Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo chicken meatballs are a great appetizer recipe with the same flavor as the classic wings but easier to make and less messy. The baked chicken meatballs are tossed in the spicy wing sauce – serve them with blue cheese dip and veggie sticks for a fun game day or party snack.

close-up shot of the final dish.

I love chicken wings, but I hate the mess, so say hello to these buffalo chicken meatballs. They’re easier to make (no frying!), and they’re easier to eat (no sauce all over your hands, face, and clothes!).

They have the same great spicy flavor but better because they’re baked, piled on a plate, and everyone can grab one with a toothpick. So, if neat and tidy is the theme of your next football party, these easy buffalo chicken meatballs need to be on the menu.

chicken meatballs in sauce with dip on the side.

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  • Ground chicken
  • Bread crumbs
  • Minced onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Large egg
  • Buffalo Sauce – I like Frank’s Redhot
  • Vegetable oil
  • Unsalted butter

Tip: Ground turkey will work great, too, but then you will need to call them buffalo turkey meatballs. I don’t make the rules.

ingredients for buffalo chicken meatballs.

How to Make Them

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the chicken, bread crumbs, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, and two tablespoons of hot sauce.

steps for making the meatball mixture.

Form the meat mixture into 2-inch meatballs and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the vegetable oil over the top of the meatballs.

Bake the chicken meatballs for 18 to 20 minutes. While they’re baking, you can make the sauce. 

steps for coating the meatballs in sauce.

Combine the hot sauce and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a paper towel or plastic wrap and heat the sauce for about 30 seconds. Whisk until the butter has melted into the sauce.

Place the baked meatballs in a large bowl and pour the sauce over the top. Shake the bowl to toss the meatballs evenly in the sauce and then transfer them to a serving bowl.

buffalo chicken meatballs with sauce.

Recipe Tips

Add a dipping sauce like blue cheese dip or homemade Ranch dressing.

Add some veggie sticks like sliced peppers, celery, and carrots on the side for dipping.

Feel free to slice some green onions and sprinkle them over the top of the meatballs for garnish.

Keep leftover buffalo chicken meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep well for three to four days.

You can also make and bake the meatballs ahead and keep them in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve them, warm them up in the microwave, prepare the sauce, and toss them together for a quick snack or appetizer.

Make Them a Meal

Instead of making them an app, make them dinner with a few add-ons:

  • Serve them over rice or cauliflower rice with a dollop of blue cheese dip on top.
  • Pile them in soft rolls to make buffalo chicken meatball sandwiches. Add a drizzle of Ranch on top for a sauce.
  • You can also toss them in a salad or wrap them up in a flour tortilla with lettuce and tomatoes.

Whether you make them to snack on or make them for dinner, I know you’re going to love them! The tender, juicy meatballs coated in that spicy sauce is the best combo. Enjoy!

Happy cooking,

a meatball dipped in blue cheese dip.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

buffalo chicken meatballs with sauce.

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Buffalo chicken meatballs are a great appetizer recipe with the same flavor as the classic wings but easier to make and less messy.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces hot sauce, such as Frank’s, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, bread crumbs, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce.
  2. Form the mixture into two-inch meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Drizzle the oil over the top. Bake them for 18-20 minutes.  
  3. While meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce by combining the remainder of hot sauce and butter in microwave safe dish.  Cover the bowl with a paper towel or plastic wrap and microwave the sauce for 30 seconds.  Stir or whisk until butter has completely melted. 
  4. Remove meatballs from the oven and place meatballs in a mixing bowl and toss them with the sauce.  Serve with blue cheese dip or Ranch dressing, celery, and carrots.


  • Serving Size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 69
  • Sugar: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 89.6mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.1g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 5.2g
  • Cholesterol: 31.7mg

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