I wanted an easy, make ahead appetizer that I could freeze for the Holidays. This little recipe fit the bill for me and they were a big hit too! What I really liked about this recipe, is you get all of that great buffalo chicken wing flavor, without the mess with the wings!
I made the meatballs one evening, put them on the cookie sheet and froze them. When they were frozen, I transferred them to plastic containers and sealed them for two weeks before I was planning on serving them. I took them out of the freezer 1/2 hr. prior to baking. So, so easy to do and have on hand!
I found it on shrinkingkitchen.com, in case you want her recipe as I adapted it just a bit!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
1 pound lean ground chicken
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 carrot (medium)
1 stalk celery (medium)
2 green onion
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
- Preheat the oven to 350F. (If making the same day)
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment
- Cut the celery, carrot and green onion into large chunks and throw into a food processor.
- Pulse to chop into small bits.
- In a large bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, 1/2 the hot sauce and the blue cheese.
- Gently fold together to combine, but don't overmix. *Regrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, before making the meatballs, they are too soft and sticky otherwise.
- Form the mixture into small meatballs - you should get about 28 small meatballs. *I used a teaspoon to measure the size, as I wanted small ones.
- Place the meatballs on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 18 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, put the rest of the hot sauce and the butter into a microwave safe dish.
- Microwave about 30 seconds, until butter melts.
- Stir well to combine.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Place the meatballs onto a serving dish and drizzle with butter/hot sauce mixture. *Or to be on the safe side, in case you have guests who don't like things too spicy, serve the hot sauce as a dipping sauce on the side.
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