Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs give you all the flavors of a buffalo chicken wing without the mess! Easy to eat, moist and tender, and perfect to dip in blue cheese or ranch!


For the Chicken Meatballs
1lb ground chicken
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup + 2 tablespoons ranch dressing

For the Buffalo Sauce
4 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the Blue Cheese Sauce
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup of half & half
3 teaspoons all purpose flour
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To make the meatballs, in a large bowl combine the ground chicken, bread crumbs, egg, garlic & onion powders, salt, and ranch dressing. Stir to combine, then use your hands to make medium sized meatballs. This is a wet mixture, but it’s going to help these meatballs stay moist! Chill the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes, then roll into meatballs…I made 16 meatballs. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and spoon the Buffalo sauce over each meatball to cover the meatball completely, then put back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

2. To make the Buffalo sauce, as the meatballs are baking melt the butter in a medium size pot over medium low heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps. Next, add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder, brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine, making sure the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and save until it’s time to spoon over the meatballs!

3. To make the blue cheese sauce, in a medium pot over medium heat, add the half & half and heat until you see a little steam coming off the cream. It doesn’t need to be bubbling, you just want it hot enough to melt the cheese. Whisk in the flour, then add the blue cheese and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a serving bowl and let cool.

4. To serve, plate the buffalo chicken meatballs and serve with bowls of the remaining Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dipping sauce.

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