Friday, January 4, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

When I think about football food, I always immediately think about fall.  But wait one minute.  Football is still going strong, people.  And in my house, football requires buffalo chicken.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Last night, Kansas State played in the Fiesta Bowl and judging by my Facebook feed as I was writing this post, people are ex-cit-ed about this football game. And all of the football games that have been going on lately.

Oh and there’s this little game coming up in a few weeks called the Super Bowl.  You know the one?  The one where, even if you don’t really care about the game, you go to a party for the food?  Yes, you know who you are.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Well, add another addicting buffalo-wing flavored treat to your list: this time in buffalo-chicken meatball form.  You know when I wake up dreaming about food and then I post it here and we all love it?  This is another one of those. These meatballs came together like they were meant. to. be.

They were totally meant to be, you guys.  The chicken, the blue cheese, the sauce.  Totally amazing and totally perfect for football.  Or any regular day this year.  Just go ahead.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Yield: 50 meatballs

Total Time: 1 hour

Quick, simple and mostly healthy but best of all: spicy.


for the meatballs:
2 lbs. ground white meat chicken
2 green onions, sliced
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3 tsp. ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
STAR Fine Foods Grapeseed Oil, for frying

for the meatball sauce:
1 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
1 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. STAR Fine Foods Grapeseed Oil
3 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. STAR Fine Foods Garlic-Flavored Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Line a 10x15 rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

Mix the ground chicken, green onions, celery, garlic, hot sauce, blue cheese, dressing mix, salt, cayenne pepper and egg in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup at a time until the mixture will hold together well.

Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place in the prepared baking pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the meatballs chill, heat the hot sauce, butter, grapeseed oil, brown sugar, vinegar and salt in a small sauce pot over low heat and whisk to combine. Whisk occasionally until bubbles form around the edges. Allow the sauce to bubble for about 5 minutes and then remove from the heat. The sauce should thicken slightly.

After chilling, remove the meatballs from the refrigerator. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of grapeseed oil. Once hot, add a single layer of meatballs and cook for about 4 minutes, then flip them, and cook for an additional 4 minutes. The meatballs should be browned and cooked through; if not, allow them to cook for a couple more minutes, flipping often. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the meatballs.

Transfer the cooked sauce to a large bowl. Add the meatballs about 10 at a time and toss to coat. Transfer the coated meatballs to a serving dish and repeat with the others.

Serve warm.

Cassie's Notes:
If you prefer to make these even more healthy, skip the frying. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and oil a 10x15 baking dish with grapeseed oil. Place the meatballs in the dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping once, until cooked through. Toss in the sauce and serve warm.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Disclaimer: This recipe was developed by me for Star Fine Foods. All opinions are 100% my own.


59 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Meatballs”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 4, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    I haven’t made buffalo meatballs in so long! I should add them to our party plans…because yes it’s totally all about the food 😉 The mr will be very happy!

  2. #
    tina | my life as a mrs — January 4, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    YUM! I could seriously get down with these!!! 🙂

  3. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 4, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! These look perfect, Cassie!

  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 4, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    CASSIE! THIS IS NOT COOL. It’s 8:15am and you have me CRAVING these. They look SO SO good!! Football is most definitely all about the food (for me anyway) cause I love party apps and cooking. I guess football is a great excuse for doing all of that 🙂

  5. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 4, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I am drooling here! We are having a little football soiree this weekend since my hubby is excited to see his Redskins in the playoffs so these would be perfect to serve. Plus, I can’t wait to try these!

  6. #
    Kim | At Home With Kim — January 4, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Cassie, I’m pinning these right now to make this weekend. I love buffalo sauce bc it’s so low in WW points. 🙂 PERFECT treat to make as we watch the games. Look so good.

  7. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 4, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    These are pretty genius… smarty pants! I see Frank’s in the background YUM!

  8. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 4, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I dont care about football at all, and I totally go to superbowl parties for the food – how did you know? 🙂 I’d happily watch football for some of these meatballs!

  9. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 4, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    I love this idea!!! And my parents are some of the crazy K-State fans you mention. (They would love these too!!)

  10. #
    Kathryn — January 4, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I’m going to convince my boyfriend to throw a Super Bowl party so I can make these; they sound incredible Cassie!

  11. #
    leslie — January 4, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Ohhh< i and buffalo just go together!!!!These sound wonderful.

  12. #
    Eileen — January 4, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    I am definitely making these babies… They sound delish!

  13. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 4, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Oh my. Yum.

  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 4, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Dude. Yes.

  15. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 4, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Perfect for Super Bowl!!

