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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

[ 57 ] January 24, 2013 |

buffalo chicken meatballs

Buffalo wings + meatballs = match made in Heaven! These taste incredible…lick the plate good. So good, you’d think they’re bad for you.

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Go ahead – happy dance if you want.

These buffalo chicken meatballs are made with lean ground chicken and packed with healthy vegetables – whizzed through the food processor so you hardly notice them. What you do notice is that the meatballs are incredibly moist. There’s just enough blue cheese so you get that delicious tang, but not all the fat.

Adjust the hot sauce to your taste – I like a lot. You can use whichever brand you fancy – I personally adore Frank’s RedHot.

These are a perfect football snack – or party appetizer – or even a light dinner when you have a hot wing scratch that needs to be itched.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 28 meatballs

Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Gather

1 pound lean ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
2 green onions
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ounce crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (or your favorite), divided
1 tablespoon butter

Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  3. Cut the celery, carrot and green onion into large chunks and throw into a food processor.
  4. Pulse to chop into small bits.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, 1/2 the hot sauce and the blue cheese.
  6. Gently fold together to combine, but don't overmix.
  7. Form the mixture into small meatballs - you should get about 28 small meatballs.
  8. Place the meatballs on the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. While the meatballs are baking, put the rest of the hot sauce and the butter into a microwave safe dish.
  11. Microwave about 30 seconds, until butter melts.
  12. Stir well to combine.
  13. Remove the meatballs from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  14. Place the meatballs onto a serving dish and drizzle with butter/hot sauce mixture.
  15. Enjoy!

Nutrition

WW PP 4; Calories 157; Total Fat 8.7g; Saturated Fat 3.5g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 87mg; Sodium 741mg; Total Carbohydrates 5.8g; Dietary Fiber 0.6g; Sugars 0.8g; Protein 13.8g

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070138553 Jami Bova-Whitehead

    Do you think the panko crumbs are necessary for us that are low carb ? 5g of carbs for 4 little meatballs are a lot . It does sound pretty yummy though

    • Heather

      They are a binder…maybe you could sub something lower carb? Oats? You can definitely try them without the breadcrumbs though.

      • Denise R

        I wonder if you cooked cooked ahead and freeze

        • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

          Yes,Denise! I freeze them ever time (so I don’t eat them all at once)! Add the sauce after you defrost and heat!

          • Andrea

            This may sound stupid but do you use cooked shredded chicken or raw chicken?

          • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

            Raw, ground chicken. You could sub in ground turkey if you can’t find chicken! I’ve done it before!

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    • Jo

      Try crushing pork-rinds they are carb free

  • Alexandra Davis

    These really stay together? I tried another recipe that looks similar and they didn’t form into “balls” just sort of baked lumps :)

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Yes! I’ve made them twice and they are perfect!!

  • http://twitter.com/mommy2calyssa Julie Southern

    A friend of mine brought these to my Oscar party. A-MA-Zing. I’m on WW and I will be making them often, as they fit into my Plan nicely!

  • Meaghan

    I love this recipe! I’ve used it twice, haven’t changed a single thing about it!

  • Sallylynn

    My husband and I don’t like blue cheese…anybody have a suggestion for a cheese replacement? If not, can I just do without the cheese and still have it be tasty and consistent in texture? Thanks

    • SB

      Try Feta.. that seems like it would go well with this recipe

      • Tiffany Harkleroad

        I used cheddar, it was good!

    • shel

      ranch

    • Curator

      goat cheese… the other suggestions sound good too! also, ground Parmesan would also probably work.

    • Michael

      I put a tablespoon of ranch dressing instead and they were delicious

    • Brittany

      My husband and I just made these tonight and didn’t use anything and they were delicious!! We didn’t notice anything was missing and less calories!

  • Lynn Walker

    This sounds so yummy. I never thought to put blue cheese in with meatballs. And the fact they’re good for you, too! Yippee.

  • mortalcoil

    These look really good but I’m on a low-carb diet. I’m going to try leaving out the carrot to start. I’m also going to cut the panko crumbs in half and then freeze the meatballs for a few minutes so they’ll hold their shape in the oven. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • Dr. J.

      The carbs/sugar in a carrot have a negligible affect on blood sugar. You’re missing out on a great source of fiber by omitting it.

  • ccol

    mozzarella is a good cheese replacement thats what I use in buffalo chicken dip

  • Denise

    I just made these – very good! Tastes just like a buffalo chicken wing!

  • Waldent2

    My family and friends absolutely loved these. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  • Caroline

    Hi my boyfriend hates vegetables. Any chance I could leave out the carrot, celery, onion mix?

