Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs make for a great appetizer or even a dinner for those who love spicy wings. These take no time to make, and soon you can enjoy an amazing bowl of meatballs.

Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate and in a pan.

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What Makes Buffalo Chicken Meatballs the Perfect Party Food? 

Spicy meatballs? Yes, please! This Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe is a mashup of two favorite appetizers: Buffalo wings and mini-meatballs. And it just might be better than either!

Serve these meatballs at a party and let your guests serve themselves, or use them as a part of a main course. Either way, these meatballs are anything but ordinary.

Why Should You Try This Recipe?

These meatballs are a super-simple dish that anyone can make. Double or triple the recipe and you have enough to feed a crowd!

Do you want to enjoy your party and not worry about serving your guest? These meatballs will stay piping hot in a slow cooker or chafing dish for hours and allow folks to help themselves.

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Ingredients 

For the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs sauce, you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Garlic, minced
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Feel free to swap out Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for the hot sauce you prefer.

For the ground chicken meatballs, you’ll need:

  • Ground Chicken
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Granulated garlic 
  • Panko-style breadcrumbs
  • Egg, beaten
  • Vegetable oil

If you don’t have Panko-stye breadcrumbs, use any unseasoned breadcrumbs. 

Buffalo chicken meatballs ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Baked Chicken Buffalo Meatballs 

To prepare the Buffalo sauce:

  1. Place a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan, and once it stops foaming, add the minced garlic. 
melted butter and chopped garlic in a pan.
  1. Saute the garlic until it is fragrant and then pour in the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and the Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Stir until the sauce is warm, cover the saucepan, and reserve for later.
homemade Buffalo sauce for chicken meatballs.

To prepare the ground chicken Buffalo meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lightly grease it. Or line it with a silicone mat. Set the baking sheet aside.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl. 
ingredients for chicken meatballs in a mixing bowl.
  1. Use your hands to bring the ingredients together. To keep the meatballs light and fluffy, don’t over-mix or squeeze the meat.
  2. Wet your hands and form the mixture into meatballs slightly bigger than golf balls. Use a cookie scoop for even portions. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. 
raw chicken meatballs on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake the meatballs in the oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Flip the meatballs after 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. 

To serve baked chicken buffalo meatballs:

  1. Place the pan with the sauce over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the meatballs and stir to coat. 
  3. Heat until the meatballs and sauce are hot.
four Buffalo chicken meatballs and a fork on a black plate.

What to Serve With These Spicy Chicken Meatballs 

Help tame the heat by offering ranch and blue cheese dressing for dipping. Or you can drizzle the dressing on top. Garnish with chopped green onions. A few raw carrot sticks and celery sticks on the side are also a nice touch.

To turn these ground chicken Buffalo meatballs into a complete meal, try these options:

  1. Serve the meatballs on top of grits or mashed potatoes with collard greens. 
  2. Turn the meatballs into spicy chicken sliders. King’s Hawaiian Rolls adds a sweetness that helps control the Buffalo sauce’s heat. 
  3. Cut a few room-temperature meatballs in half and toss them with chopped romaine, sliced celery, shredded carrots, and blue cheese crumble. Serve the Buffalo Chicken Salad with a side of ranch dressing.

How to Store Extra Chicken Meatballs and Sauce

It is not a good idea to keep any extra meatballs that have been sitting out for more than a few minutes for safety reasons; however, you can prepare this recipe in advance.

If you plan to use the meatballs within the next day or two, you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The texture of the meatballs will be best if you keep them out of the sauce while in the fridge.

For storing Baked Chicken Buffalo meatballs longer than two days, try freezing the baked buffalo chicken meatballs without any sauce on a baking tray. Transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer-safe container and freeze.

Freeze the sauce separately, or better yet, make it fresh when reheating. 

How to Reheat Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Reheat the thawed meatballs and sauce in a covered pot over medium-low heat. 

overhead view of Buffalo chicken meatballs and sauce in a pan.

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Buffalo chicken meatballs on a plate and in a pan.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a tasty appetizer for any occasion.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 416kcal


  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ground chicken, salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic, panko, egg, and vegetable oil. Mix well.
  • Roll 1 to 1 ½ portion of meat into meatballs. Place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs for 30 to 35 minutes, until they are cooked through and browned on the bottom.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter and minced garlic. Heat over medium heat until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until the sauce becomes uniform.
  • Add the meatballs to the saucepan. Place a lid on the saucepan, turn the heat to low, and cook until the meatballs are heated through.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 1602mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. J Blake

    Whoa, baby! Hothothothot!
    (PS — I’m one of those few people overly sensitive to hot sauce (one to two drops of hot sauce in a half gallon soup is plenty!)

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