Meatloaf... umm Meatmuffins... that sounds really gross

I like meatloaf, not everyone does, but I do. I informed John that we'd be having chicken meatloaf (he doesn't eat pig or cow) for dinner, he made a grossed out face and then said fine fine he'd eat it as long as it wasn't dried out. Obviously he doesn't know me very well, if it's dried out I'm not eating it either.
I learned some important lessons while making this. I like red meat meatloaf... I really don't like chicken meatloaf... John on the other hand ended up liking these a lot, so that was a bonus! In the future though when I'm craving meatloaf, I'm making the red meat version, but I'll keep all the rest of the mix-ins I used here. John will just have to fend for himself that night, or I'll have to make two batches one red, one chicken :)

I guess I can't call this meatloaf since I made them in a muffin tin. Hey it cut the cooking time down wickedly, these were done in 20 minutes flat! Fully cooked and not at all dry. Double bonus.
Sorry they aren't' really pretty to look at either... sorry my vegetarian and vegan friends.

Chicken Meatloaf Muffins
1 lb lean ground chicken (I grind my own with skinless chicken breasts trimmed of fat)
drizzle of olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
3-5 garlic cloves chopped
1 small can sliced mushrooms chopped (fresh works too I just didn't have any on hand)
1 slice of whole wheat bread cubed
1 tsp rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg lightly beaten
2 Tbs brown mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup plain fat free greek yogurt
BBQ sauce to coat the tops of the muffins - does that count as frosting? are these considered cupcakes now?

In a medium pan heat olive oil and cook onions and garlic until tender, remove from heat and let cool a bit. In a small bowl mix egg, rosemary, salt, pepper, mustard, and worcestershire sauce. In a large bowl with your hands gently mix together ground chicken, onions/garlic, mushrooms, bread. Pour in egg mixture and yogurt, gently toss to incorporate. Scoop into greased muffin tins and drizzle with BBQ sauce. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 when you poke into the center of one of the muffins.

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Jeanne said...

meatloaf gets such a bad rap. They can be gross, but they can also be awesome!! Meatloaf muffins are for sure the way to go! I make turkey ones all the time. But I don't think I've ever put yogurt in. Hmm...

Leslie said...

I love meatloaf (red - with pork, beef, and veal) but this looks tasty too.  Never heard of putting yogurt in, but I bet that helped with the moisture.

What do you use to grind your own meat?  Any particular product you'd recommend?

Tracy said...

I've never tried chicken meatloaf before; it sounds good though! Lately I've been replacing a lot of beef in our meals with ground chicken or turkey. Yum!

My mom always made it with that meat combo too! YUM! I have a kitchen aid stand mixer and I got the meat grinder attachment for it. It's super easy to use and comes apart easily to clean. Seriously love it. Ground lean turkey is $5.99 lb. and the ground chicken wegmans sells isn't lean at all so I just get a club pack of skinless chicken breasts normally $1.99 lb. trim off any extra fat, slice it into strips and run it through the grinder, sure it's more work but it saves so much money and the grind is so much nicer than what you buy in the store! You can even buy a sausage attachment and make your own sausages! hehe.

I like that cook so quickly! I stick with the red for my family but I'll have to try those add ins!

Leslie said...

Awesome idea.  I forgot they made an attachment for that.  I need to use my veggie shredder attachment more too...

Rachel said...

Can I be a vegetarian and love meatloaf too? It's one of the few red meat dishes I sometimes crave. When a craving strikes I make meatloaf for my husband, who never turns it down. I've never made it with chicken so I'll have to give these a try!

He he I think you can still be a vegetarian even if you crave meatloaf :) Fun that you make it for your husband when you are craving it though!

Charissa said...

I love this idea. Protein bites. I love how you use turkey meat over red meat..looks fantastic!

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