Buffalo Chicken Meatballs w/ blue cheese dressing

buffalo chicken meatballs

You've got two opportunities in the very near future to kill it with these meatballs.

This is the ultimately perfect football watching food.  Superbowl... check.

And if you are looking for someone to fall in love with you on Valentine's (or stay in love with you) these will do it.  They are that serious.  Perfect appetizer.
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Back in my high school days, I had a short run of being really into wings.  I loved the taste of the barely spicy tangy chicken wing dipped in cool blue cheese dressing.  And then one day, I stared right at that wing and imagined the little chicken I was gnawing on.  It was over, right then and there.  Couldn't do it anymore.
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And let's get real, if you can get past the idea of gnawing between those bones, you still don't look pretty doing it.  Enter these mini buffalo chicken meatballs that have all that good flavor without the carnage.
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FYI... Mr. Hungry has updated his favorite thing I have ever ever made to this right here... I told you it was serious.

From my little kitchen to yours... Enjoy.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Adapted from Glamour Magazine February 2012
Recipe Notes
I used nonfat greek yogurt in place of the sour cream because I had it on hand.  It makes for a healthier dressing, but if want the full richness of a blue cheese dressing, use sour cream.  If you plan on doubling or tripling a recipe for a big party, you do not need to double the dressing.  One batch is plenty.  Use leftover dressing on a wedge salad.  If you are unfamiliar with ground chicken, it can be found in most grocery stores near the ground turkey or ground beef.  You could also have a butcher freshly grind a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you cannot find it anywhere.  Leftover meatballs can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven or microwave.
1/2 stick (4 tbsp.) butter
1/4 cup Frank's RedHot hot sauce
1 lb. ground chicken
1 tsp. salt
1/2 stalk celery, minced
1 large egg
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
For the dressing
1 cup sour cream (or nonfat greek yogurt)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
(makes 2 1/2 cups of dressing)
Step by Step
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  In a small pot, combine butter and hot sauce over low heat, whisking until butter is melted.  Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place remaining chicken meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand, adding the hot sauce butter mixture as well.  Make sure the ingredients are combined throughout.  Using a teaspoon, roll the meatball mixture into marble sized balls.  Place balls in rows on the parchment paper.  Roast until firm and cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes.

To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk until blended.   Refrigerate until ready to use.

For an extra kick, drizzle extra hot sauce onto meatballs.  Serve with dressing and extra celery.

Makes 65 mini meatballs.


  1. Oh you have got to be kidding me. This sounds amazing!!!

  2. This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of wings...but they are messy! What a GREAT idea!

  3. I need to find some boys to watch football with (hot ones). And then I need to serve them these. Thereby putting BOTH uses of these meatballs into play. Genius.

  4. What a great idea for game day! My husband does not like wings as they are too messy! He would love these. Thanks for sharing this creative recipe.

  5. This is genius!!! Making these ASAP. Couldn't agree more about loving the flavor but hating the manner in which you eat chicken wings!!!

  6. Perfect timing. Will be making for the Super Bowl party we are attending. Yum!

  7. Mary Margaret, ground chicken can usually be found near ground turkey in the meat department. If you don't see it, ask the butcher and if they don't carry it, most butchers will grind boneless skinless chicken breasts or thigh meat for you.

  8. Wow, these little meatballs look great and SO SO tasty Ashlea!
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

  9. I had these at a Super Bowl party and they were unbelievable! My friend shared your blog with me and I am obsessed. Great recipes.

  10. These are so fantastic!!! I have made them three times now and they are a huge success. Last time, I froze half the batch and they turned out just as good as the fresh ones. Awesome recipes.

  11. These are so so great!!! I have made them three times now and they are always such a hit. I froze half of the last batch and they turned out just as great as the fresh. Great recipes.

  12. Definitely trying this!!! Yummm!!!!

  13. would ranch be good with these??? I'm not a fan of bleu cheese or anything like that.