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Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

What better way to gear up for football season than adding crowd-pleasing Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs to your recipe repertoire? Meatballs are a mainstay around my house, as I'm constantly challenging myself to skip the store-bought sauces in favor of quick-fix homemade alternatives.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 24 meatballs


  • 2/3 cup hot sauce
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chicken (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced scallions
  • 1 large egg
  • Blue cheese or Ranch dressing, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 500°F. Generously grease a mini muffin pan or baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine the hot sauce and butter in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat and cook it, whisking constantly, until the butter has melted and the sauce is combined. Set the sauce aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the milk and breadcrumbs and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced scallions, egg, breadcrumb mixture, 1/3 of the prepared sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture and then shape it into balls using 2 to 3 tablespoons of meat per meatball.
  • Place the shaped meatballs into each cup of the mini muffin pan (or arrange them in a single layer in a baking dish) and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes until they are cooked through.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven, immediately transfer them to a bowl and toss them with the remaining sauce. Serve warm with blue cheese or Ranch dressing for dipping.

Kelly’s Note:

  • If you can’t find ground chicken at your local grocery store, you can substitute ground turkey.
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