Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! With herbs, veggies, & a little spicy cayenne. Heat is balanced perfectly by the cool, yogurt Blue Cheese Sauce. Healthy & delish!


    For The Meatballs & Buffalo Sauce:
    ¾ cup almond meal (or bread crumbs)
    1 tablespoon raw sugar (or 1 teaspoon regular white sugar)
    One third cup finely chopped celery, plus another one-third cup (about 3 sticks)
    ½ small onion, finely chopped
    1 large egg
    4 medium size garlic cloves minced
    2 green onions finely chopped
    1 pound lean ground chicken
    Handful of Parsley finely chopped ( about 3 tablespoons)
    ½ teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon Salt and pepper
    ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or Tabasco Sauce for a spicier flavor
    3 tablespoons butter
    For The Blue Cheese Sauce:
    ¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
    ¼ cup mayonnaise
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 ounce melted in microwave)
    One third cup fat free buttermilk
    Juice of ¼ lemon, or to taste
    1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
    1 tablespoon finely sliced green onion
    2 tablespoons finely chopped celery


    1. For The Meatballs & Buffalo Sauce:
    2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    4. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, almond meal, egg, garlic, onion powder, green onions, salt, pepper, and cayenne. With a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
    5. Roll the mixture into 1¼-to-1½-inch meatballs, forming about 21 meatballs.
    6. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the meatball reads 165 degrees.
    7. To make the Buffalo Sauce, add butter and sugar to a large pot over medium heat, and stir in Tabasco sauce. Allow the sauce to incorporate for 1-2 minutes, then turn off heat.
    8. Add the cooked meatballs to the pot, and gently coat them in the sauce. As the sauce cools, it will form a nice coating that sticks to the meatballs.
    9. Serve immediately, drizzled with blue cheese sauce, if desired
    10. For The Blue Cheese Sauce:
    11. Combine the first seven ingredients in a small bowl.
    12. Smash some of the blue cheese crumbles with the back of a spoon and stir to incorporate. Add parsley and celery.
    Credit: Foodista