some ground chicken, a garlic herb seasoning, and throw on some happy music while you cook (with a margarita) and enjoy dinner. A bonus? Leftovers make for the best lunch the next day, and won't warm up and go dry. TRUST ME. Happy spring!

Garlic Herb Chicken Meatloaf

You can't go wrong with a meatloaf, especially when it's this flavorful! This garlic herb chicken meatloaf is juicy, tender, and incredibly easy to make ahead of time. With this recipe, no need to stress about weeknight dinners!

Author:
Morgan

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • ⅓ cup breadcrumb
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp garlic herb seasoning (any brand)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • Extra seasoning for top of meatloaf

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Place the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic herb seasoning into a large bowl.
  • Mix to combine the ingredients, but just until everything is incorporated, try not to over-mix.
  • Pour the meat mixture onto the lined sheet pan and form into a loaf. Top the loaf with extra seasoning.
  • Place the meatloaf in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes.

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