Healthy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
These healthy buffalo chicken meatballs are sure a Superbowl Party favorite! You can not only serve them as a snack, appetizer but also as a quick meal. These buffalo meatballs are Paleo, Keto and easy to make.
Superbowl is coming up and you know someone has to be in charge of bringing the buffalo meatballs.
Why not it be you?! I’ve got the best buffalo chicken meatball recipe for you to try.
These are perfect because you can make them ahead of time and then bake them or just warm them up right before you are ready to serve.
Additionally, these healthy meatballs can be enjoyed as a quick meal for the whole family.
And they store well in the freezer making them a perfect meal prep recipe so you can always have something healthy ready to go.
Are Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Healthy?
These buffalo chicken meatballs are loaded with lean protein, whether you use chicken or turkey.
There are no breadcrumbs in this healthy meatball recipe, which keeps them free of gluten and makes them keto, and paleo-friendly.
You can also easily mince some carrots and celery to sneak some extra veggies in them too.
They are such a good way to pack all the flavors and up your daily lean protein intake.
Ingredients Needed for this Buffalo Meatball Recipe
I used minimal ingredients to make these delicious buffalo chicken meatballs so that it’s quick and easy for you to make too.
For buffalo chicken meatballs you will need:
- Ground turkey or ground chicken
- Buffalo sauce – I used (enter sauce here)
- Arrowroot flour- keeps the meatballs tender and moist after baking
- Yellow onion, diced
- Garlic powder
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Green onion and cilantro- for garnish (optional)
How to Make Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
First, preheat the oven to 400 F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, thoroughly mix ground chicken (or turkey, if using) buffalo sauce, arrowroot flour, egg, chopped yellow onion, garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
Note: the buffalo sauce itself is usually pretty salty so be sure to take this into consideration when you’re adding salt.
Cover meatball mixture and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Then roll them into golf-sized balls; makes about 12-16 meatballs depending on how large you make them.
Bake 10-11 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.
In a large bowl or pan, toss meatballs in buffalo sauce.
Drizzle ranch over meatballs, garnish with green onion and/or blue cheese crumbles if desired.
How to Serve Healthy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Meatballs can be served in so many ways, some of my favorite includes:
- Served on their own as an appetizer.
- In lettuce wraps as a ‘skinny’ meatball wrap.
- On your favorite sub or sandwich bread.
- On top of pasta, zucchini, or spaghetti squash.
- Break them up and put them into a lasagna.
- Crumbled on top of the pizza.
- Served with veggies on the side.
There are SO many uses for these meatballs so I highly recommend making extra and freezing them.
That way you always have some you can use.
Tips for the Best Buffalo healthy Meatballs
Meatballs are a very particular kind of food.
Everyone has their special ingredient or method to making the “perfect” meatball. I’ve included a couple of my own tips for you here as well.
Make sure the oven is the correct temperature.
Many ovens can either “run hot” or “run cold,” so make sure your oven temp is accurate.
I always stress this tip because my oven lies to me sometimes and usually takes an extra 5-10 minutes after the preheat beep goes off for it to reach the target temp.
I use an oven thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is accurate.
This is super important since we’re not cooking the meatballs further in any later steps so you want to make sure they are fully cooked at the right temperature.
Poultry has an internal temp of 165 F when it is thoroughly cooked.
Be mindful of the salt.
Depending on the type of buffalo sauce you use there will be varying salt content.
The higher the salt content of the buffalo sauce, the less you’ll want to add to your meatball mixture.
I personally didn’t need any additional salt to this buffalo meatball recipe.
Can I Use Turkey Instead of Chicken?
Ground chicken and ground turkey are both lean meats with comparable fat content and are interchangeable in most recipes.
I love some good ole Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
If you prefer the flavor of ground turkey over ground chicken or you simply can’t find ground chicken at the store go ahead and use the ground turkey, it will be just as delicious!
How to Store Healthy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Store leftover (cooked) meatballs in the fridge for up to 3 days.
One of the great things about meatballs is that they are the perfect make-ahead food so if you are looking to prep meatballs in advance you can store uncooked meatballs in the fridge to cook for the next day.
I wouldn’t recommend leaving them in the fridge for longer than 2 days before cooking.
Can I Freeze Buffalo Chicken Meatballs?
Yes, you can!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions on postpartum meal prep and this recipe would be perfect for that.
Freeze the meatballs without the garnish and add the toppings when you’re ready to serve.
What’s your favorite way to eat buffalo chicken meatballs? Leave a comment below!
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Get the recipe:Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp Buffalo sauce
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
- Salt and Pepper to taste *
- 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
Sauce and Garnish
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
- Chopped green onion
- Blue cheese, optional ***
- Ranch, optional
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, thoroughly mix ground chicken or turkey with buffalo sauce, arrowroot flour, egg, chopped yellow onion, garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
- Cover meatball mixture and refrigerate for 20 minutes or overnight for best results.
- Roll into golf-sized balls; makes about 12-16 meatballs depending on how large you make them.
- Bake 10-11 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.
- In a large bowl, toss meatballs in buffalo sauce. Or toss in a pan and warm it up on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Drizzle ranch over meatballs, garnish with green onion and/or blue cheese crumbles if desired.
- * The buffalo sauce itself is usually pretty salty so be sure to take this into consideration when you’re adding salt.
- Make sure your oven has reached 400 F (it usually reaches the target temp 10 minutes after beeping). I recommend using an oven thermometer.
- ** Blue cheese (if using) is not paleo compliant.
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.