Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

By Rena |

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a lighter and healthier alternative to the traditional buffalo chicken wings. Tender chicken meatballs are easy to make, juicy, and so delicious. They can be enjoyed as a meal, a side dish, or as an appetizer for your guests.

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This easy chicken meatball recipe is made with ground chicken or turkey meat, baked until crispy and then tossed with a homemade buffalo sauce. Served with a creamy homemade blue cheese dip, super tasty and simple to make, and perfect to serve as is or serve guests as an appetizer for game day or parties.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN MEATBALLS

  • Start by preparing a dip, in a small serving bowl, whisk yogurt, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add crumbled blue cheese, gently fold and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Next preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Crack eggs into a bowl and lightly whisk for 30 seconds with a fork.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground meat, 1 cup panko, green onions, beaten eggs, and 1/3 cup of hot sauce. Add onion powder, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Using your clean hands, mix the meat until all the ingredients are incorporated and distributed evenly throughout the meat. You can also use a large wooden spoon or a spatula to mix.
  • Now rub your hands with some oil and pinch off a piece of meat mixture (about 1 tablespoon). Gently roll the meat between your palms to form 1-1/2-inch meatballs.

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  • Dip the meatballs into the remaining panko breadcrumbs, gently pressing to coat on all sides. Place the meatballs into the prepared baking tray and lightly spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Bake for 12 minutes until nicely golden brown. Remove from the oven and pour the remaining hot sauce on top.
  • Toss to coat evenly, place the dish back into the oven and bake for additional 5-6 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Serve the buffalo chicken balls with the blue cheese dip and your favorite veggie sticks. Enjoy!

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What to serve with chicken meatballs

This healthy buffalo chicken meatballs can get served as an appetizer, enjoyed as is, or served as a side dish or along with other sides to make it into a complete meal. Here are some ideas of things you can serve with chicken meatballs:

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How long to bake chicken meatballs

Chicken meatballs can be baked in the oven anywhere between 15-20 minutes at 400F. Make sure you spray the pan before adding the meatballs and then placing them in the oven to prevent the meatballs from sticking onto the pan.

Why are my meatballs tough

Any meats will shrink when cooked. It is no surprise that your meatballs came out tough if you didn’t use any binders like breadcrumbs.  Use binders like breadcrumbs or blended oats to keep them tender and moist.

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Buffalo chicken meatballs with blue cheese dipping sauce

Easy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Juicy meatballs made with ground chicken, panko and topped with a homemade buffalo sauce.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Chicken Meatballs

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken or turkey meat
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Cups Panko Breadcrumbs divided
  • 1 Cup Hot Sauce divided
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Onion
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley

Blue Cheese Dip:

  • ½ Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • ½ Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp White or Red Wine Vinegar
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional sides: celery, cucumber and carrot sticks

Instructions

  • Start by preparing a dip, in a small serving bowl, whisk yogurt, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add crumbled blue cheese, gently fold and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Next preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Crack eggs into a bowl and lightly whisk for 30 seconds with a fork. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground meat, green onions, 1 cup panko, beaten eggs, and 1/3 cup of hot sauce.
  • Add onion powder, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using your clean hands, mix the meat until all the ingredients are incorporated and distributed evenly throughout the meat.
  • You can also use a large wooden spoon or a spatula to mix. Now rub your hands with some oil and pinch off a piece of meat mixture (about 1tablespoon). Gently roll the meat between your palms to form 1-1/2-inch meatballs.
  • Dip the meatballs into the remaining panko breadcrumbs, gently pressing to coat on all sides.
  • Place the meatballs into the prepared baking tray and lightly spray with cooking oil spray. Bake for 12 minutes until nicely golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and pour the remaining hot sauce on top. Toss to coat evenly, place the dish back into the oven and bake for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Serve the buffalo balls with the blue cheese dip and your favorite veggie sticks. Enjoy!

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Notes

Notes:
  • Makes about 14-16 meatballs
  • Serving size is 2 meatballs
  • Use ground turkey in place of chicken for a substitute
 

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 1071mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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