Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs make for a great appetizer or even a dinner for those who love spicy wings. These take no time to make, and soon you can enjoy an amazing bowl of meatballs.

Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate and in a pan.

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What Makes Buffalo Chicken Meatballs the Perfect Party Food? 

Spicy meatballs? Yes, please! This Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe is a mashup of two favorite appetizers: Buffalo wings and mini-meatballs. And it just might be better than either!

Serve these meatballs at a party and let your guests serve themselves, or use them as a part of a main course. Either way, these meatballs are anything but ordinary.

Why Should You Try This Recipe?

These meatballs are a super-simple dish that anyone can make. Double or triple the recipe and you have enough to feed a crowd!

Do you want to enjoy your party and not worry about serving your guest? These meatballs will stay piping hot in a slow cooker or chafing dish for hours and allow folks to help themselves.

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Ingredients 

For the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs sauce, you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Garlic, minced
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Feel free to swap out Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for the hot sauce you prefer.

For the ground chicken meatballs, you’ll need:

  • Ground Chicken
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Granulated garlic 
  • Panko-style breadcrumbs
  • Egg, beaten
  • Vegetable oil

If you don’t have Panko-stye breadcrumbs, use any unseasoned breadcrumbs. 

Buffalo chicken meatballs ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Baked Chicken Buffalo Meatballs 

To prepare the Buffalo sauce:

  1. Place a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan, and once it stops foaming, add the minced garlic. 
melted butter and chopped garlic in a pan.
  1. Saute the garlic until it is fragrant and then pour in the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and the Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Stir until the sauce is warm, cover the saucepan, and reserve for later.
homemade Buffalo sauce for chicken meatballs.

To prepare the ground chicken Buffalo meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lightly grease it. Or line it with a silicone mat. Set the baking sheet aside.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl. 
ingredients for chicken meatballs in a mixing bowl.
  1. Use your hands to bring the ingredients together. To keep the meatballs light and fluffy, don’t over-mix or squeeze the meat.
  2. Wet your hands and form the mixture into meatballs slightly bigger than golf balls. Use a cookie scoop for even portions. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. 
raw chicken meatballs on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake the meatballs in the oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Flip the meatballs after 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. 

To serve baked chicken buffalo meatballs:

  1. Place the pan with the sauce over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the meatballs and stir to coat. 
  3. Heat until the meatballs and sauce are hot.
four Buffalo chicken meatballs and a fork on a black plate.

What to Serve With These Spicy Chicken Meatballs 

Help tame the heat by offering ranch and blue cheese dressing for dipping. Or you can drizzle the dressing on top. Garnish with chopped green onions. A few raw carrot sticks and celery sticks on the side are also a nice touch.

To turn these ground chicken Buffalo meatballs into a complete meal, try these options:

  1. Serve the meatballs on top of grits or mashed potatoes with collard greens. 
  2. Turn the meatballs into spicy chicken sliders. King’s Hawaiian Rolls adds a sweetness that helps control the Buffalo sauce’s heat. 
  3. Cut a few room-temperature meatballs in half and toss them with chopped romaine, sliced celery, shredded carrots, and blue cheese crumble. Serve the Buffalo Chicken Salad with a side of ranch dressing.

How to Store Extra Chicken Meatballs and Sauce

It is not a good idea to keep any extra meatballs that have been sitting out for more than a few minutes for safety reasons; however, you can prepare this recipe in advance.

If you plan to use the meatballs within the next day or two, you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The texture of the meatballs will be best if you keep them out of the sauce while in the fridge.

For storing Baked Chicken Buffalo meatballs longer than two days, try freezing the baked buffalo chicken meatballs without any sauce on a baking tray. Transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer-safe container and freeze.

Freeze the sauce separately, or better yet, make it fresh when reheating. 

How to Reheat Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Reheat the thawed meatballs and sauce in a covered pot over medium-low heat. 

overhead view of Buffalo chicken meatballs and sauce in a pan.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a tasty appetizer for any occasion.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 416kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • tablespoons vegetable oil

Sauce

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce

Instructions

Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine ground chicken, salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic, panko breadcrumbs, a large beaten egg, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
  • Roll 1 to 1½ portion of meat into meatballs. Place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake meatballs for 30 to 35 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through, and the meatballs will be browned on the bottom.

Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, add the butter and add minced garlic. Heat over medium heat until the garlic has become fragrant.
  • Add Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Worchestershire sauce. Stir until the sauce has become uniform.
  • Add the meatballs to the pan. Place a lid on the pan, turn the heat to low, and cook until the meatballs are heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 1602mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg