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11 January 2016

These Buffalo chicken meatballs are perfectly spiced, drenched with a quick and easy Buffalo sauce, then topped with blue cheese crumbles. Spicy and Delicious!

Bring on the Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! This delicious recipe has been added to both Mike’s Favorites and Patty’s Favorites. They seriously POP with huge flavor and, truly, Buffalo sauce will always be a favorite here. We’re also thinking ahead to the big GAME DAY that is rushing upon us. Football game? Yep, you need this recipe.

If you’re planning a party and you’re the one serving the food, or if you need to bring a dish to share, this might be the one.

Yum.

About These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – How are They Different?

These chicken meatballs are zingy and tangy and they have just the right amount of heat to them. Why? Because we’ve incorporated a jalapeno pepper as well as a serrano pepper for some pleasant flavor and heat.

However! If serrano peppers are too spicy for you, you can skip them and double up on the jalapeno pepper. Problem solved! Just don’t forget the chili peppers . They are necessary to the success of this dish. 

Also, my Buffalo chicken meatballs are different because I like to cook down the peppers, onion and celery BEFORE mixing them into the chicken mixture. Most people don’t do this, and you don’t have to, but for me the caramelization adds a level of complexity you won’t find anywhere else. Give it a go!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs on a plate, served up in a pan with blue cheese sauce drizzled over the top

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?

Ingredients Needed to Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasonings (Cajun is GREAT here as well)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1-1/4 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup panko (or use bread crumbs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled blue cheese and blue cheese dressing for serving
  • Chopped scallions, fresh chopped herbs and spicy chili flakes for serving
  • FOR THE BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce see notes abovee
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – the Recipe Method

First, heat a large pan to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat.

Add celery, onion and chili peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.

Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring.

Remove from heat and add contents to a large mixing bowl. Cool slightly.

Add taco seasonings, egg, chicken and panko. Salt and pepper to your tastes.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs meat mixture in a glass bowl, ready to make meatballs

Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. You should get about 20 meatballs.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs formed and ready for cooking

Heat the pan again to medium heat and add remaining olive oil. Cook the meatballs 2-3 minutes per side, roughly 10 minutes total, until they are cooked through.

BAKED VERSION: Alternatively, you can add your meatballs to a prepared baking sheet, lightly oiled, and bake them at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in a pan, ready for Buffalo Sauce

Remove from heat.

While chicken is cooking, add pepper sauce, butter, garlic powder and salt and pepper to a small pot or small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until butter is melted.

Pour Buffalo sauce over the chicken meatballs.

Drizzling Buffalo Sauce over my Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Sauce it up! Get them nice and saucy, my friends, with the hot sauce mixture. You can heat everything through if you’d like. I love it SAUCY.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in a pan with extra Buffalo sauce

Finally, serve topped with crumbled blue cheese and scallions, green onions or fresh chopped herbs, along with some spicy chili flakes. I drizzled on some blue cheese dressing as well, though a good ranch dressing is great here, too. 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs on a plate, with blue cheese sauce drizzled over the top

BOOM! Done! I love it.

Let’s Talk About the Buffalo Sauce

This is a super quick homemade version. Use your favorite starter hot pepper sauce, something simple like Frank’s or Valentina (Amazon affiliate link, my friends), and mix in your ingredients. It’s ready in five minutes.

The recipe is below. Or use this Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe of mine.

Homemade Buffalo Sauce – Recipe

If you want to go purely homemade, start with a good Louisiana style hot sauce and go from there, like this Roasted Red Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce or this Super Hot Hot Sauce Recipe I made recently. Or just use your favorite store bought Buffalo sauce brand.

Whoa! Talk about heat.

Beware. You might scare people with the latter recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs on a plate, ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Heat Factor. You’ll get a good level of heat depending on the hot sauce you start with. I’ve added an extra level of heat with serrano peppers, but you can easily skip them to tame some of that heat. Try adding habanero peppers or hotter peppers for some REAL heat, you crazy chiliheads!
  • The Dressing. I love blue cheese dressing when I enjoy Buffalo wings or these Buffalo chicken meatballs. Patty prefers ranch dressing. Either one will work! What’s your preference?
  • The Seasonings. I’m using a simple taco seasoning blend because it works nicely with chicken and Buffalo sauce, but feel free to use your own favorite seasoning blend. A good Cajun seasoning blend is great here, as is Creole seasoning, or even something like Old Bay Seasoning.
  • Ground Turkey. This recipe is great with ground turkey. Try it out instead of chicken, which can sometimes be more difficult to find in grocery stores.
  • Why Cook the Veggies First? I like to cook down the peppers, onion and celery before mixing them into the meatball mixture. Why? For me, it’s and extra flavor building step. The caramelization process removes the extra moisture and adds more flavor complexity. You can save time by adding the raw vegetables to the meatball mixture, then cook the meatballs.

Patty’s Perspective

I LOVE the flavors Mike infused into these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. The flavor and spiciness are really kicked up a notch above the heat of the Buffalo sauce. He’s also seriously converting me into a blue cheese lover. I never loved blue cheese, but when it is paired this way, it is a perfect combination. These would be great on their own as a meal, served as an appetizer with toothpicks for game day, or on a toasted roll as a sandwich.

Saucy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs on a plate, ready to eat

Try Some of My Other Popular Spicy Meatball Recipes

If you make this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A recipe for spicy chicken meatballs made with jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers (optional!), served with classic Buffalo sauce, then topped with blue cheese crumbles. Pure Madness style.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo sauce, meatballs
Servings: 20 meatballs
Calories: 41 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasonings Cajun is GREAT here as well
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1-1/4 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup panko
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled blue cheese and blue cheese dressing for serving
  • Chopped scallions, fresh chopped herbs and spicy chili flakes for serving
FOR THE BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce see notes abovee
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat.
  2. Add celery, onion and chili peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and add contents to a mixing bowl. Cool slightly.
  5. Add taco seasonings, egg, chicken and panko. Salt and pepper to your tastes.
  6. Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. You should get about 20 meatballs.
  7. Heat the pan again to medium heat and add remaining olive oil. Cook the meatballs 2-3 minutes per side, roughly 10 minutes total, until they are cooked through. Remove from heat.
  8. BAKED VERSION: Alternatively, you can add your meatballs to a prepared baking sheet, lightly oiled, and bake them at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.

  9. While chicken is cooking, add pepper sauce, butter, garlic powder and salt and pepper to a small pot. Heat gently, stirring, until butter is melted.
  10. Pour Buffalo sauce over the chicken meatballs and serve topped with crumbled blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, chopped scallions, fresh chopped herbs and spicy chili flakes

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium-Hot if you're using serrano peppers or hotter peppers. You can tame the heat by omitting serranos and going with jalapenos only. Core out the jalapenos for even milder heat. Buffalo sauce inherently has a bit of heat to it.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - These Buffalo chicken meatballs are perfectly spiced, drenched with a quick and easy Buffalo sauce, then topped with blue cheese crumbles. Delicious. #BuffaloSauce #BuffaloChicken #Appetizer

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