Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 19 Meatballs
5 — Votes 2 votes

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Cure your craving for buffalo in one swift, healthy, easy swoop with these buffalo chicken meatballs! They come together with a very short list of ingredients you probably already have on hand and then, that dipping sauce, well …it’ll knock your socks clear off.

Why We Love These Meatballs

I love these meatballs so much because they’re a fun way to mix up dinner for the week! I love a meatball night, but sometimes I get stuck on a classic beef and marinara meatball meal. These buffalo chicken meatballs are unique in flavor and protein: ground chicken!

What’s In Buffalo Chicken Meatballs?

The ingredient list is short and sweet – here’s everything you’ll need for both the meatballs and the blue cheese sauce:

Buffalo chicken meatball ingredients on a grey and white marble surface.

For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • ¼ cup of buffalo sauce (or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper

For the Sauce

  • 4 ounces of blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup of creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Ingredient Modifications and Variations

These buffalo chicken meatballs are divine as written, but if you’re looking for some subs and swaps, we’ve got ideas for you! 

  • Make them dairy-free – the buffalo chicken meatballs are dairy-free as-is, but to make the sauce dairy-free, you’ll need to swap the blue cheese crumbles for a dairy-free blue cheese and the creme fraiche for a plain dairy-free yogurt. If you can’t find these dairy-free subs, consider swapping the blue cheese sauce for a dairy-free ranch dressing!
  • Swap the creme fraiche – if you can’t find creme fraiche in your local grocery store, swap it for whole milk sour cream or plain full-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Use a different protein – feel free to use ground beef, turkey, or pork in place of the ground chicken here!

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

If you’re looking for an incredibly easy recipe, look no further! Here’s the full how-to:

Ground chicken covered with sauce ingredients in a glass bowl.
Hand holding a spatula stirring together a ground chicken mixture in a glass bowl.
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Hand placing meatballs on a quarter sheet pan.
Cooked meatballs on a quarter sheet pan.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the meatball ingredients – add the ground chicken, buffalo sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Use your hands to fully combine the ingredients.
  3. Form the meatballs – use a #30 scoop (1.25 ounce/2.5 tablespoons) to form your meatballs, and place them on a rimmed baking sheet (we recommend a quarter sheet so that the meatballs can be placed close together and steam one another as they cook).
  4. Bake – bake the meatballs at 400°F for 25 minutes.
  5. Make the sauce – while the meatballs are baking, make your sauce by combining the blue cheese crumbles, creme fraiche, lemon juice, water, and salt in a blender (you could also use an immersion blender), and blend on high until smooth.
  6. Garnish, serve, and enjoy – garnish your meatballs with chives and serve with celery sticks. Enjoy!

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Serve your buffalo chicken meatballs as an appetizer alongside celery sticks and the blue cheese sauce, or as a full meal over perfect, fluffy white rice and your favorite green veggie or salad!  

Hand holding a gold fork with a buffalo meatball on the end. The meatball is being dipped into a small dutch oven with a blue cheese dipping sauce.

How to Store and Reheat

Store any leftover buffalo chicken meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you’re looking for a longer storage option, place the meatballs in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat from the fridge or freezer, simply pop the meatballs back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until warmed through, in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes until warmed through, or in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.

Plate of buffalo chicken meatballs with a side of blue cheese dipping sauce and celery sticks.
Q Can you make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with ground turkey instead of ground chicken?
A

You can absolutely make your buffalo chicken meatballs with ground turkey instead of ground chicken. You can also swap the ground chicken for ground pork or beef.

Q Can I make these meatballs in advance?
A

Yes, you can totally make your buffalo chicken meatballs in advance! These are actually PERFECT for making ahead because they freeze beautifully. If you’re storing the meatballs in the fridge, you can make them up to 3-4 days before serving, and if you’re storing the meatballs in the freezer, you can make them up to 3 months prior to serving.

Q Can you freeze buffalo meatballs?
A

These meatballs freeze REALLY well. Simply pop them in an airtight container and stick them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in either the oven, air fryer, or microwave until warmed through.

Q Can I serve these as a party appetizer?
A

Yes, buffalo chicken meatballs (with the decadent blue cheese sauce) make for the best appetizer (at ANY party or gathering, but especially a Super Bowl party!).

Q Can you really make buffalo chicken meatballs without breadcrumbs?
A

You can 100% make buffalo chicken meatballs without breadcrumbs, and this recipe is proof of that! Ground chicken, buffalo sauce, minced garlic, salt, and pepper combine to make the most delicious buffalo chicken meatballs ever.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
5 — Votes 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Servings: 19 Meatballs

Ingredients  

For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce or Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For the Sauce

  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Add the ground chicken, buffalo sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Use your hands to fully combine the ingredients.
  • Use a #30 scoop (1.25 ounces/2.5 tablespoons) to form your meatballs, and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. (We recommend a quarter sheet so that the meatballs can be placed close together and steam one another as they cook.)
  • Bake the meatballs at 400°F for 25 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are baking, make your sauce by combining the blue cheese crumbles, creme fraiche, lemon juice, water, and salt in a blender (you can also use an immersion blender), and blend on high until smooth.
  • Garnish your meatballs with chives and serve with celery sticks. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
102
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8.3
g
13
%
Saturated Fat
 
4.6
g
29
%
Cholesterol
 
41.6
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
258.8
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
0.8
g
0
%
Protein
 
5.9
g
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Meet the Author
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Carrie says

    Carrie —  01/22/2023 At 15:08

    5 stars
    Delicious and so easy to make! I enjoyed these over a salad of romaine, celery, & carrots for lunch.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  01/24/2023 At 10:04

      That sounds so yummy, Carrie! Thank you for sharing!