Serves a Crowd

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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March  3, 2016
Photo by Holly
Author Notes

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! With herbs, veggies, & a little spicy cayenne. Heat is balanced perfectly by the cool, yogurt Blue Cheese Sauce. Healthy & delish! —Holly

  • Serves 21 meatballs
Ingredients
  • For The Meatballs & Buffalo Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup almond meal (or bread crumbs)
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce, or Tabasco Sauce for a spicier flavor
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar (or 1 teaspoon regular white sugar)
  • For The Blue Cheese Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (melt 1 ounce in microwave)
  • 1/3 cup fat free buttermilk
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced - about 2 teaspoons or to your taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. For The Meatballs & Buffalo Sauce:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, almond meal, egg, garlic, onion powder, green onions, salt, pepper, and cayenne. With a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1¼-to-1½-inch meatballs, forming about 21 meatballs.
  6. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the meatball reads 165 degrees.
  7. To make the Buffalo Sauce, add butter and sugar to a large pot over medium heat, and stir in Tabasco sauce. Allow the sauce to incorporate for 1-2 minutes, then turn off heat.
  8. Add the cooked meatballs to the pot, and gently coat them in the sauce. As the sauce cools, it will form a nice coating that sticks to the meatballs.
  9. Serve immediately, drizzled with blue cheese sauce, if desired
  1. For The Blue Cheese Sauce:
  2. Combine the first seven ingredients in a small bowl
  3. Smash some of the blue cheese crumbles with the back of a spoon and stir to incorporate.
  4. Add parsley, onion, and celery.

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