Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I’ve lived in the Buffalo, NY area all of my life, so I know my wings. Wings are a staple of parties and nights you don’t feel like cooking in this neck of the woods (which may explain the average waistband around here too). We have a yearly festival and locals hotly contend who makes the best wings. A lot of us also make our wings. In this post, I shared a recipe I like to use for baked wings. Nothing compares to hot and fresh wings right out of the fryer at the Anchor Bar or Duff’s (where President Obama made a stop here when he was in town last year. We locals analyzed his order for weeks and weeks) though.

Last week, Martha did a show about meatballs. Oh, how my family loves meatballs. I make Asian meatballs, Greek meatballs, and I almost always have a bag of my turkey meatballs in the freezer. Meatballs sub are a favorite for leftover meatballs here. So the idea of a meatball show had me quite excited. I was even more excited to see Martha and guests make Buffalo Chicken Wing Meatballs.  I HAD to give this one a try. I followed the recipe, however instead of using 3/4 cup of hot sauce, I reduced it to 1/4 cup – and this was still almost too hot for me (I am very sensitive to spicy foods – but the rest of the family did not think it was too spicy at all). This was very easy to make and they turned out perfectly. I did not make the bleu cheese dip recipe and instead used Marie’s light bleu cheese dressing, which is always in our fridge. This was a total home run. They tasted exactly like wings, but without the mess, high fat, or bones. This is absolutely a MUST make for Superbowl Sunday. We had this for dinner, but it’s really supposed to be a party food and it would work perfectly as that. This recipe is getting the highest rating from these chicken wing lovers!

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18 Responses to Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  1. woisme says:

    I plan on making these and your potato skins the weekend for Superbowl Sunday. Thanks for the tip on the hot sauce.

  2. marthaandme says:

    Oh, what a yummy day you will have! We always have nachos and guac, otherwise I would be tempted to have that too.

    If you are unsure how much hot sauce to use, I would suggest you add some and then make a teeny tiny meatball by just cooking up a bit of it in a small pan to sample the hotness level. The recipe says to combine the hot sauce with the butter, but you could definitely add more just to the mix later.

  3. sassy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! My husband’s been wanting me to make wings but these sound so much easier 🙂

  4. marthaandme says:

    They are really, really easy.

  5. These sound great and I need easy! We had wings for dinner last night, I think they’re a great dinner food.

  6. marthaandme says:

    Easy is always a plus!

  7. Christine says:

    These sound really good. I’m making chicken meatballs tonight, so this caught my eye. I don’t have all the ingredients for this particular dish, but I will get them for next time!

  8. Oh, man! These sound terrific. I love spicy stuff. Alas … we’re doing some healthy diet cleanse thing, starting on Super Bowl Sunday (we’re not football fans)… so I have at least 2 weeks of being really, really good about food ahead of me.

  9. I love spicy. I think I’ll make these for my husband and me sometime when the kids aren’t around.

  10. marthaandme says:

    Oh geez. I need to get back on the wagon too.

  11. marthaandme says:

    Fun! Or you could make half plain for the kids without the hot sauce.

  12. Oh I love spicy too. I’m not a fan of chicken wings, but having the same flavors in meatball form sounds yummy.

  13. What an ingenious idea. I’m thinking even someone hopeless in the kitchen — like me — could make them.

  14. marthaandme says:

    There is nothing hard about this recipe. Dump and mix then roll into balls and bake. Foolproof.

  15. These sound awesome! I’m totally going to try them, if not for Superbowl (my 15 year old already has the menu planned), then very soon.

  16. Leah says:

    Thanks for this. I posted to make them for game day. Not sure if I’m going to a party this year (since the Patriot’s are not in the Bowl) but I’m making them Sunday regardless. And I’ll freeze the extras. Yum!

  17. marthaandme says:

    I froze the extras too. Enjoy!

  18. I used to live in Buffalo and love wings. But this recipe sounds like an amazing buffalo wing alternative.
    Jeanine

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