Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

By Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast
May 26, 2015
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Author Notes: Meatballs + Buffalo wings all in one. A Buffalo Chicken Meatball. It's so delicious and easy to make at home when you're craving Buffalo wings... especially delicious with homemade Jalapeno Ranch! I use the liquid from pickled jalapenos to make the ranch extra delicious!

Double this recipe to make enough for a party.
Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Makes: 12 - 15 meatballs

Ingredients

for the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken breast (or a combo of dark and white meat)
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tbsp dehydrated onions
  • 2 green onions (finely minced)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon green chili powder (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 - 1 cups Buffalo sauce (store bought - I use Bella's Medium Wing Sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

for the jalapeno ranch:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon green chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon liquid from pickled jalapenos
  • 3 tablespoons pickled jalapenos (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

for the meatballs

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken breast, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion powder, green onions, egg, chili powder (if using), salt and pepper. Use about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Combine with your hands until just mixed. Form into golfball sized meatballs and place on the baking sheet. Pop into the 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. This will help give the meatballs shape before dropping them into the slow cooker.
  3. Drop the meatballs into a slow cooker turned on to low heat. Mix together the Buffalo sauce and butter, and pour over the meatballs. Let cook for 1.5 - 2 hours to get really tender. Although, they would be good after an hour!

for the jalapeno ranch:

  1. When you put the meatballs in, mix together the Jalapeno Ranch. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.
  2. Serve meatballs with some extra Buffalo sauce, Jalapeno Ranch, and celery sticks!

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