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These French onion chicken meatballs are the best thing to happen to ground chicken. Deliciously flavored and smothered in a caramelized onions and gruyere cheese. They make a great appetizer and an even more delicious dinner!

French Onion Chicken Meatballs served on small appetizer sized plates.

Are you looking for a delicious homey feeling appetizer or dinner recipe?

Look no further than these delicious French onion chicken meatballs! They are juicy, packed full of delicate flavor, swimming in an onion and white wine sauce, and topped with lots of melted Gruyere cheese.

This is obviously a rip on the classic French onion soup but made in a delicious meatball form.

And you all know how much I love ground chicken so I knew it was the perfect ground protein for this recipe.

And if you’re a fan of meatballs you’re going to love how easy this dish is to make.

While you do have to take some time to caramelize the onions it’s worth the wait. They turn out so deliciously sweet and pair perfectly with the chicken meatballs.

Trust me, if you’re in the market for a new delicious showstopper of a recipe this is the one for you!

French Onion Chicken Meatballs in a pan being scooped out.

How do I make French onion chicken meatballs?

Making this recipe is super easy and packs a punch in the flavor department.

  • Ground chicken – a simple ground protein that is low in fat and usually cheaper per pound than ground beef or ground turkey.
  • Panko bread crumbs – if you can’t find panko bread crumbs you can use traditional bread crumbs in place.
  • Grated Gruyere cheese – you can find Gruyere cheese in most cheese departments at your local grocery store.
  • Egg – this helps hold the meatballs together.
  • Fresh thyme – the main herb flavor found in this recipe and traditional French onion soup.
  • Garlic – fresh, delicious, who doesn’t love garlic?
  • White wine – a light delicious flavor that helps make your broth.
  • Chicken stock – part of your broth and full of flavor that matches your meatball protein.
  • Yellow onion – when cooked down become sweet and delicious!

What’s French onion soup?

French onion soup is a delicious soup made from onions, stock, fresh herbs, and topped with melty cheese and crusty bread.

It’s super comforting and can be found in most cafes and restaurants.

French Onion Chicken Meatballs served on a plate.

What is ground chicken?

Ground chicken is just what it sounds like – chicken that is ground.

It’s softer in texture than ground beef which is why you typically have to add things like bread crumbs and egg to help bind the mixture for meatballs.

It is also low in fat and can handle a lot of added flavor. Ultimately it’s my favorite ground protein.

What’s the best cheese to use?

I used Gruyere cheese for this recipe which is the classic French onion soup cheese.

However, if you can’t find Gruyere there are lots of other options!

  • Good quality shredded Swiss cheese like Jarlsberg or Emmentaler.
  • Raclette cheese is a great option if you can find it.
  • Edam cheese is another tasty option that can be found at most cheese shops.
  • Provolone cheese is your best “find anywhere” option.
French Onion Chicken Meatballs in a pan topped with cheese.

How do I serve French onion chicken meatballs?

I love nothing more than just scooping them into a bowl and devouring it as it BUT here are a few other delicious ideas.

  • Serve them over mashed potatoes for a rich and hearty winter dinner meal.
  • Put them on toasted bread to make little mini French onion chicken meatball sliders or subs.
  • Wrap them in butter lettuce for a low carb way of enjoying.
  • Top them over butterned egg noodles for a classic way of serving.
French Onion Chicken Meatball cut in half on a plate with a fork.

How do I store leftover chicken meatballs?

Any leftover meatballs and onion sauce you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

I typically reheat this recipe in the microwave but you can do it on the stovetop too. Just add a little extra chicken stock to help the sauce not dry out.

Can I freeze ground chicken meatballs?

Yes! But I highly recommend freezing the onion mixture and meatballs separately.

Freeze the cooked chicken meatballs on a flat surface and after they are frozen put them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag to store for up to 3 months.

To eat, let them defrost in the refrigerator and then reheat via the oven, microwave, or by letting it warm on the stovetop.

You can also freeze the raw meatballs, let them defrost in the fridge, and then bake in the oven following the directions on the recipe card.

For the onion mixture, I would freeze in an airtight container, defrost in the fridge, and reheat via the stovetop. Or you can make the onion mixture fresh for each batch of frozen chicken meatballs.

French Onion Chicken Meatballs in a round pan.

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French Onion Chicken Meatballs

French Onion Chicken Meatballs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These French onion chicken meatballs are the best thing to happen to ground chicken. Deliciously flavored and smothered in a caramelized onions and gruyere cheese. They make a great appetizer and an even more delicious dinner!


For meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

For sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds yellow onions, peeled, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese


For meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add ground chicken, minced garlic, egg, shredded cheese, panko bread crumbs, tomato paste, and fresh thyme.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Shape into 2 tablespoon-sized balls and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until they are 165 degrees F internally.
  6. While the meatballs bake start the onion mixture.

For sauce:

  1. In a high-sided 12-inch skillet add butter and place over medium-high heat.
  2. When the butter is melted add the onions, garlic, and thyme.
  3. Saute until the onions are soft and tender, about 25 minutes. If the onions start to burn lower the heat to medium.
  4. Pour in the white wine, scrape up any bits that may have stuck to the bottom of the pan, and simmer until the wine has cooked down, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock and let simmer until the mixture is thickened to your liking. I like for the onions to be wet but not swimming in stock. This makes for a lovely gravy if you're pouring over mashed potatoes or noodles. If you want to serve them on a roll let the sauce cook down more.
  6. Add the baked meatballs to the onion mixture, top with cheese, and let the cheese melt. I usually do this by topping the skillet with a lid or you can place it under a broiler for a quick melt.
  7. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 911Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 294mgSodium: 1296mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 61g

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Tuesday 12th of April 2022

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Nancy Rogan

Thursday 16th of September 2021

It seems part of the sauce recipe is missing? Sounds delicious, just want to be sure I make it right!


Sunday 19th of September 2021

Thank you! Fixed!

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