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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

April 4, 2024

Buffalo chicken meatballs are everything you love about buffalo chicken wings, minus the mess!


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Please Pass the Blue Cheese Dressing

Ideal for a game day snack, or an appetizer to enjoy with cocktails—serve something cooling to put out all that heat, like a nice margarita—this Buffalo chicken meatball recipe takes everything that’s great about Buffalo wings to a whole new level of snacking perfection. Serve a big bowl of these spicy Buffalo sauce-slicked nuggets of goodness alongside some crisp celery and blue cheese dressing for dipping (of course) and watch them disappear.

Ground chicken on parchment paper, a small bowl of but cheese dressing, celery, and buffalo sauce and meatball ingredients

What’s In Buffalo Chicken Meatballs?

Our Buffalo chicken meatballs aren’t too different from a classic meatball recipe. As ever, our focus was making sure that we created a super tender, moist chicken meatball with loads of savory flavor. So, we’ve added an egg to ensure that the finished meatballs are plenty moist, and not one but two kinds of onion—grated fresh onion and powdered—to give them plenty of assertive punch.

  • Ground chicken
  • Bread crumbs
  • Egg
  • Fresh garlic
  • Grated onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Bottled Buffalo sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce.
ground chicken, grated onions, an egg, panko, buffalo sauce, salt pepper and spices in a bowl for chicken buffalo meatballs
ground chicken, grated onions, an egg, panko, buffalo sauce, salt pepper and spices mixed in a bowl for buffalo meatballs
raw chicken buffalo meatballs on a sheet pan
freshly baked chicken meatballs on a baking sheet

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

We’re not trying to be boastful here, but the thing is, we’ve sort of perfected the art of the meatball. You can, too! They’re pretty easy to make, once you know a few little tricks. And once you’ve got the hang of it, a whole world of savory, yummy, snack-or-supper meatball options will be open to you. Anyway, read on for all of our best meatball making tips!

  1. The best meatballs begin with the best ingredients. So start with fresh spices, good ground chicken, and so on.
  2. Next, the very best chicken meatballs require you to never, ever overmix your meatball mixture! When you combine all of the ingredients for the Buffalo chicken meatballs, mix the meat and seasonings only until the mixture begins to come together. Then stop mixing!
  3. Wet hands are your meatball rolling BFF. Keep a little bowl of water next to you while you roll the meatballs, and every so often, wet your palms. It’ll help keep the meatballs from sticking to your hands while you roll.
Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate with a small bowl of blue cheese dressing and celery
Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate with a small bowl of blue cheese dressing and celery

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More Chicken Meatball Recipes

Healthy, low-carb, and realllllllly satisfying, meatballs are our love language. They’re easy to make for a crowd, they freeze well, they’re endlessly adaptable—we honestly could go on and on. We make them A LOT. Here are a few chicken meatball recipes we’ve been really crushing on lately:

Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate with a small bowl of blue cheese dressing and celery
Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate with a small bowl of blue cheese dressing and celery

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 144


  • 1 lb chicken, ground
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup grated onion, liquid drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce. plus more for serving
  • blue cheese dressing, for serving
  • celery, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grate the onion in a food processor or with a cheese grater over a kitchen towel lined colander. Pick up the corners of the kitchen towel and squeeze out the onion juice. If you use a food processor, scoop out the grated onion onto a kitchen towel and squeeze out the onion juice over the sink.
  3. In a large bowl combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, grated onion, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and buffalo sauce until fully mixed.
  4. Using your hands form meatballs the size of golf balls, about 2 tablespoons each, and arrange on an oiled, rimmed baking sheet pan.
  5. Brush or spray the meatballs with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Brush meatballs with remaining sauce and serve with Blue cheese dressing and celery.

*Makes 12 large meatballs.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories144
  • Protein17 g
  • Carbohydrates8 g
  • Total Fat4 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol91 mg
  • sodium631 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Questions & Reviews

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  • Margaret

    What kind of onion did you use?

    Yellow or white will work fine!

  • Shawna

    Can you make the Buffalo chicken meatballs ahead and how to reheat them without drying them out?

    You can slowly reheat them in the oven on 300 Farenheit. Hope you enjoy!

  • Amanda

    More buffalo meatballs

    Glad you enjoyed them Amanda!

  • Robin

    These are SO GOOD!!

    Thanks Robin! So happy you loved them!

  • Ashley

    I had never made chicken meatballs before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but these are awesome! So delicious and come together so quick! I always put extra buffalo sauce on top to make them extra spicy but they are so good.

    Thanks Ashley! So glad you like them and great job trying something new!

  • Tori

    These buffalo meatballs were amazing and so quick to come together! We meal prepped the meatballs to use for lunches during the week and they stayed incredibly moist, even with reheating them in the microwave. Prior to this, we'd never made chicken meatballs, but this is going to have to a normal recipe in our rotation!

    Yay! So happy it's going into rotation. Thanks for letting us know Tori!

  • Anna

    These buffalo chicken meatballs were very good! I was a little skeptical; not a big fan of ground chicken, but I followed the directions and they turned out light and fluffy and moist and well seasoned. Thank you!

    Yay! Glad you tried it and liked it!