Chicken Meatloaf is a delicious dinner that is savory, flavorful, and so easy to make. Use ground chicken for a healthier twist on this classic American dish. This recipe is grain-free and low-carb since it’s made without breadcrumbs.

sliced chicken meatloaf with ketchup on top.

Meatloaf is such a comforting meal that is great for meal prepping. You can assemble the loaf up to several days in advance, and then bake it when you’re ready to eat it. You can even freeze uncooked meatloaf for up to several months before baking it.

This version using ground chicken breast is a lower-fat version of traditional meatloaf.

This recipe is made low-carb and keto-friendly using almond flour instead of breadcrumbs, sugar-free ketchup, and no brown sugar. Feel free to adapt the recipe to meet your family’s dietary needs!

Chicken Meatloaf Benefits

  • Chicken is a great alternative to ground beef, and is a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Because this Chicken Meatloaf uses almond flour as a binder instead of bread crumbs, this recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, and low in carbs. I’ve also left out any sugar from the recipe.
  • Even kids love this appetizing and tasty dinner. The moist meatloaf is one of my favorite family dinner recipes!

Ingredients

photo with labeled ingredients for chicken meatloaf.
  • Ground chicken is easy to find and is budget-friendly. Chicken is lighter than ground beef which is traditional for meatloaf. You might also like my Turkey Meatloaf Muffin recipe!
  • Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce add flavor and that classic meatloaf flavor. Be sure to use sugar-free ketchup for Whole30 or keto diets (you can also use tomato paste or a sugar-free barbecue sauce as an alternative).
  • Almond flour helps add texture to the chicken meatloaf and adds a bit of texture. Almond flour replaces breadcrumbs which people usually add to a meatloaf.
  • Egg also helps bind the mixture together.
  • Onion, parsley, dried garlic (garlic powder), salt, and black pepper all add more flavor to this chicken dish.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Steps

labeled photo with process steps for making chicken meatloaf using ground chicken.

Step One

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 

Step Two

Combine the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl or food processor and combine.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Transfer the mixture to your loaf pan and use a spatula to spread the meat mixture into all corners of the pan.

Bake the meatloaf for a cook time of 30 minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the oven and spread the ketchup on top. 

Step Four

Return the meat loaf to the oven to cook for another 35 minutes, until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads an internal temperature of 165°F.

Let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes in the pan before slicing it and serving it.

I hope your family agrees that this easy recipe is one of their favorite new recipes! The ground meat stays moist and is very flavorful in this recipe. So, the next time you need a healthy recipe, try this chicken loaf.

healthy chicken meatloaf served with roasted green beans.

Recipe Tips

  • If you aren’t on a dairy-free diet, feel free to add up to 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese to the meatloaf mixture.
  • You can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken, if you prefer.
  • Cooked meatloaf goes well with almost any vegetable as a side dish, including a salad, green beans, broccoli, or cauliflower mash.

Recipe FAQs

Does this meatloaf make good leftovers?

Yes! It almost tastes better the next day. Store the leftovers in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. Reheat before serving.

What are some other healthy additions to chicken meatloaf?

Healthy additions to chicken meatloaf include incorporating a variety of vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, carrots, and onions, which not only enhance the flavor but also increase the nutritional content with additional vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Herbs and spices such as garlic, thyme, and parsley can add flavor without extra calories or sodium.

up close picture of cooked chicken meatloaf on a plate.

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chicken meatloaf cooked and sliced on a cutting board

Healthy Chicken Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs

Chicken Meatloaf is a delicious dinner that is savory, flavorful, and so easy to make. Use ground chicken for a healthier twist on this classic American dish. This recipe is grain-free and low-carb since it’s made without breadcrumbs.

  • Total Time: 95 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (leave out for strict keto and Whole30 diets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup prepared ketchup (look for a brand with no added sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, almond flour, onion, egg, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Use your hands or a spatula to mix together the ingredients. Transfer the mixture to your loaf pan and use a spatula to spread the mixture into all corners of the pan.
  4. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the oven and spread the ketchup on top.
  5. Return the meatloaf to the oven to cook for another 35 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 165°F.
  6. Let the meatloaf cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before slicing it and serving it.
  7. Enjoy warm.

Notes

  1. Use a serrated knife as opposed to a Chef’s knife to cut the meatloaf into clean slices.
  2. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 day. Reheat before serving.
  3. You can assemble the loaf up to several days in advance, and then bake it when you’re ready to eat it. You can even freeze uncooked meatloaf for up to several months before baking it.
  4. You can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken, if you prefer.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Sodium: 424.2 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 23.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 142.8 mg

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