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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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  • Author: Shelagh
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course


Double batch ’em for a crowd!


Units Scale


  • 1 bunch green onions (chop fine, separate white and green)
  • 1/2 rib celery stalk (large) (minced fine)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced fine)
  • Pinch of kosher salt (affiliate link) (it’s just better!)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Meat mixture:

  • 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (optional)
  • green part of green onions (minced fine)
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (use 1/2 cup regular if that’s what you’ve got)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (affiliate link)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper (it’s better too!)
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (optional)


  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I love Cry Baby Craig’s) (it’s hot!)
  • 23 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (use more to temper the spicy) (Asian variety)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola or bleu cheese
  • carrot and celery stick
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing (your favorite)


  1. Sauté onions (white part), celery and cumin until celery starts to soften. Add garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté one minute. Remove from heat and cool

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with a sheet of parchment paper.

  1. In a large bowl, mix meats and green onion (green part) with panko and egg. Season with salt, pepper, and optional Aleppo pepper. Mix in cooled onion/celery mixture, and combine well, but don’t over-mix.
  2. Wet your hands and grab a heaping tablespoon of the mixture, form into meatballs. I use a mini-ice cream scoop. Place on the pan, leave a little room between each meatball so they don’t steam, you want them to brown*-up well. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes, until they are nice and golden. 


*Remember: brown stuff means flavor!