This simple sweet basil sauce and cheese-stuffed chicken meatballs are definitely the easiest thing you’ll make all day. Bonus: it will make your apartment smell amazing and your roommates think you’re a five-star chef.

It’s also a great way to use up all of that oatmeal sitting in the back of your cabinet. I see no downsides here. You won’t either, trust us.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Meatballs in Sweet Basil Marinara

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:6
  • Easy


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 package of fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons of parsley
  • 2 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats (or blended oats)
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 4 oz goat cheese
Photo by Shalayne Pulia
  • Step 1

    Pour sauce, paste, 2 tablespoons of parsley, chopped fresh basil, garlic salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper and olive oil into a large pot over medium heat.

    Photo by Shalayne Pulia
  • Step 2

    Combine chicken, 1/2 cup oatmeal, remaining parsley, Parmesan cheese, egg, 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper and 3 sprigs chopped basil in a bowl. Mash with your hands.

    Photo by Shalayne Pulia
  • Step 3

    Roll into 1-inch balls and stuff with goat cheese.

    Photo by Shalayne Pulia
  • Step 4

    Roll tightly and drop into marinara sauce pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and balls are firm.

    Photo by Shalayne Pulia
  • Step 5

    Serve with Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil.

    Photo by Shalayne Pulia