Meatloaf is a traditional American comfort food, often times made with a mixture of ground beef, pork and veal. But for a different twist, I decided to make a meatloaf with ground chicken instead. My inspiration was the ever popular Chicken Parmesan. Using ground chicken, I made this Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf in the Instant Pot and it has now become the favorite meatloaf recipe at our house!
My husband isn’t much of a meatloaf fan. His previous experience with meatloaf growing up weren’t very good and he tries to eat beef sparingly anyway. So when I had some ground chicken to work with, I figured I’d try making a chicken meatloaf in hopes I could open his mind to meatloaf again. It’s a good thing I did! I was inspired by Chicken Parmesan – chicken, Italian spices, Parmesan cheese… how could this combination go wrong? I seasoned the ground chicken with a few dry spices, added some shredded cheese and formed it into a loaf. Before baking, I topped it with a homemade tomato sauce. Just before serving, I topped the meatloaf with a blend of shredded Italian cheeses and baked it again until the cheese melted. It was delicious and probably a lot easier to make than chicken Parmesan itself! This dish went especially well with Scalloped Tomatoes. If you’re looking for a new meatloaf recipe to try, this may be one to consider! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can check out my traditional cooking version here along with freezer meal directions!
original Joelen recipe
3-4 mini loaf pans
1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
minced parsley for garnish
Plug in the IP with insert set in place.
Press MANUAL on the IP and insert the trivet; add 1 cup of water.
Place the loaf pans onto the trivet.
Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 15 minutes on HIGH pressure.
Once at pressure, the display will reflect 15 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.
Preheat your broiler as you wait for the pin to drop and all pressure is released from the IP.
Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).
Remove the meatloaf pans from the IP and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese.
Place the meatloaves in the preheated oven and broil until the cheese is melted.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.