Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

DF GF

These baked buffalo chicken meatballs are an easy and delicious appetizer for game day or any party. They’re loaded with flavor and sure to become a new fan favorite! They also make a great low-carb option for meal prep.

While I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional wings, I have always loved buffalo-inspired recipes and it seems like many of you do as well!

I’ve shared buffalo cauliflower wings, air fryer buffalo cauliflower and a buffalo cauliflower salad… so many buffalo cauliflower creations. But today we’re switching things up and making buffalo chicken meatballs.

An overhead view of a bowl of buffalo chicken meatballs. A small bowl of blue cheese dip rests in the bowl with the meatballs and that bowl is on a plate surrounded by celery sticks.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These meatballs are the perfect addition to any potluck or party spread.
  • They’re low carb – only 2g of carbs per serving when made with almond flour.
  • The meatballs come together in just one bowl – yay for minimal dishes!
  • They can be enjoyed as an appetizer, but also as a main dish. They’re great for meal prep.
Ingredients measured out to make buffalo chicken meatballs: ground chicken, carrot, almond flour, green onions, onion powder, garlic powder, buffalo sauce, egg, salt and pepper.

Ingredients Needed

  • ground chicken – ground chicken is the base of this recipe. I tested the recipe with ground turkey and while it turned out, the flavor wasn’t my favorite. I highly recommend sticking with ground chicken here.
  • buffalo sauce – I like Primal Kitchen’s buffalo sauce and Noble Made buffalo sauce, but any buffalo sauce works.
  • egg – helps bind the meatballs together.
  • green onions – you’re actually going to mix some green onions into the meatballs and top with additional green onion.
  • diced carrots – I love adding some veggies into my meatballs. Just be sure sure to dice these up into really small chunks!
  • almond flour or panko bread crumbs – along with the egg, this helps bind the meatballs together. For a gluten-free option, I recommend almond flour, otherwise, panko bread crumbs work great!
  • garlic powder and onion powder – the perfect spice pairing to round out the recipe.
  • sea salt and black pepper – brings the flavors of this dish together.
Collage of four photos: two photos showing out to make the ingredients together in a bowl to make buffalo chicken meatballs. The other two photos are of the meatballs being baked and topped with buffalo sauce.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Start by mixing up your meatballs! In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken, buffalo sauce, egg, green onions, carrots, almond flour or bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. You can use a spoon to mix but it might just be easier to get in there with clean hands to mix it up!

Use a cookie scoop or small spoon to scoop the chicken mixture and then use your hands to form it into balls. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400ºF for 18-20 minutes. When the meatballs are done cooking, drizzle on the remaining sauce and carefully toss the meatballs to coat.

pro tip!
If you want to serve these as mini meatballs for an appetizer, use a Tablespoon to scoop the chicken mixture. This recipe will make 25 mini meatballs! 
A bowl of buffalo chicken meatballs. A small dish with blue cheese rests in the bowl with the meatballs.

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I love drizzling on ranch (my vegan ranch dressing would be delicious) or blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles and green onions for serving these meatballs!

For a potluck, you can serve them on a platter paired with celery sticks and carrots or you could have each meatball drizzled with dressing and poked with a toothpick so they’re ready to eat!

I’ve also served these buffalo chicken meatballs for dinner. You can serve them over rice (or cauliflower rice) or simply pair with a salad or other veggie side and you’re good to go!

What to Pair with Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Dips – I like eating these meatballs as an appetizer paired with a blue cheese or ranch drizzle. You can also serve with extra ranch or blue cheese on the side for dipping. I also recommend fresh celery or carrot sticks to cool your mouth between bites, especially if your buffalo sauce is on the spicy side!
  • Veggies – if you want to enjoy this as a main dish, I love these meatballs served over cauliflower rice or with a side of roasted vegetables like my broccoli or root vegetables.
A bowl of buffalo chicken meatballs that have been drizzled with blue cheese. A bowl of blue cheese with a spoon resting in it is sitting inside the bowl of meatballs.

How to Store

These meatballs are great for meal prep! Once cooled completely, store meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. To reheat, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat in the oven at 350°F until warm throughout. Alternatively, you can also reheat these in the microwave, toaster oven or air fryer.

More Game Day Snacks

Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out my full collection of healthy game day snacks and all of the appetizer recipes on EBF!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

5 from 8 votes
These baked buffalo chicken meatballs are loaded with flavor and such an easy and delicious appetizer for game day or any party.
An overhead view of a bowl of buffalo chicken meatballs. A small bowl of blue cheese dip rests in the bowl with the meatballs and that bowl is on a plate surrounded by celery sticks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup finely diced carrots
  • cup almond flour or ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • blue cheese dressing or ranch and blue cheese crumbles, for serving
  • celery sticks and carrot sticks, for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix together the ground chicken, ¼ cup buffalo sauce, egg, green onions, carrots, almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
    Ingredients for chicken meatballs mixed together in a bowl.
  • Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, scoop the ground chicken mixture and use your hands to form into balls.
    Fifteen uniform meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place the meatballs onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.
    Fifteen uniform meatballs drizzled with buffalo sauce on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle on remaining ¼ cup hot sauce and gently toss the meatballs.
  • Serve immediately with a drizzle of blue cheese or ranch dressing and extra green onions sprinkled on top.

Notes

  • Mini meatballs – This recipe makes 12-15 regular size meatballs or 25 mini meatballs. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball Calories: 75kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 7g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 307mg Potassium: 15mg Fiber: 1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken meatballs

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    11 comments
    1. Penny
      May 27, 2022 AT 4:52 pm

      These are so good 👍 I made them as a snack to test for my husband and me then made with 2 pounds of chicken for 60 mini meatballs for a party.. Delicious!!! Will keep making them!! Used Frank’s Red Hot. Nothing better!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 28, 2022 AT 12:24 pm

        Yay! So glad these were a hit, Penny! Thank you for leaving a review, I appreciate it so much!

    2. Jeannie
      February 27, 2022 AT 7:29 pm

      5 stars
      EXCELLENT! This recipe is amazing! I used the Noble Made Hot Buffalo sauce and it was HOT! My husband and I loved it! Served with your loaded sweet potato nachos on the side. Quite a treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2022 AT 8:55 am

        Woo! So glad to hear these were a hit for you and your husband, Jeannie! Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review, it means the world to me.

    3. Caroline
      February 26, 2022 AT 6:20 am

      5 stars
      These are delish!!!! Woyld they work in an airfryer? If so, temp/duration?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2022 AT 9:08 am

        Hi, Caroline. I haven’t tried them in an air fryer so I’m not entirely sure. I’d try 375°F and start with 10-minutes and then do 5-minute increments from there. Let me know how they turn out for you and how long you cook them for!

    4. helene
      February 20, 2022 AT 3:36 am

      5 stars
      excellent post thank you for sharing

    5. Kathy
      February 14, 2022 AT 8:16 am

      5 stars
      These were SO good!! We made them exactly as directed and they were perfect. Definitely a new addition to our meal line up!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 14, 2022 AT 9:29 am

        Yay! So happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Kathy! Thanks for coming back to leave a review and star rating, I really appreciate it!

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