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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These tangy, slightly spicy meatballs come together easily in the slow cooker 
and are great for game day eats.  

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There is a big, big game this coming Sunday.

Did you know that?  I have a few friends who never watch a lick of sports, never know what is going on with local teams and don't give a hoot about whose is in first place in the standings.

That's fine.

We bond over other things.  Like our kids, the latest Neflix shows {currently I'm watching Cheer and Virgin River} and what's for dinner.  To each is own, right?

But again, there is a BIG game this Sunday.  It's the Super Bowl!

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Even if you aren't interested in the game {by the way it's the Chiefs and 49ers playing} you are probably interested in the snacks.

And commercials.

There is a reason why more pizzas are ordered on Super Bowl Sunday versus any other day in the year.  People like to eat while watching {or not watching} a game!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

These meatballs are SO GOOD.

And dare I say, semi-healthy?  Take a look at the nutritional stats at the bottom of this page.  This batch makes 35 meatballs and each just has 3 carbs, 7 grams of protein and just over 70 calories.  Now, if you go and dip them in a ton of dressing that of course will change the nutritional value, but plain these are pretty darn good!

Plus - for you "I can't handle the heat" readers {I know you're out there....} you can determine how hot you want these to be.  You can eliminate the wing sauce in the meatball mixture if you'd like {really it doesn't add heat, just flavor} but there is always that option.

Make them your own!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Any meal preppers out there?

These are another great high-protein alternative, especially if you work out of the home, stick 5 or 6 in a container to heat up for a quick lunch or snack.  They reheat well and last for days as leftovers.

Another great idea - slice them up and layer them on a homemade buffalo chicken pizza!  That style of pizza is one of my favorites.

Or as subs!  Layer them in a hoagie and toast them in the oven quick topped with some mozzarella cheese.

Or, of course just eat them PLAIN with a toothpick.

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Y'all go grab the ingredients for these meatballs so you can be eating them while watching the big game on Sunday!

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Yield: 35 meatballs
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M
A great game day appetizer! These slightly spicy, slightly tangy meatballs are perfect for game watching or just a fun appetizer night! Don't forget to dip them in ranch or bleu cheese.


  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t minced onion flakes
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • additional wing sauce to cook in + ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping


How to cook Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, seasonings and green onion.  Mix until well combined.  Place this mixture in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the freezer and using a cookie scoop form into 35 meatballs, around 1 inch in diameter, give or take.
  4. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Pour enough buffalo wing sauce to coat the bottom of your slow cooker, then place the meatballs into the cooker.  Pour additional wing sauce over the meatballs.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  7. Serve immediately warm with ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping, if desired.
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If you choose to use real peanut butter please note these nutritional values will have to be adjusted accordingly.

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