Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Get ready for fall with these spicy treats


Ball it up, sauce it up, spice it up, add sausage. No, these aren't the chapter headings for my upcoming autobiography, which apropos of nothing is titled, "Crumbs in My Cleavage, The Titillating Truth." These are the tactics I must employ to get my husband, with the palate of a 12-year-old Mexican boy, to eat things that he normally resists. So poached flounder with jasmine rice becomes Spicy! Fish Balls! With Grains of Wonder! And a Side of Chorizo! What can I say? After 15 years together, I know how to appeal to his inner Mexican child.

Now, my husband loves Buffalo wings. So much so, that they are actually HIS specialty. He marinates them overnight in a magical concoction of Crystal hot sauce, fresh jalapenos, garlic, and the essence of childhood pinata dreams. He then grills them low and slow for an hour, and they are wonderfully delicious. Trust me, I'll show you the size of my ass, and you'll see just how delicious.
But, I have been working these past six months to lighten up our diet a bit, as well as my ass. So, at the grocery, I headed for the ground chicken and turkey case. Which made the husband go, "OOGA! OOGA BOOGA! Me eat meat! Me no eat ground girl meat! OOGA!" At that moment, I knew I was going to have to use not one, not two, but three of my Super Powers. Balls, sauce, and spice. The sausage? Well, I kept that in my special pocket. For later.

Dawn's Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

1 lb. ground chicken (preferably ground chicken breast if you have a fat ass like me)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (a little more if you like it spicy like we do)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
4 Laughing Cow Blue Cheese Wedges (or real blue cheese if you don’t have a fat ass), cut into thirds
1/2-3/4 cup hot sauce (preferably Crystal, if you know what’s good for ya!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8” x 8” glass casserole dish lightly with some non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken and all the spices. Mix well, using your hands.

Take a rounded teaspoon of the chicken mixture and flatten it a bit in the palm of your hand. Place one of the Laughing Cow thirds in the center, then top with another rounded teaspoon of the chicken mixture. Roll around between the palms of your hands lightly, forming a ball*. Be sure to fully ensconce the blue cheese inside. Place in casserole dish. Repeat, until you have 12 balls (you may end up with a couple more or less).

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked all the way through. Remove from oven, and pour hot sauce over the top. Return to oven for 5 minutes to heat hot sauce. Enjoy with your Mexican caveman.

*Ground chicken is much stickier than ground turkey or beef, so it is helpful to lightly wet your hands between meatballs.  This is also why I don’t bother to add an egg and breadcrumbs.

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  • Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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    Wow I am making these immediately, and I'm lamenting the fact that I didn't think of this myself years ago. Keep em coming Dawn!

    Aug 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

  • Dawn, you're so funny! These sound perfect for parties, all the yummy flavour of hot wings and none of the mess. I'll be trying these this weekend. Thanks.

    Aug 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

  • Thanks so much for the feedback! I have come to realize that my sense of humor is that of an 8-year old boy, and oddly, I'm kind of okay with that. If you decide to make them, please come back and share how they turned out!

    Sep 01, 2011 at 8:32 AM

  • Snooth User: Kate Statton
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    Dawn these sound DELICIOUS. My mouth is watering. Can't wait to try. I bet they'd be good thrown in with some mac and cheese. yummm

    Sep 01, 2011 at 12:03 PM

  • Kate...good call! I usually just warm up one of those Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese things, which is just enough for my Mexican Caveman and my fat ass. However, I can see these being SUPER yummy mixed into the real deal mac and cheese. Great suggestion!

    Sep 01, 2011 at 2:52 PM

  • Rosina Foods makes them, look for them in your local supermarket. They are great. Heat and serve.

    Sep 03, 2011 at 7:35 PM

  • Snooth User: mlees
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    I made these for a labor day party and they were gone in minutes! next time I have to make 3lbs! I also added the butter to the hot sauce so that when they were reheated at the party they would not dry out. Everyone loved them! Can't wait to make them again.
    do you think I could make ahead of time and freeze them?

    Sep 06, 2011 at 8:09 AM

  • That is so great! I am glad you liked them, and adding butter to the hot sauce was a good call for the reheating. I definitely think that these would freeze well. Thanks so much for the feedback!

    Sep 07, 2011 at 8:49 AM

  • Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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    I made these last week, with two somewhat accidental substitutions: gorgonzola (still delicious) - and crystal wing sauce, which turned out to be a disappointment since they use some kind of nasty artificial butter flavoring. The store didn't carry regular hot sauce for some reason. Other than the downside of being stuck with 3/4 of a bottle of leftover weak sauce, the meatballs still turned out pretty great, and were very enjoyable in sandwich form. Thanks Dawn!

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

  • Snooth User: grandma2
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    Sounds great. I am going to try these, does anyone have any suggestions as to which hot sauce is best to use?

    Sep 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

  • These were great but I used Sweet Baby Rays wing sauce along with the butter variation.

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:44 PM

  • Snooth User: iggywine
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    As the Mexicans like to say "Me Quiero Morir!!" The description is fabulous - I love a cook with a sense of humor! Can't wait to try the recipe, and I don't even like Buffalo wings!!!

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

  • Snooth User: Mimi Kim
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    Love your sense of humor, Dawn! I love meatballs (and ate a lot of lamb ones today) and was contemplating how I could lighten them up. I don't like ground turkey but haven't tried chicken. The meatballs had no trouble staying together, even without breadcrumbs and eggs?

    Sep 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

  • So glad that you all are enjoying not only my meaty balls (heh) but also my twisted sense of humor! I really am a 8 year old boy at heart, I think.

    Chris and Grandma, that nasty artificial butter wing sauce is barf-worthy, I agree. You really could use any hot sauce (just not straight tabasco), even Frank's if you have to. We just love the unfettered nature of Crystal.

    Thanks, Uncle Naples! Ah, Naples...how I wish I was there right now.

    Iggy, thanks so much! I hope you try them and please let me know how they turn out.

    Mimi, thanks for the compliment! I love ground turkey, but for these the ground chicken is perfect. And for some reason, the ground chicken is really sticky. It can be a little off-putting, but they come together fine. If yours don't hold together well, you can certainly use the egg/bread crumb binder, but I have never needed it. Also, when rolling, I usually will wet my hands every two balls (again, heh) or so because it makes them easier to roll.

    Enjoy, everyone! Thanks so much!

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:41 AM

  • This recipe sounds great Dawn! (love your sense of humor by the way!). I am going to try these for our super bowl party for sure. But I will make them first to make sure my husband approves!

    Oct 09, 2011 at 1:39 PM

  • Thanks, PG! I hope he likes them and that you do too! On the front page right now (sorry, I'm respond from my Blackberry so getting link for you not easy) of What's Cookin', are a couple of other great football watching, man pleasing recipes too! Enjoy!

    Oct 09, 2011 at 2:54 PM

  • I saw those other recipes and printed them out as well! They look awesome! I'm sure the hubby will love them too! I'll let you know when I make these!

    Oct 09, 2011 at 4:06 PM

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