Started in the oven and finished up in the slow cooker, these easy Buffalo chicken meatballs have all of your favorite chicken wing flavor but are much easier and less messy to eat. They're moist and tender with a slightly toasted exterior and coated in a tangy, spicy sauce with just a hint of sweetness. Use thin celery sticks as skewers and serve them with ranch dressing. Perfect for parties or tailgating!


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35 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 45 mins
44 meatballs


Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  • Combine 2 cups Buffalo sauce, butter, and honey in a slow cooker. Cover and set to High while you prepare the meatballs.

  • Combine bread crumbs, celery, green onions, blue cheese, eggs, and remaining 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce in a large bowl; stir until well combined. Add chicken, salt, and pepper; mix well. Wet your hands and form mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs; you should get about about 44. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake meatballs in the preheated oven until they're holding together well and are lightly browned, about 8 minutes; they will not be cooked through at this point.

  • Transfer meatballs to the slow cooker and stir well to combine with the sauce. Reduce heat to Low and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers reads at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 1 to 2 hours. Keep warm until ready to eat.

Cook's Notes:

You could use this mixture and form patties for Buffalo chicken sliders!

We used Frank's(R) RedHot(R) Buffalo Sauce but any favorite wing sauce will work.

Make Ahead Idea: Follow steps 1, 3, and 4, and then freeze the partially cooked meatballs. When ready to use, add to the slow cooker with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 23.6g; carbohydrates 19.8g; fat 13.2g; cholesterol 106.2mg; sodium 1709.4mg. Full Nutrition