Using wet, bare hands mix together chicken mince, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, bread crumbs and beaten egg. Shape into small meatballs wetting hands as necessary. Place on a greased baking tray.
Bake at 200 degrees C for approximately 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in oil until tender/clear in a large pot. Add water, stock, carrots, celery, parsnips, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 to 20 minutes. Add meatballs after 10 minutes.