    • heather

      You can probably leave out the veggies, but it will significantly change the calorie count/amount of meatballs.

    • Desiree Warner

      Saute then puree the veggies. He’ll never know!

  • Stacie

    These were amazing. My husband and I love buffalo and these were prefect, I served these meatballs atop a bed of short cut noodles (butter and garlic) which was great especially with the buffalo dressing that was made. I also made them into burgers and cooked them on the griddle and served on a bun with a little mayo with the buffalo sauce and some deli kosher dills! Thanks for posting this recipe!!

  • Jan

    I made these yesterday for a potluck. Doubled the recipe. They were the first dish gone on the table. Fabulous!

  • Sgrplum12

    Mine were still raw after 20 min when I pulled them out if the oven which was set to 350 degrees. I had to put them back in for another 20 minutes. I searched for a similar recipe and found Martha Stewart has one and she recommends setting the oven at 450 degrees. Another recipe states 400. Does anyone think that 350 is too low for chicken to be cooked thoroughly? Am I the only person who ended up with uncooked meatballs? They smell amazing. I can’t wait to taste them, once they’re cooked all the way through!

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Mine turned out fine when I followed the directions. Did you maybe make them too large? How many did you end up with? You definitely don’t want to eat raw meatballs ;)

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      • Sgrplum12

        It made 23 meatballs, which is pretty close to the 24 the recipe yields.

        They were fantastic once cooked! Next time I will be cooking them at 400 to 450 degrees.

        • Misty911

          It actually said you would end up with 28 meatballs, not 24 so you probably made them too big. Mine were cooked through following the directions above.

  • HungryHungryHippo

    How small is a “small” meatball? Are we talking 1/2 inch? 1 inch? I am making these tomorrow so, I’d love a hint! Thanks :)

  • Tiffany Harkleroad

    I saw this recipe floating around Facebook, so I decided to come right to the source, and share your link. I eat gluten free, so I made my own GF breadcrumbs, and used cheddar as opposed to bleu cheese. They were delicious. Thank you for a wonderful new recipe!

  • Mariann Jurista

    These turned out great. I had to tweak the recipe a bit, being that we did not have any carrots or celery. I chopped up some water chestnuts and red pepper to sub for the other veggies( I like that the recipe had veggies in it). I did leave them in for an extra 10 minutes or so and then they were fabulous. I would totally make these again. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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  • Alyssa

    Anyone try this in crock pot?

    • heather

      I haven’t. I’m not sure how they’d do actually cooking in the crock, as there’s not a ton of liquid in the recipe. You could definitely keep them warm in a crock on the lowest setting though.

  • JimmyEM

    Weight watchers points is listed at 4. How many can you have to equal 4 points?

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      At the top of the recipe, it lists 4 meatballs as a serving :-)

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  • kristy

    Can You use chicken off the bone instead of ground meat? Ie, rotisserie chicken?

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      No, it wouldn’t work. The meat needs to be raw when you form it into meatballs or it won’t stick together!

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  • Dawn

    About how many cups is the veggie mixture once processed? I was thinking of subbing shredded zucchini. I shred and freeze leftover zucchini in 1 cup amounts at the end of summer and use in recipes all winter (meatballs, crabcakes, breads, etc.) It doesn’t change the taste as much but adds nutrients.

  • Desiree Warner

    Boyfriend is on a low sodium diet. Can I leave out the salt? I think the sodium in the cheese should be enough.

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Yes, I’m sure it will turn out just fine without the salt!

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  • kathy

    can these be made ahead of time and microwaved…. for a pot-luck at work?

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Yes! I always make a batch and reheat. Keep the sauce separate and put it on the side when you serve! You could also garish with celery and carrots…..

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  • MaryJo

    Made these tonight but I substituted ground turkey for the ground chicken(it was cheaper and more readily available here). They are amazingly delicious. Awesome recipe

  • Judy

    We don’t do hot sauce… any other ideas for sauces? This looks so great. Thanks so much for your great recipes and for including WW points… they are helping me greatly!!!

    • Heather

      You could try a bbq sauce maybe? Or omit the blue cheese and perhaps go with an Asian sauce? Plum or hoisin?

  • Judy

    Could you use BBQ sauce in place of the hot sauce? We don’t do a lot of hot stuff here. Thanks

    • Heather

      You could certainly try bbq sauce. I’m sure it’d still taste great. It will change the calorie count as bbq sauce tends to have quite a lot of sugar, though.

  • harley69d

    How about cooking in crock pot? On low maybe for 4 hours?

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