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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe


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This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe is a healthier version of a favorite party time snack. This is an appetizer recipe your guests will love so you might want to double it!

buffalo chicken meatballs with toothpicks in them on a white plate on a brown table next to a white bowl of sauce with a wooden spoon on a red and white cloth in the background

WHAT IS BUFFALO SAUCE?

Buffalo sauce dates all the way back to 1964. A bar owner in Buffalo, NY made a special sauce and covered some chicken wings in the sauce. It was a huge hit and spread across the country.

Buffalo sauce is now a hugely popular way to spice up all sorts of foods. The sauce is traditionally made with hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, butter and seasonings.

It is a bold sauce that is used in a lot of appetizer recipes.

INGREDIENTS FOR BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS

I love the taste of these chicken meatballs. It is a nice change from traditional beef meatballs.

a close up of buffalo chicken meatballs with toothpicks in them on a white plate on a brown table with a red and white cloth in the background

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS

I know that making homemade meatballs is a tad time-consuming. The bottom line is that it is worth the time because homemade meatballs are AMAZING and so much better than the frozen meatballs you can buy in the freezer section at the store.

STEP ONE: WHISK SAUCE

Combine 1/2 cup buffalo sauce and an egg in a large bowl. Whisk these ingredients together.

buffalo sauce and an egg in a white mixing bowl on a red and white cloth next to a wooden spoon

STEP TWO: ADD PANKO

Now add the panko bread crumbs to the bowl and stir to combine the ingredients.

panko bread crumbs, buffalo sauce and an egg in a white mixing bowl on a red and white cloth next to a wooden spoon

STEP THREE: ADD MEAT

Add the ground chicken and ranch seasoning to the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture. Stir to mix all the ingredients until well-combined.

ground chicken, ranch seasoning, panko bread crumbs, buffalo sauce and an egg in a white mixing bowl on a red and white cloth next to a wooden spoon

STEP FOUR: MAKE MEATBALLS

Scoop the meat mixture into meatballs. I like to use a tablespoon to make uniform sized meatballs. Roll the meat to form evenly sized balls.

raw buffalo chicken meatballs on a wooden cutting board on a white wood table next to a red and white cloth

STEP FIVE: BROWN MEATBALLS

Place a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and heat it up.

Place the meatballs in the skillet and brown each side.

buffalo chicken meatballs in a slow cooker next to a red and white cloth

STEP SIX: ADD TO SLOW COOKER

Put all the browned meatballs into the slow cooker. Pour the remaining buffalo sauce over the top of the meatballs.

Cook the meatballs in the slow cooker on low for 2 hours, stirring halfway through the cooking time.

Serve the meatballs with ranch dressing, if desired. You are now ready for game day!

buffalo chicken meatballs in a slow cooker covered in buffalo sauce

SLOW COOKER BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS RECIPE

You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for this yummy slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs recipe via the recipe card below.

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs recipe

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe is bold and delicious and makes a great party appetizer.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 263 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces buffalo wing sauce divided
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Ranch dressing for dipping optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together ½ cup buffalo wing sauce and egg. Add bread crumbs and stir to combine.
  • Add ground chicken and ranch seasoning and mix well.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop balls of meat mixture. Roll balls between hands to form an even ball.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add meatballs and brown each side.
  • Place browned meatballs in the bowl of a slow cooker. Top with remaining wing sauce.
  • Cook on low for two hours, stirring halfway through cook time.
  • Serve meatballs with ranch dressing for dipping (optional).

Notes

This makes around 20 meatballs.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 23gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 3341mgPotassium: 634mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 77IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
Keyword appetizer, buffalo sauce, easy meatballs
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