Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Learn how to make meatballs that are better than ever by making them into buffalo chicken meatballs. They’re so sassy!

Learn how to make meatballs that are better than ever by making them into buffalo chicken meatballs. They're so sassy!

I’m a huge fan of meatballs. Aren’t you? What about buffalo sauce? Love that too? Of course you do! Here we’re combining the two to make a show-stopping hit.

I also have a GREAT tip to take these buffalo chicken meatballs to the next level. Ready for this? Add melted butter to buffalo sauce! Say whaaat! Yes, I can completely vouch for this. Adding melted butter to any wing/hot sauce enhances the flavor. It was definitely a total game changer. Trust me on this! In fact, another author in this Buffalo Chicken Series came to the same conclusion when she was making her Buffalo Chicken Pizza. You’ve got to check that one out!

To finalize these epic meatballs, I added a drizzle of ranch dressing. You can use homemade ranch or store-bought. You can go in with more toppings to, if you’d like. Maybe some shredded cheese or sliced green onions…Mmmm. The sky’s the limit for these baked buffalo chicken meatballs…and honestly, so is the flavor!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Yield: 20-24 meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup buffalo sauce, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste*
  • Ranch dressing for drizzling, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400⁰F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix buffalo sauce with butter. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, egg, 1/3 cup of the now buttery (and delicious!) buffalo sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape the mixture into small 1” balls and place them on the baking sheet. Bake until no longer pink inside, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Toss meatballs with remaining buffalo sauce. Drizzle with ranch dressing and serve immediately.
*Note: Add a bit of salt and pepper to your mixture, about 1/4 teaspoon of each. Then make a small meatball and microwave it on a plate 10 seconds at a time until cooked through. Let it cool a bit and then taste it. You'll then know if the amount of seasoning is right for you or if more is needed.