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When I first started as a personal chef, I had no experience. As in none, nada, zip. Sure, I’d watched a ton of Food Network and read every book ever published by Cooks Illustrated but I was fresh out of college, (for something entirely different than cooking) and had never cooked for anyone other than friends and family, and definitely had never run a business. So with a bit lot of naivete and a leap of faith, I started my own business.

The first job I got was cooking for a family, making dinner, three nights a week. I couldn’t have asked for better first clients. Not only did I gain the confidence and experience I so desperately needed but I met an amazing family who showed me the true meaning of loving fiercely. Almost 10 years later, we’re still dear friends.

This ground chicken meatloaf is one of their family recipes and it was one of the first things Liz asked me to cook for them. It quickly became a favorite and I still make it often for my own family. It’s comfort food without being too heavy or filling. The cubes of cheddar cheese melt while cooking so when you cut a slice of the hot meatloaf you get oozing cheesy deliciousness. My husband and I fight to get the end pieces where the cheese browns on the edges of the pan. The only change I’ve made from Liz’s original recipe is adding some fresh garlic to the meatloaf and topping it with a sweet and spicy ketchup sauce. It’s a glaze that my mom always put on her meatloaf. It always was and still is my favorite part.

Lastly, I feel the need to apologize that I don’t have a picture of the meatloaf plated. I made this while my husband was out of town. The kids and I ate it for dinner and went to bed early. I had every intention of taking pictures of the leftovers the next morning but the Mr. got home late night and saw 1/2 of a meatloaf in the fridge. The rest, my friends, is history.

Chicken Meatloaf

A twist on meatloaf using ground chicken breast, diced cheddar cheese and lots of pantry spices. It's one of our families out to meals and I make it at least once a month. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 generous tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 4 oz diced cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup ketchup, brown sugar and dried mustard; set aside.
  3. In a small saute pan, heat olive oil and saute onion and bell pepper for about 2 minutes. Add minced garlic, dried oregano and pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for one minute more and remove from heat. Combine bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg slightly. Add 1 tablespoon ketchup, worcestershire sauce, ground chicken, cubed cheese, bread crumb mixture and sauteed peppers and onions. Season with a generous pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Mix all ingredients together taking care not to over mix.
  5. Put chicken mixture in a standard loaf pan. Top with brown sugar/ketchup mixture.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes.
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16 Responses to Chicken Meatloaf

  1. Does this ever sound good. I love the sound of meatloaf with hunks of melted cheese.

  2. Maria says:

    Great dinner for any night of the week!

  3. Asiya says:

    I made this tonight and we LOVED it! A refreshing change from our usual Indian food. Thx for sharing such a great recipe!

  4. jenny says:

    I made this for the second time tonight and it is so yummy, delicious, and moist! A home run for the kids, too! Thank you!

  5. su says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I love the topping and always wondered how to make it. We NEVER ate meatloaf growing up. lol!

  6. Talea says:

    This is my second time making it and my family loves it! This will be the only recipe I refer to for chicken meatloaf!

  7. Julie says:

    I came across this after a google search so I made it for dinner tonight. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS! The only change I made was I reduced the amount of cheese but that was due to a lack of cheese in my fridge. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. Alison says:

    This is one of those dish where you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything because there are so many fab textures and flavours! 😀

  9. Harry says:

    Great idea to try! I think this recipe is perfect for this weekend. My kids love it a lot. Thank for sharing!

  10. Patricia says:

    Absolutely fantastic! I’ll never make my meatloaf any other way now! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Shirley says:

    Great recipe and love the topping…it is same one we use on all our meatloaves…grew up with it!

  12. Hanna says:

    Awesome receipt! Thank you, I just love it.

  13. Diane McGill says:

    Question: Did you mean dried or fresh breadcrumbs in your chicken meatloaf recipe?

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