½teaspooncracked black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a rimmed baking sheet.
In a large bowl combine ground chicken, egg, panko, Italian seasoning/Herbs de Provence, garlic, onion powder, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Mix ingredients well (I do this by hand).
Scoop mounds of the chicken mixture into your hands, then roll in your palms to shape into a ball.
Place chicken meatballs at least 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until outside is browned. Allow to cool slightly before serving plain, or in your favorite entrees.
Protein substitutions: you can easily swap the ground chicken for ground turkey, beef, or pork!How to serve: these meatballs are amazing plain, straight from the oven! They go great with marinara, alfredo, or gravy. I also love to serve them in curry, pasta, with Asian noodles, or with this sauce over rice or couscous.