  16. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — January 4, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    My husband is super excited for the Vikings vs. Packers game tomorrow night and these look like a wonderful thing to snack on during the game!

  17. #
    Amanda — January 4, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    These look SO good!!! What a brilliant idea!

  18. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 4, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Oh now you have my inner carnivore wanting to munch!!

  19. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 4, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    One thing I love about football season is the food! I could just about careless about the game. It’s ll those snacky appetizers. I love them! Your Buffalo Meatballs look delish and is simply perfect!

  20. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 4, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I love meatballs, so these are absolutely perfect for me!

  21. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 4, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Oh yes please.

  22. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 4, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I have been craving meatballs for a while now. I even bought some ingredients the other day to make some. Next time I will have to try out these buffalo chicken meatballs.

  23. #
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — January 4, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I am a buffalo chicken addict. YUM! P.S. I am totally one of those people who is excited about the Superbowl because of the food!

  24. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 4, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Pretty much have to add these to our game-time menu. My Hubby will love them!

  25. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 4, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    I can see my husband being in love with these immediately. I think you may have created a problem.

  26. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 4, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    yeah… umm… i think my boyfriend would propose if i made these for him. favorite foods are buffalo chicken and meatballs. Why haven’t I ever combined the two?? Cassie… thank you for this recipe!! 🙂

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 4, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    Amazing! You know I can’t deny anything involving buffalo, especially when they’re slathered on juicy meatballs.

  28. #
    A Wildcat Fan — January 4, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and was amazed to read your comments about K-State at the Fiesta Bowl. Yup, we Wildcat fans love our football and love our team-no matter the score. Go Cats! Oh, and I WILL be making these meatballs for the Super Bowl!

  29. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 4, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    These looks delicious!

  30. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 4, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    Dude…this is so genius, I’m definitely pulling this one out the next time I host the game!

  31. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 4, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Oh these meatballs sound perfect, Cassie! Love the flavors!

  32. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 4, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    GO STATE! I am super sad we lost, but I think eating a few of these epic looking meatballs will turn my frown upside down!

  33. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 4, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Oh, these are perfect for a superbowl party! And anytime really!

  34. #
    Magic of Spice — January 4, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I do not really do football, but these look like a fantastic appetizer!
    Happy New Year!

  35. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 4, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    I’ve never used ground chicken in my meatballs, but you can bet I’ll be trying this!

  36. #
    Deborah — January 4, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    I’m one of those that goes just for the food – and I’d show up to any party that was serving these!!

  37. #
    carrian — January 4, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    Not gonna lie, those sound delicious. My rear end and thighs thank you 😉

  38. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 5, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    I’m normally not a fan of buffalo chicken, but that’s because I’ve never seen them in MEATBALL form before! I can’t get this out of my head now

  39. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 5, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I have no idea how football goes but I know how these meatballs goes…in my tummy!! I thought about these last night when the kids were watching Cloudy with a Chance if Meatballs lol!

  40. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — January 5, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    These look like a perfect snack for a football game….or any time!

  41. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 5, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    I could go for a meatball sandwich right about now.

  42. #
    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — January 6, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    INCREDIBLE meatballs!!! I will definitely be making these for my next party…or before! They look and sound perfect!

  43. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — January 6, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    My boyfriend and I live for buffalo chicken! I swear, my boyfriend slathers buffalo sauce on anything he can. These meatballs look totally amazeballs 🙂 I wanna throw them on a pizza or a roll or eat them with a toothpick, they’re just perfect.

  44. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — January 6, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    Tyler would love these! His American family are from Buffalo 🙂

  45. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 7, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I’ve never had Buffalo anything! You’re slowly starting to convince me that I should try. These look so good!

  46. #
    Jen @ pretty plate — January 7, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    I love that you love buffalo flavored anything. I don’t think these would last 2 seconds in this house! #FootballFoodHeaven

    : )

  47. #
    Shaina — January 7, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    Football is on behind my head, and now I’m craving meatballs.

  48. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — January 8, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    On my walk today I was thinking about a meatball almost exactly like this! It looks delicious and perfect for football games.

  49. #
    Aggie — January 9, 2013 @ 5:56 am

    I have been wanting to make something like this, I’m craving buffalo!! You always read my mind 🙂
    They look so delicious, & my husband would love them.

  50. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — January 9, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    These sound like the perfect football food!:)

  51. #
    Courtney — January 9, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I seriously jumped up and down from my chair. This is incredible! I’m so making for our football party!! 🙂

  52. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 25, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    These look so good!! I love anything buffalo 🙂

  53. #
    Katie — February 10, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Do you use the regular, sort of grainy bread crumbs, or do you use the larger Panko bread crumbs?

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