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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a little bit healthier than the typical buffalo wings, but with all the same flavor. They’re perfect for football watching parties or any weekday dinner!

(This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Meatballs was originally posted in July 2009, but was updated with new photos in 2019).

Overhead view of buffalo chicken meatballs topped with blue cheese and served with celery sticks with glass of white wine in the background and recipe title at top

I’m pretty sure that I could eat a buffalo-style food for every meal for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. And basically, by buffalo-style, I mean food doused in Frank’s Red Hot. Because to me, Frank’s Red Hot IS buffalo sauce and nothing else will do. I’m also pretty sure they put something highly addictive into it so that you’ll be hooked and will crave it at all hours of the day. But I’m totally OK with that. Is that bad?? All I know is that I need my buffalo fix as often as possible.

In any event, you can only eat so many buffalo wings before you realize they’re really not the healthiest food in the world and you should probably stop. So, you decide to make buffalo chicken meatballs instead. Not only are these baked instead of fried, but they’re made with all-white meat ground chicken, making them so much healthier than the typical buffalo wing recipe. Plus? You eat them with a fork, so they’re way less messy. Wins all around!

BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS RECIPE

As if you needed another reason to make these buffalo chicken meatballs, I have to add to the list of plusses that they’re so incredibly easy to make. You basically put almost all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix them together (with your hands!). Then you form them into golf ball sized meatballs and place them on a baking sheet. And then for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Collage showing process for making buffalo chicken meatballs, including all meatball ingredients in bowl, all ingredients mixed together and rolled into meatballs, and meatballs baked on baking sheet

Heat your hot sauce in a large skillet (like I said, I highly recommend Frank’s Red Hot here)  and when the meatballs are done baking in the oven, pop them into the skillet and coat with the hot sauce. Oh yes, so good. Don’t you want to dive right in?

Collage showing buffalo chicken meatballs sitting in hot sauce in pan and buffalo chicken meatballs coated in hot sauce in pan

And serve! With crumbled blue cheese on top, of course.  I’ve made these buffalo chicken meatballs quite a few times and always vary what I serve them with. The first time I made them, I was super confused as to what would be a good side for them, which is exactly how these Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes were born. I still stand by this decision wholeheartedly and think they really do make the perfect side fro meatballs.

But veggies also make a great side. Specifically, carrots and celery sticks, of course!

Overhead closeup view of buffalo chicken meatballs on plate with blue cheese and celery sticks

Much like the hot sauce on them, these buffalo chicken meatballs are seriously addictive. They’re incredibly tender and flavorful and I’m pretty sure I’d love them even without tossing them in the sauce. But come on, you need that deliciously spicy kick. And the perfectly cool bite from the blue cheese.

Landscape view of buffalo chicken meatballs on plate with blue cheese and celery sticks with glass of white wine in background

I am so excited to have this healthier alternative to buffalo wings and these buffalo chicken meatballs will likely remain in our regular meal rotation for many, many years. I absolutely love that they can be served as an entree or an appetizer. And really, they make the perfect food for a football party (just serve with little toothpicks!) and will be fabulous for all those upcoming Super Bowl parties.

Overhead view of buffalo chicken meatballs topped with blue cheese and served with celery sticks with glass of white wine in the background

Or just your next weeknight dinner. I mean, these really are so easy that they’re great for making when you get home after a busy day at work. Which really, is more than you can say about typical buffalo wings. See? These meatballs really are a dream come true!

If you love buffalo-style foods as much as I do, be sure to check out my recipes for Buffalo Chicken Chili and Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese.

5 from 1 vote
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs -- These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a little bit healthier than the typical buffalo wings, but with all the same flavor. They're perfect for football watching parties or any weekday dinner | wearenotmartha.com
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a little bit healthier than the typical buffalo wings, but with all the same flavor. They're perfect for football watching parties or any weekday dinner!

Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo, Chicken, Meatballs
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chicken (I recommend using all-white ground chicken breast)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (I recommend Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Combine ground chicken, onion, garlic, parsley, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and using your hands, mix together.

  3. Using about 2 tsp of chicken mixture at a time, roll in the palm of your hand to form a meatballs the size of golfballs. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees, until meatballs register at 165 degrees when a thermometer is inserted.

  4. Heat hot sauce in a large saucepan. When meatballs come out of the oven toss them in the sauce until fully coated.

  5. Serve meatballs with blue cheese crumbled over the top.

Recipe Notes
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14 Responses to "Buffalo Chicken Meatballs"

  1. Karena says:

    MMM! Love Frank’s and these meatballs look deeeelish! I love the new website too! Super cute 🙂

  2. Chris says:

    These were amazing.. one of new favorite meals!

  3. Kat says:

    These look great and I am looking forward to the blue cheese mashed potatoes. Love the new site!

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  9. Kristina says:

    These were amazing! I did add a handful of celery to the meatball mixture. They were a little hot for us and that was with halving the cayenne. We might leave that out next time.

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    I’m very excited to find this post. They’re on the menu for tomorrow. After taking them out of the oven, I’m going to reserve a few before putting them into the sauce, let them cool in the refrig and then slice them up to put on homemade pizza. I’m thinking a light coating of the hot sauce, 2% cheddar, and the sliced meatballs Of course the perfect end will be ranch to dip in.

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  14. Aimee Shugarman says:

    The perfect game day snack!

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