When making appetizers for a party, whether you’re hosting or a guest, buffalo chicken meatballs will always be a hit. The flavor of this sauce has just enough spice and the meatballs come out tender and juicy every time.

Meatballs on a white plate with green onions and more meatballs in background.

We love to serve these buffalo chicken meatballs with a few other appetizers, like these sweet potato bites, something from this list of cream cheese dip recipes, and the most popular party food I make, Maryland crab dip.

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πŸ–€ Why We Love this Recipe

Besides the great flavor, I love how easy it is to make these meatballs. I usually have everything on hand to make these except the chicken and green onions, so a quick trip to the store and this perfect appetizer can be in the oven in no time.

I actually love when friends drop in for an impromptu glass of wine, so I often have something I’ve made in the freezer I can just pull out and stick in the oven. We like easy around here!

πŸ›’ What Goes Into This Recipe

Ingredients for buffalo meatballs.

Key Ingredients

Ground Chicken: We like using ground chicken for these meatballs as it’s healthier than beef, but you can use either, or a combination. Pork is good, too.

Spices: The combination of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper is all you need for dry spices.

Buffalo Sauce: Choose your favorite.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and instructions.

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ How to Make these Meatballs

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Step 2: Add chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, egg, green onions, salt, black pepper, buffalo sauce, and bread crumbs to a large bowl.

Ground chicken and other ingredients to make buffalo meatballs.

Gently mix together until well combined.

Ground chicken and other ingredients to make buffalo meatballs.

Step 3: Using clean hands, form golf ball sized meatballs, about 1 Β½ inches in diameter.

Step 4: Place meatballs on a prepared baking sheet.

Chicken meatballs on baking sheet.

Step 5: Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the meatballs with oil.

Step 6: Bake meatballs for 20 -25 minutes.

Step 7: Once you’ve removed meatballs from the oven, drizzle with a little sauce and stir to coat.

Meatballs on a white plate with green onions and more meatballs and sauce in background.

Serve with cocktail forks or toothpicks and extra sauce on the side. Note: these stainless cocktail forks are great, but for even easier clean-up, we love these wooden disposable cocktail forks.

Optional: you could also serve a bowl of Blue cheese dressing for dipping. The two sauces are delicious together!

What to Serve with Chicken Meatballs

If you’re having a cocktail party or a gathering where you’re serving appetizers, we like to serve these meatballs with celery sticks and carrot sticks, just like you’d serve buffalo wings.

Cocktails are always popular at parties, too, so try this Iced Tea Whisky Slush or something from this list of best cocktails on the rocks.

πŸ“– Variations

These meatballs are so versatile. You can create something different just by changing up the sauce.

  • Mix equal parts grape jelly and chili sauce for that traditional sweet and sour cocktail meatball recipe.
  • Chili sauce mixed with apricot preserves is another delicious sauce for party meatballs. Add a dash of sriracha hot sauce for a little heat.
  • Hoisin sauce mixed with a little honey, soy sauce, and grated fresh ginger makes another delicious sauce your guests will love.

You can also combine ground pork and chicken instead of just chicken for a different spin on party meatballs.

Top the meatballs with green onions for a pretty garnish that adds a little extra flavor.

Top Tips

Be careful not to overcook these chicken buffalo meatballs as they may turn out tough if cooked too long.

A cookie scoop makes making the meatballs even easier.

If you (like me) often forget your platters when attending parties, pick up a few of these disposable party platters your host can just throw away!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know the meatballs are cooked through?

You can cut one of the meatballs in half to make sure it isn’t pink inside. This gives you the chance to taste one beforehand, too. If you don’t want to cut one, meatballs should register 160ΒΊ in the middle using a meat thermometer.

How long can these meatballs keep?

Store the meatballs in an airtight container for up to five days.

Can I freeze these meatballs?

You can easily freeze these meatballs. If freezing before cooking, arrange in a single layer and freeze until hard. Store in a gallon baggie for up to one month. If freezing after cooked, follow same instructions but let cool before freezing. Both should be thawed overnight before cooking or reheating. Add sauce when cooking or reheating.

Meatballs on a white plate with green onions and more meatballs in background.

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Chicken meatballs sprinkled with green onions on a white plate.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Spicy buffalo chicken meatballs are always a popular appetizer for a tailgate gathering or cocktail party. We like to serve these with a bowl of extra sauce for dipping.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 22 meatballs

Calories: 39kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ F.

  • Add chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, egg, green onions, salt, black pepper, buffalo sauce, and bread crumbs to a large bowl. Gently mix together until well combined.

  • Using your hands, form golf ball sized meatballs.

  • Place meatballs on a prepared baking sheet.

  • Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the meatballs with oil.

  • Bake meatballs for 20 -25 minutes.

  • Once you’ve removed meatballs from the oven, drizzle them with buffalo sauce and gently stir to coat them with sauce.

  • Serve with small forks or toothpicks and extra sauce on the side. Optional: serve with a dish of blue cheese dressing.

Notes

Be careful not to overcook these chicken buffalo meatballs as they may turn out tough if cooked too long.
Chicken meatballs can be stored in an airtight container for 5 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze these meatballs for about 4 months. Let cool before freezing.

Nutrition

Serving: 4 | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg