A Light and Spicy Appetizer for New Years

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

December 27, 2015   4 Comments

The American Buffalo chicken wing is a scary thing.

First, who ever heard of a buffalo chicken? I had no idea what it was for the longest time.

Second, the person who came up with buffalo chicken wings was a genius. You deep fry the wings and then add spicy sauce to get a fatty, spicy, crunchy, incredibly delicious when paired with beer, messy, treat.

I had no idea how fatty they were until I started paying attention (and I am sorry I did).

This buffalo chicken wing makeover is for the enthusiast who knows that she needs to lay off the regular stuff. You get chicken and the spicy sauce but you greatly reduce the fat (no deep frying and 99% breast meat).

These are good! I liked them a lot but I found that they were best served hot (both the temperature and the spice). You can keep them hot in a small slow cooker if you are having a Super Bowl party.

Chicken breast meat is flavorless so the addition of painfully spicy sauce is a great idea.

Do you have a Buffalo chicken wing problem? Have you solved it?

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe

Makes 20 meatballs

¼ cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 pound 99% fat free chicken breast, ground
1 cup buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. In a large bowl, mix onion, garlic, bread crumbs, and salt. Add chicken breast and mix until blended.

Divide meat into four equal sections. For each section, roll 5 balls and put on baking sheet until you have 20 meatballs. Bake for 15 minutes until cooked through.

At this point, you can store the meatballs or move on to the next step.

Add buffalo wing sauce to a small saucepan or small slow cooker. Heat sauce until warm and add meatballs. Stir to coat meatballs. Serve hot with toothpicks.

For one meatball = 44 calories, 0.9 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 1.4 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 7.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 113 mg sodium, 1 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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Yummy! What a nice change from Swedish meatballs! I think I'd even like them served hot on top of rice! Definitely going to serve a bunch of these on New Year's Eve! Thanks Lisa!

on December 27, 2015

These look real yummy Lisa!!
You gave me a new appetizer to do for New years Eve....

on December 27, 2015

i make the baked wing recipe on the franks bottle. simply bake the entire wing - i dont even cut them up - 30 minutes on each side at 400 - then toss them in the hotsauce butter mixture and inhale. you wont even miss the fried version. i dont feel too guilty eating the skin when cooked this way.

on December 27, 2015

My neighbor just gave me a tube of ground chicken and I think that this would be great.

on January 4, 2016

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