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Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from scratch with this simple recipe. Perfect for game day parties or a weeknight meal. These meatballs are loaded with flavor and taste amazing.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the slow cooker with a serving on a wooden spoon
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If you are looking for a crowd pleasing appetizer recipe or an easy game day recipe, make these buffalo chicken meatballs in the slow cooker. The crock pot does all the work and the meatballs turn out so flavorful.

If you love to serve meatballs for your holiday parties or a weeknight meal, then you might like this Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs. These Crock Pot Honey Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe is also a family favorite. You may also love this Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders for another easy party recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

We often make frozen meatballs but making them from scratch taste even better. The combination of the ingredients gives these meatballs so much flavor.

The addition of the buffalo wing sauce makes meatballs even better. If you love our Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe or Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers, then these meatballs are for you.

Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Ingredients - ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, celery, onion, garlic, paprika, garlic powder, onion, powder, salt and pepper, parsley
  • Ground chicken
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Egg
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic, minced
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped

For Cooking:

  • Buffalo Sauce

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Variations:

  • Spicy – If you would like to add extra spice to your sauce, sprinkle in some red pepper flakes.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add or change the seasoning in this recipe. Italian seasoning is a great option to this meatball recipe.
  • Hot Sauce – Once topping the rolls with the meatball, sauce, and ranch top with hot sauce. This combination of the ranch and hot sauce together makes the best flavor.
  • Sauce – We love the sweet and tangy sauce of the combination buffalo sauce and honey. But you can also top with marinara sauce.
  • Meat – Ground chicken works great in this recipe, but you can also use ground turkey.

Step by Step Instructions

Combining ingredients in a bowl with a spatula

Step 1 – In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, panko breadcrumbs, and egg. Add in chopped celery, onion, garlic, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until well combined but do not over mix.

Forming meat mixture into balls on a platter

Step 2 – Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and arrange them on a plate.

Pouring buffalo sauce into slow cooker

Step 3 – Pour the buffalo sauce into the crockpot.

Adding meatballs to the slow cooker and combining with the sauce

Step 4 – Gently place the meatballs into the crockpot, turning them to coat in the sauce.

  • Step 5 – Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through and have an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Step 6 – If desired, garnish the cooked meatballs with fresh parsley and green onions before serving. Serve warm and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Ingredients – Combine the meatball ingredients together completely without over mixing.
  • Forming Meatballs – To make the meatballs even, you can use a cookie scoop to form the balls. This will help for them to cook about the same time.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the meatballs. You can cook on low or high. Keep them warm in the slow cooker while you are serving them.
  • Serving Meatballs – Serving meatballs are best served warm. If you are reheating meatballs, heat them in the microwave or on the stove top for the best results.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the slow cooker

Serving Suggestions

Whether you are serving them as a main dish or an appetizer, they are always a crowd favorite. Make sure to serve your favorite dipping sauces such as blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

These are some of our favorite side dish. I am serving these as a meal, I like to prepare some white rice for a complete meal idea.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the slow cooker with a serving on a wooden spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bake Buffalo Chicken Meatballs?

Yes, if you prefer you can bake these meatballs in the oven on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. We recommend flipping the meatballs halfway through until cooked through. You may need to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

How to Store:

Place the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. When you are ready to reheat, we prefer to reheat on the stove top. You can also microwave in a microwave safe dish in 30 second intervals.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, these meatballs freeze great. You can freeze them uncooked or cooked. We do recommend flash freezing the meatballs for about an hour then place in a freezer bag. This way you can take out the amount that you want to make.

More Easy Crock Pot Meatballs Recipe:

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

5 from 4 votes
Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe gives you lots of buffalo flavor in bite size meatballs. Try easy buffalo chicken meatballs for game day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 145

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

For Cooking:

  • 1-1 1/2 cups buffalo sauce (depending on how saucy you like it)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped (for serving)
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped celery, onion, garlic, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until well combined but do not over mix.
  • Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and arrange them on a plate.
  • Pour the buffalo sauce into the crockpot.
  • Gently place the meatballs into the crockpot, turning them to coat in the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through and have an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If desired, garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!  

Recipe Notes

Cooking Time: The cooking time might vary depending on the size of the meatballs and the crockpot.
Always check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.
Meatball Size: Keep the meatballs uniform in size to ensure even cooking. A small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon can be used for consistency.
Sauce Absorption: Over time, the meatballs will absorb some of the buffalo sauce. If you prefer them saucier, consider adding extra sauce towards the end of the cooking time.
Crockpot Size: This recipe is designed for a 6-quart Crockpot. If you’re using a smaller crockpot, you may need to cook the meatballs in batches or reduce the recipe quantity to ensure they cook evenly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 145kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 15g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 96mg, Sodium 1934mg, Potassium 456mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 284IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 1mg

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