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Barbeque chicken meatloaf is a flavorful and moist weeknight dinner recipe. Ground chicken is combined with spices, breadcrumbs, and your favorite barbecue sauce to create a chicken meatloaf recipe that is simple and delicious. A perfect comfort food the whole family will love.

two white plates with chicken meatloaf and broccoli with forks beside

Meatloaf is just one of those comfort food recipes that everyone loves.

If your kids love meatballs, then you definitely need to try meatloaf in your meal plan! Explain how meatloaf is just a big serving of meatballs, and this particular has great flavor and topped with your favorite bbq sauce!

I use ground chicken breast for this recipe, but you could also use ground turkey if you wish. You could also serve these in meatball form, too, if you think that would help them enjoy it more.

Other meatloaf recipes:

chicken meatloaf on platter with slices beside

How to make this meatloaf

This easy ground chicken recipe is perfect for weeknight meals! For the full set of directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet (affiliate link) with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, panko bread crumbs, freshly grated parmesan cheese, egg, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix just until combined, do not over mix.
  3. Place the meatloaf mixture onto the prepared baking pan, spreading it in a thin log about 4″ across and the length of the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, and then brush the top of the meatloaf with the remaining barbecue sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
  5. Let the meatloaf rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy!
mixing chicken meatloaf mixture

Prepping ahead of time

This ground chicken meatloaf is a great prep ahead meal. It reheats really well, which makes it perfect for busy nights.

Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave until warm, about 1 minute.

Hint: Leftovers make an amazing meatloaf sandwich, too!

What can I serve with this meatloaf?

Serve this meatloaf with your favorite sides, like colcannon mashed potatoes and easy roasted broccoli.

chicken meatloaf with bbq sauce with bowl of broccoli beside it

How to make this homemade meatloaf kid friendly 

Is barbecue meatloaf kid friendly? You bet it is! With its great texture and flavor, kids will definitely love this. Serve with extra bbq sauce on the side for kids who love to dip things.

If your kids need some extra help learning to love this meal, try the following tips for dinner conversations and how to invite your kids to cook with you.

Dinner conversations with kids

How we discuss our food with our children often changes the way they see (and react to) the food we eat. If your kids aren’t overly excited about trying new foods, try these conversation starters with them:

  • What does the taste of this meatloaf remind you of?
  • What colors do you see on your plate? What other foods should we serve with this meal to make it more colorful?
  • How do you think we could make this meatloaf better?

Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.

two plates of broccoli and chicken meatloaf with forks and napkins

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Yield: 6 servings

BBQ Chicken Meatloaf Recipe

two plates of chicken meatloaf with broccoli beside platter of meatloaf

Barbeque chicken meatloaf is a flavorful and moist weeknight dinner recipe. Ground chicken is combined with spices, breadcrumbs, and your favorite barbecue sauce to create a chicken meatloaf recipe that is simple and delicious. A perfect comfort food the whole family will love.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 cup unseasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chicken, bread crumbs, freshly grated parmesan cheese, egg, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix just until combined, do not over mix or your meatloaf will become tough.
  4. Place the meatloaf mixture onto the prepared baking pan, spreading it in a thin log about 4" across and the length of the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, and then brush the top of the meatloaf with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  6. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
  7. Let the meatloaf rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy!

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 227mgSodium: 1209mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 42g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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